Author: Age NI
Published on 10 June 2011 12:00 AM
Four older people from across Northern Ireland have become the new faces of Age NI, the charity combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged, after winning a competition which sought to find our most inspirational older people.
The four winners, Denis Broderick from Magherafelt, Dunmurry resident Irene Kennedy, nonagenarian Ria Ferguson from Hillsborough, and Castlerock woman Jean Caulfield MBE were nominated by their friends and family because their positive attitudes and active lifestyles show that age is a state of mind, not a matter of arithmetic.
The competition which was run in conjunction with NIE Energy saw the four winners receive £200 credit off their next electricity bill, as well as an NIE Energy home energy saving pack. The winners also took part in a photo shoot, striking poses for their roles as the new faces of Age NI publications.
Wilma Stewart from NIE Energy said, ‘NIE Energy and Age NI have developed an important partnership to help improve later life for people in Northern Ireland and the New Face of Age NI competition provides a great opportunity to celebrate age. These four inspirational older people are great ambassadors for later life and really show what it means to age gracefully, with a sense of fun and energy.’
Siobhan Casey, Age NI Marketing Director said, ‘Age NI is working to improve the lives of older people in Northern Ireland. We want people to think differently about what it means to grow older because age affects us all in different ways. All four winners buck society’s negative perceptions of what it means to get older. Denis, Ria, Irene and Jean are active citizens all of whom are aged 60 and over, who continue to play a valuable role in our society as employees, volunteers, grandparents, and fundraisers.’