Senior’s week at the RSL

Renowned entertainer and musician Stephen R. Cheney put on an incredible performance of contemporary and traditional Irish songs at the Condobolin RSL last Thursday.
The performance, which was part of the RSL’s Senior’s Week celebrations, saw an impressive turnout with the entire dining room filled with Seniors from as far away as Canberra.
Presenting his ‘Irish Connection’ act, Stephen wooed the crowd with soothing numbers made popular by Daniel O’Donnel and Charlie Landsborough.
Stephen said it was important to support Seniors with music they liked because the entertainment industry often left them behind.
“The music that’s popular today isn’t usually what the older generation likes to listen to, in the same way as the music they once listened to wasn’t liked by their parents and grandparents,” he said.
“This is my 6th Senior’s Week show; I usually stick to a selection of easy listening, middle of the road Irish songs.”
Brian Prothero, President of Condobolin RSL, said the performance was all part of the RSL’s contribution to Senior’s Week.
“We decided to put on a free concert for people,” he said.
“We’ve got busloads that have come in from Lake Cargelligo and Forbes for this.”
Therese Stenhouse, Day Care Coordinator at Lake Cargelligo Multi Purpose Health Services (MPHS), said the busload of people who had come from the facility were incredibly excited for the event.
“Not a lot happens in Lake Cargelligo so this is a big thing,” she said.
“The Seniors often don’t get a chance to do very much.”
Grace Wilson, who came on the bus from the Lake Cargelligo MPHS, said so far the day had been lovely.
“Everyone’s done a wonderful job getting us here,” she said.
“It’s such a big job; they’re really here to help us.
“I’m looking forward to the rest of today.”

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