25th International Day of Older Persons was observed at Tagore Theatre, Sector-18, Chandigarh today with solemnity and enthusiasm. The month of September had seen a flurry of activities – four socio-medicalcamps, a function in Old Age Home, two Gala Morning functions, the popular “Walk for Fun” and Mushaira – in the run-up for this day. Senior citizens were agog in anticipation of today’s Grand Finale, if the large turnout at the venue was anything to go by. Smt. Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), was Chief Guest at the function.
The Chief Guest, addressing senior citizens, appreciated the efforts made by Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA) in providing much needed services not only to senior citizens but also to other challenged sections of society by way of medical and other facilities, counseling and guidance. She was happy that the Association was providing a platform to elders to share their joys and sorrows and relieving them from worries of loneliness. She appealed to younger generations to accept moral responsibility to look after the elders who had made great contributions to take the country forward.
The beautiful environs of Sukhna Lake hummed with activity today as senior citizens started arriving in droves right from 5.30 am to take part in the much-awaited “WALK FOR FUN”. This annual event, held in the run up to Senior Citizens’ Day for the 12th time, was organized jointly by Chandigarh Police and Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA).
Today’s event drew more than 700 participants, many in their eighties, and some in their ninetees who had to cover a maximum of 3 K.M. President of the Association Sh. Daljit Singh Grewal explained that till 2009 there was an element of competition in which men and women in different age groups had to cover different distances. This practice was discontinued since there were some cases of over-exertion. As the underlying aim to get people out to enjoy the environment and breathe fresh air in the tranquil atmosphere of the Lake rather than testing their stamina, it was felt that a non-competitive event would do just as well.
For the fourth year in a row, Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA) invited the local Police Force and families to Tagore Theatre on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, to felicitate them, and to honour some of them, for selfless and courteous service. This is an unique function wherein an important segment of society organize a thanksgiving function for the whole force AND the families. The programme drew massive response over 1100 persons into the under-1000 capacity hall.
Chandigarh Police and CSCA have been collaborating with each other for the last eighteen years. In fact, Chandigarh has become a model for other states and UTs which want the same facilities as provided by the Police in Chandigarh – Beat Officers visiting older persons, specially those living alone; a dedicated Helpline; special car stickers; caring attitude and prompt response; participation in the Cycle Rally for Environment AND, above all, the Annual Walk-for-Fun.