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Week aims to raise awareness and help those who live alone

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weeping a sidewalk, handing out some baking or just taking time for a chat are ways in which you can participate in Let No One Be Alone Week.


The week, running May 5 to 11, is a made-in-Manitoba initiative started last year by Brenda Tonn, a seniors resource co-ordinator in Plumas, Man. She saw it as a way to increase awareness among community members and encourage them to reach out to those who live on their own.


Fifty Manitoba communities planned activities in 2012, and the goal is 100 this year. Elie will be in the count with a community barbecue planned on May 5 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Vets Hall.


"Everyone can be a part of this week," said Cartier Senior Citizens Committee resource co-ordinator Lin Smitzniuk, noting that the barbecue will serve as a kick-off event.


She suggests taking parents or grandparents to one of Elie Manor’or St. Eustache Manor’s meals that are open to the public. Elie Manor’s dinners are served at 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and St Eustache Manor offers lunch on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. All meals are $6 and you can sign up at the manors the day before or call Lin at 204-353-2470.


Macdonald Services to Seniors is hosting a pancake breakfast on May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Starbuck Community Hall. The Trinity Lutheran Hand Bell group will provide entertainment.
Macdonald resource co-ordinator Leanne Wilson suggests that anyone living within the RM of Macdonald think about inviting someone who lives alone to join them at the breakfast.


She also invites Macdonald seniors to join the Rendez Vous Club that meets weekly.


Wilson said the program gives people, who might live alone, the chance to get together, take part in some easy physical and mental exercises and enjoy a hearty lunch. Call her at 204-735-3052 to register.


Headingley Seniors Service resource co-ordinator Patti Cutts is looking for volunteers willing to spend time or just stay in touch with elderly local residents who live alone.


"We want to do this all year round," she said.


Anyone who’s interested can contact Cutts at 204-889-3132 ext 3.

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