October 1st was the International Day of Older Persons
In 1990 the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons to bring attention to issues of old age, to enable older persons to realize their potential, and celebrate the contributions of elderly persons to their families and to Society. Their overarching theme for 2022: Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World with New York Commemoration: “The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women”.
Event: Annual Fair for the Elderly
Date: October 1st, 2022
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Vibrant Aging Community Center.
Tours of the VAC Center
Tasty food and lots of fun and games!
In honor of this very special day, Vibrant Aging Community Center (VACC) hosted its 1st Annual Elder Fair on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 from 10 am to 3 pm in Winneba, Ghana. The day also served as the official launch of the VACC Adult Daycare Program.
There were frantic preparations leading up to the day, special announcements over the local radio airwaves, and much excitement in the Simpa air… The day dawned overcast and with rain- it hadn’t rained for weeks and yet the weather forecast for the day: “thunderstorms from 11 am-2 pm.” Unfazed and undaunted the team continued to prepare and get ready. Showers of blessings indeed, wondrously clearing as the program started on schedule and the day’s festivities unfolded.
A great time was had by all. Fair attendees partook of an entertaining array of activities such as Ludo!, Oware!, and Dam! game challenges and also learned creative beadwork. Many took advantage of complimentary health screens performed by a team of volunteers from an area hospital. There were stories of resilience shared, good eats and conversation, music and dancing, and challenge winners were awarded their prizes! Lifelong friends and old classmates met again, new friends and acquaintances connected. Most importantly of all, on full display -belly laughs, and happy, smiling faces of our elders. Folks have done it again, collectively proving that it takes a community to build the community!
“He has done exceedingly abundantly above all we asked for and thought possible”.
We are deeply grateful to all our generous supporters and sponsors from all over who came alongside with financial assistance, talent, time, and resources to inaugurate this wonderful event and celebration. Their goodwill and generous support ensured that this 1st community event for elders hosted by and at Vibrant Aging Community Center in Winneba, went from dream to reality.
Thank You To Our Generous Supporters, Donors, and Volunteers.
PRIVATE CHARITABLE FINANCIAL DONORS AND SPONSORS:
Mr. and Mrs. Abeka and Louisa Jackson (Michigan, USA)
Drs. Kwame and Lorna Dawes (Nebraska, USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Ato and Nana Adwowa Waters (Maryland, USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Nenyi and Phyllis Ghartey-Tagoe (North Carolina, USA)
Mrs. Emayet Spencer (Tennessee, USA)
Mr. Kwadwo Ekye-Adai (Michigan, USA)
Mr. Kenneth Taylor (Virginia, USA)
Mr. Papa Takyi Afful (Georgia, USA/Accra, Ghana)
Mrs. Patricia Ann Traub (Michigan, USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Janet (Obeng) Allotey (Accra, Ghana)
Dr. Gloria Otoo (Accra, Ghana)
Mr. Thomas Adu (Ghana)
Mr. Walter Awalime (Ghana)
Ms. Barbara Effe Amoako (Connecticut, USA)
Mrs. Nana Aba Andah Palmers (UK)
LP Elizabeth (Ama) Assandoh Colecraft (Virginia, USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel and Victoria Colecraft (Winneba, Ghana)
Mrs. Felicity E. Arkhurst (Winneba, Ghana)
Mr. and Mrs. Asomani (St. Paul Methodist Church, Winneba, Ghana)
Dr. Esi Adu Afarwuah (Accra/Winneba, Ghana)
ESTABLISHMENTS, BUSINESSES, AND VENDORS :
Radio Peace (Winneba, Ghana)
Otoo Memorial Hospital (Winneba, Ghana)
Trauma Hospital (Winneba, Ghana)
GCB (Winneba, Ghana)
Perez University (Pomadze, Ghana)
Jesus Only Rental (Winneba, Ghana)
God’s Grace Supermarket (Winneba, Ghana)
Mr. Abraham Nyarko- Local merchant (Winneba, Ghana)
Bellafotos and Sunshine Multimedia Services (Accra, Ghana)
Promise Asomani – Photography/Videography student (Winneba, Ghana)
Saladmaster Nutrition Lines (Accra, Ghana)
Friends of Ghana’s Aged (FOGA)- (Michigan, USA)
STUDENT AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS:
Joana A. Abane (Winneba, Ghana)
Edwin Addison (Winneba, Ghana)
Jemima Adu Afarwuah (Accra, Ghana)
Jennifer Adu Afarwuah (Accra, Ghana)
Millicent Adu Afarwuah (Accra, Ghana)
Bro. Maxwell Adoboah (Winneba, Ghana)
Johnson Kwadzo Ametame (Winneba, Ghana)
Aboagywa Appiah (Accra, Ghana)
Abigail Asante (Winneba, Ghana)
Nii Adjetey Boateng (Winneba, Ghana)
Maame Jane Cobbinah (Winneba, Ghana)
Hadiatu Mohammed (Winneba, Ghana)
Obed Quaye (Winneba, Ghana)