International Probus Day celebrated

Probus groups around the Limestone Coast celebrated International Probus Day in coordination with the rest of Australia and New Zealand recently.

Probus is an association of retired and semi-retired people who join together in clubs providing regular opportunities for them to keep their minds active, expand their interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.

Seven local groups including Gambier City Ladies, Blue Lake, Millicent, Mount Gambier Ladies, Mount Gambier Men’s, Penola Men’s and Port MacDonnell gathered together to mark the occasion.

The event was complete with quizzes, lucky door prizes, lunch and guest speakers.

Mount Gambier Men’s Probus president Kevin Packer said he was proud of the role Probus plays in the community.

“Probus Day is used to raise awareness for the Probus Community in Australia and New Zealand, held in association with United Nations Day of Older Persons which is recognised around the world,” he said.

“This year’s theme is focused on the positive social connections that Probus provides.

“I think this year’s theme is particularly important because the pandemic has increased the risk of loneliness and social isolation which is challenging.

“Throughout these times many of our members have stayed active and connected through Probus.”

Mr Packer said Probus clubs were sponsored by a Rotary Club, with each Probus club aligned with a Rotary district.

“Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and in between activities there was plenty of time our main three values of fun, friendship and fellowship,” he said.

“It was a great opportunity for all the clubs to get together especially as meetings have been few and far between with COVID.”

Those interested in joining or learning more about Probus can contact Kevin Packer on 0417 891 036 for more information.

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