A DAY TO APPRECIATE GRANDPARENTS October 24, 2014 This Grandparents Day, Sunday 26 October, families and the community come together to celebrate time with grandparents and the contribution of older Australians. Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka encourage all families to recognise and celebrate the important role grandparents play in their families and community. Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said the NSW Government provides $200,000 annually to have grants allocated to Grandparents Day events across the state and to ensure the awards competition continues. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is pleased to have delivered on a promise to continue this important day each year to recognise the contribution Grandparents make to our community,” Mr Provest said. “Grandparents are often the backbone of families. Likewise, older Australians are often the backbone of our clubs and volunteer organisations. I encourage everyone in our local community to take a moment to celebrate them on Sunday 26 October,” said Mr Provest. “Grandparents Day is all about recognising the important role older members of our community play,” said Mr Provest. “From providing childcare, to teaching their families-members to cook or read, to volunteering in community organisations, grandparents and older people are such an important part of our community.” “This year, we’re encouraging people to remember the times they’ve spent at home with their grandparents, whether it was learning a skill, or simply spending time together. Grandparents Day represents a great opportunity to get in touch with the special older people in your life,” said Mr Provest. Many council and community groups across New South Wales run events to celebrate Grandparents Day. For details please visit: http://www.grandparentsday.org.au/whats-on/events/. The Grandparent of the Year Awards will be announced on Sunday 26 October. The winners of each category will be available on the Council of the Ageing NSW website from Sunday.