Senior supermodels are set to strut their stuff in Catford. Charity JustBe is launching its new project Moments4Seniors with a fun community event including a fashion show where over 65s are walking the catwalk, writes Laura Burgoine…

The London seniors will be modelling contemporary African attire by Gitas Portal. Fashion designer and owner of the Gitas Portal brand Mariatu Turay said: “I’ve always been a supporter of JustBe and believe in empowering each other so that we can discover new things about ourselves and push invisible and visible boundaries.”

“It’s going to be another well organised, full of heartfelt laughs, smashing boundaries type of day. These women would never have imagined themselves on the catwalk and for me that says it all.”
Mayor of Lewisham and advocate for older people in the borough, Barbara Gray, is the guest speaker on the day. There’s also a stand-up comedy set, a dance act and musical entertainment from Lovers Rock legend Paulette Tajah.

JustBe founder and CEO Yvette McDonald has been passionate about this project for a long time. “Moments4Seniors is a project that will provide events and cultural activities to enable our senior citizens to achieve social inclusion living in London,” Yvette said. “They are still very young at heart and want to have fun too – our young people who have just grown up! Many feel lonely and isolated as family members move away and feel society becomes more fragmented. We want to honour and celebrate our elders and all they have done and continue to do for us.”

JustBe aims to empower, inspire and educate women irrespective of their background, by providing events across South London. The organisation successfully engages with women who may feel lonely and isolated in their communities. Since 2009 over 5000 women have attended JustBe events, which include an annual Black History Month Ball with over 200 attendees, and group outings of more than 1500 women to West End Theatre shows.

For the first time this year JustBe is supporting the unpaid adult carers in Lambeth by hosting an afternoon tea. There are a number of carers who look after friends, family member, partner or neighbour with an illness, disability, mental ill health or addiction.

The Moments4Seniors Fashion Show is on Saturday 1 June at 1pm at St Laurence Centre, 37 Bromley Road, SE6 2TS.

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