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International Women’s Day helps us, at Roar, to celebrate the inspiring women who currently attend our clubs and projects. Giving older adults the opportunities to get together and inspire each other is something we love seeing. Feeling energized by International Women’s day, we spoke to some of the many inspiring ladies who make our work that bit more fulfilling.

Baljinder – Come Dine With Me cooking Group

IMG_9960Baljinder, 69, completed a 2 year cooking course at Cardonald college. She has certainly wowed the others at Come Dine With Me with her cooking prowess when she showed them how to make chapatis, vegetable pakora and vegetable curry. 

What keeps you active?

Housework! And Swimming! And exercise!

What keeps you motivated to do these things?

My family.

Who inspires you in your life?

My whole family – they think I’m a good mum and they say “we’ll never find a mother like you!” they all say that. Because I’m always there for them when they need me – always! They always support me. So it’s good to have a family .

Ruth – Ralston’s Health and Wellbeing Group 

Ruth is one of our oldest members at 98 years old, and has attended the Ralston group for roughly 4 years. At 98, she still participates in all the IMG_9948activities within the club and still has the energy to do our OTAGO exercise every week. 

The first question is what keeps you active, what keeps you going?

Well, I would say the first thing you need is a sense of humor, if you’ve got a sense of humor you’ll get through… I know life’s different, I have a faith in God and I’m not holy religious but I have a good faith in God and if I really do feel if I have a problem, I ask him to help me and he always does.

Who inspires you in your life?

I have a wonderful friend called Jan and I call her my Guardian Angel. We’ve been on the orient express to Venice, we’ve been to the Albert Hall to hear my favorite Chinese pianist and I always say she’s my guardian angel so I’m very lucky. And every night at 9 o’clock she phones me… so it’s great to have a guardian angel.

Our women members and volunteers are truly amazing – all of them. So this International Women’s day, we want to thank all of the women involved at Roar for being inspirational, bold and determined.

To learn more about our groups and projects, click here.