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Grafton U3A – Jabberfest Roundup

The September Jabberfest began with Mary-Lou Brown and our president Alysan entertaining us with some recitations of poetry followed up by another brain teasing session conducted by Kevin Dixon with a Heads or Tails quiz which saw Marie Lyons walking away with the box of chocs. Well done!

Following morning tea, Alysan introduced our guest speaker for the day, Bob Carnaby. Bob is a volunteer representing the Stroke Foundation-Stroke Safe Program, advising us all to become stroke aware, quoting Bob “even if you are not concerned for yourself  you should be for the sake of your family”. Strokes are unfortunately very common occurrences, there having been over 20,000 cases reported last year with 840 of those happening in the Cowper and Page electorates.

Women are more likely to suffer a stroke than men and while the most affected age group are those in the working force between the ages 20 to 60 and  children also sadly figure in the statistics. Strokes kill more women than die from breast cancer and more men than die from prostate cancer; 80% of strokes are preventable and with the right treatment at the right time many victims are able to make a full recovery.

A very interesting and thought provoking presentation from a really dedicated campaigner.

As usual the guest speaker was prevailed upon to nominate a number that saw the lucky door prize being another Men’s Shed creation being taken home by Janet Court.

Coming up

The October Jabberfest will be held on Monday 14th a week later because of the long weekend holiday and another interesting programme has been lined up, with the first session with Bill Greenlees telling us all about snakes and that we all should be aware with the advent of the warmer weather and the greater likelihood of meeting up with these critters.

Following Bill, Bob Cuming will entertain us with some stories from A.A. Milne the famous author of the Winnie the Pooh stories which were inspired by a teddy bear he (A.A. Milne) had as a small child.

The second session will be presented by member Eric Wheeler, who will talk of the Wheeler’s trip to Kenya and Uganda and their encounters with the local people; will see many photographs of the wildlife captured by Eric’s lens.

We look forward to another good rollup and to some interesting and enlightening  presentations

So be there  at the

New Life Church in Arthur Street on Monday 14commencing at 10am.

Brian Carter

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