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Senior of the year nominees Alan Pritchard and Ray Wynd

Senior of the Year nominees urge everyone to be more active

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Meet Warrnambool’s two Victorian Senior of the Year nominees – Alan Pritchard and Ray Wynd.

Both Alan and Ray moved to Warrnambool later in life, and both have certainly left their mark on the city.

The pair will be officially recognised at the launch of the 2019 Victorian Seniors Festival at the Archie Graham Centre on Sunday October 6 at 1.30pm.

The Victorian Senior’s Festival incorporates the local Celebrage Festival, which includes more than two dozen free or low cost activities for seniors throughout October.

Many people might recognise Ray Wynd from a video produced by ABC South West Victoria earlier this year. Viewed more than 11 million times time Facebook, it showcased Ray’s amazing work collecting timber offcuts and turning them into furniture which he donates to the Salvation Army to sell.

His creations generate about $1000 of income for the Salvos each year.

“I feel I’m doing something for the community. I’ve always been a community man,” said Mr Wynd.

“I can put something back into life by doing this.”

The 87 year old is showing no signs of slowing down, with a recent upgrade to an electric scooter helping to make sure he will be working with wood for a while yet.

He encouraged anyone who wasn’t as involved in the community as perhaps they once were to put themselves back out there, with Celebrage the perfect opportunity.

“Like everything else, once you shake the cobwebs off, you’re usually pretty much alright.”

Alan Pritchard agreed, inviting everyone to try petanque as part of the Celebrage Festival on Thursday October 17 from 2pm – 4pm.

A similar game to bocce, Mr Pritchard was a keen petanque player before moving to Warrnambool to discover that there were no facilities for it.

A petanque playing area or “piste” was constructed in December 2018, attracting a core of regular players.

“You don’t need any particular athletic ability or special clothes or footwear to enjoy the game,” Mr Pritchard said.

“I’d encourage people to come down and give it a go.”

Visit or pick up a program from the Archie Graham Centre for more information.

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