AGE is certainly no barrier to Joan Newman of Waratah Bay, as she was recently awarded the Council on the Ageing Victoria Senior Achiever.
The 93-year-old dedicates much of her time to the Waratah Bay and surrounding community, and she is well known for organising the annual Easter Family Fun Day, overseeing everything from insurance and sponsors to catering and music.
Joan is also a Fish Creek Op Shop volunteer, knits children’s jumper/toys for donation to charity, works on the annual Cancer Daffodil Day stall and Biggest Morning Tea, and looks out for her neighbours, delivering meals and support when they are unwell or need a chat.
And if this wasn’t enough, Joan raised more than $10,000 for the Foster Hospital last year by writing a book about her life.
Joan has been residing in Waratah Bay for more than 25 years after moving there to help care for her sister.
“It’s very gratifying, it really is, after years of charity work,” Joan told the Sentinel-Times.
Volunteering and giving her time to the community has always been important for Joan.
“As you get older, you get a lot more common sense and knowledge to help others on their way,” she said.
While Joan has contributed much to her community, she has no plans to slow down and hopes to continue to enjoy the beautiful area she lives in.
“I did spend a lot of time at the beach, but I just got a new rescue dog and could you believe it, he doesn’t like the beach!
“But I’ve got just over an acre and it takes quite a lot to keep it in order – I feed all the birds and wildlife.
“It’s very nice and looks down over Waratah Bay.”
When asked what her key to living a long life was, she jokingly said “whisky and hard work”.