Over 100 NARI supporters came together to celebrate the Institute’s achievements and to learn more about why we are championing middle-ageing Australians at the annual Australian Ageing Research Foundation dinner.
Guest speaker the Hon David Davis, Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Planning and Equality, talked about NARI's role and how it was well positioned to make a vast difference to the health and wellbeing of Victorians because of its work.
“NARI is making an important impact on our ageing programs and policies. Victoria needs to protect and build on the strides it has made in ageing policy,” he said.
Annual Foundation Dinner celebrated middle-ageing Australians
Director Briony Dow talked about how the seven million Australians aged 50 to 75 years will make a difference to the way we need to approach ageing now and into the future.
“It is time to challenge and combat ageism. We need to stop talking down people over 50 as though they cannot learn new skills, and start celebrating and encouraging the contribution they make,” she said.
Operatic entertainment wowed the crowd
Operatic entertainment by baritone Chris Tonkin and mezzo soprano Victoria Lambourne wowed the crowd at the annual fundraising dinner. They were accompanied by pianist Raymond Lawrence who played a Schimmel grand piano.