Seniors Benefit from over $189,000 in Recreation Funding

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Older adults throughout the province will have more opportunities to engage in physical and recreational activities through a $189,289 investment in the Provincial Government’s Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program.

“Recreation and physical activity are powerful contributors to healthy aging. As a government, we are committed to investing in recreational programs and services which will maximize opportunities for seniors to be more physically active and engaged in their communities.”
– The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development

The Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program is designed to help seniors’ groups, communities and recreation committees provide programs and services focused specifically on increasing physical and leisure activity for seniors. Grants are used for a variety of programming activities such as walking clubs, community gardens, fitness and exercise classes, bowling, dance clubs and strength training.

One organization which was approved for funding this year was the O’Connor 50+ Club in Witless Bay.

“The funding received by the O’Connor 50+ Club allows us to offer a weekly indoor walking and exercise program to our club members. Not only is it a great opportunity to stay active and healthy, but it also allows for social interaction and community engagement that so many older adults look forward to – particularly during the winter months.”
– Mary Mullowney, Vice-President, O’Connor 50+ Club, Witless Bay

More than $1 million has been approved for the Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program since it was established in 2009.

For more information on the Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program, visit: www.swsd.gov.nl.ca/recreation/financial_assistance/scrgp.html

QUICK FACTS
The Provincial Government is investing $189,289 in the 2014-15 Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program.
Seniors Community Recreation Grants are designed to help seniors’ groups, communities, and recreation committees provide programs and services focused specifically on increasing physical and leisure activity for seniors.
More than $1 million has been approved for the Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program since it was established in 2009.
Since the launch of Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador: A Recreation and Sport Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador, about $192 million has been committed to recreational and sport infrastructure, programming, and athlete development throughout the province.

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Media contact:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
709-729-0928, 697-5061
heathermay@gov.nl.ca