60 plus Coffee Club still going strong

Long time supporters... Five of the original members of the Enliven SupportLink 60 plus Coffee Club members celebrating the 10th anniversary of the start of the group are (from left) Elaine Cruickshank, co-ordinator Patricia Officer Young, Heather Fennessy, Terry Moulin, Anne Cooney and Dawn Olson. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Six times the number that attended the first coffee club meeting in Gore celebrated the group’s 10th anniversary last week.

Sixty-six Enliven SupportLink 60 plus Coffee Club members met at the Gore Town and Country for lunch to mark the milestone.

The group was started in 2011 by SupportLink co-ordinator Patricia Officer Young.

Mrs Officer Young said when she started the group she was not sure if anyone would come.

“Eleven people [came] – we’ve got four or five of them still here.”

However, the group had gone from strength to strength.

“I think there is a good need for it,” Mrs Officer Young said.

The growth of the group was very pleasing.

“I am very proud of the achievement really, because these lovely people keep coming back.”

Each week, she sent out 83 newsletters to let people know where they were meeting.

Now, there were only four venues in Eastern Southland that could accommodate everyone who came.

Many people who came brought a friend.

The group was open to anyone who was over 60 years old.

The coffee club is one of the many services of Presbyterian Support, Southland.

Presbyterian Support community services manager Karl Lamb, of Invercargill, was a guest at the lunch.

Mr Lamb said the Gore club was the biggest in Southland.

“It is very popular and a lot of that [is due to] the hard work Patricia has done here,” Mr Lamb said.

“There is still a need and a place for the fellowship of being able to get together.”