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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept
Active RetireesTM | 49 PROBuS INTEREST GROuPS Unexpected bonuses While Tric plans each trip, unexpected encounters often make for the most interesting times for the walkers. “On the East Melbourne walk we were invited to walk through the gardens of Bishops Court,” she recalls. “Another time outside the Greek Orthodox Church in Victoria Parade the priest invited us to go inside, where he gave us a great talk about the church. “In Collingwood the owner of the Singapore Cottage heard us talking and came out to tell us about his property.” However, their interest is not always well received. “In Caulfield, a property owner shut the remote controlled gates as we stood on the footpath looking at the house and garden, which was in need of some tender loving care,” Tric laughs. Keep it fun The walks stretch from four to seven kilometres and last between two and three hours, depending on how many stops and interesting detours are made. “Sometimes, walks are changed to dodge hills or to incorporate more interesting items found on the trail,” Tric explains, adding that with walkers aged in their 60s and 70s it’s often important to modify the route to match their abilities and interests. Whenever possible the group uses public transport to travel to its walks, keeping costs down while providing an additional opportunity for socialising. “There is a lot of talking so the noise level in our carriage is a lot higher when we are aboard,” Tric admits. “Two who joined the group last year said they’d occasionally be on a train and could hear these noisy people up the other end of the carriage – they now know it was us.” However, she is unapologetic for the group’s behaviour. “The fellowship is the most important part of the whole thing. We just happen to learn something along the way.” •• The fellowship is the most important part of the whole thing. We just happen to learn something along the way. Active RetireesTM | 49 Tric explains, adding that with walkers important to modify the route to match Getting to know you Kath Lochert has been exploring the streets of Melbourne since the group’s inception in 2003. Initially she was drawn to the group to get to know the city after moving interstate. “ We came from South Australia and didn’t know a lot about Melbourne,” she explains. “ Walking around, it’s always interesting hearing about the history of the city and houses we’ve been through that we didn’t know about, and that quite a few of the people that have lived here all their lives didn’t know.” However, belonging to the group has had other important benefits. “I f you don’t belong to some of these groups you really don’t get to know the others very well at Probus meetings. By being in this group, you really get to know people.”
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