BOLD original members Betty French, Josephine Eldridge and Olive Hauff with project officer Christel Schrank (second from right) at the Urangan Community Centre.
BOLD original members Betty French, Josephine Eldridge and Olive Hauff with project officer Christel Schrank (second from right) at the Urangan Community Centre. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay seniors go boldly into fun social activities

BOLD is an acronym for Bay's Over 50s Living Dangerously, a social group that will introduce seniors to new people and allow them to enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities that aim to educate, inform and stimulate.

Ten years ago BOLD started as a three-year funded program under the management of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, and over the years has progressed to become a self-funded social group.

Founding members Betty French, Olive Hauff, Josie Eldridge and Joan Carroll said that once the group started it gathered more interest by spreading the word.

"When we told people about it, we just got bigger and better. It's the casualness of the group that makes it so good," Josie said.

"If you can't make it to one meeting, you don't have to worry, you just come when you can."

Olive Hauff said that in the beginning they would go to each other's homes for morning tea and that each time there was something different.

"We were introduced to things we might not try and activities are organised so that they meet our budget," she said.

The group has lived up to its name, stepping out of its comfort zone to live a little dangerously.

The list of activities includes jet-skiing, banana boating, water-skiing, canoeing and go-karting, and they've participated in a high ropes course at Glendyne.

The members don't mind participating in a bit of bushwalking or horse riding either and have enjoyed whale watching and fishing.

On the second Tuesday of each month the group goes to the Boat Club for quiet morning coffee after meeting at the centre, however every on every other Tuesday they take themselves to interesting places to do different and exciting activities. They never know what adventure unfolds but they guarantee it will be fun and exciting.

There is something for everyone and there is an open invitation to anyone who fits into the age group and wants to have a bit of fun, to join them.

On Tuesday, February 4 from 9.30 to 11.30am the BOLD members will celebrate their 10th anniversary and reunion at the Urangan Community Centre.

Everyone is invited to join in the celebration, recall favourite memories and meet up again with past co-ordinators, members and participants.

For seating and catering purposes, phone 4125 5499 to book.



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