Karachi: An innovative programme aimed to enhance the lives of senior citizens, SIP (Seniors’ Involvement Program) was launched here today at AMI school’s premises by two enterprising ladies, Nasira Faiz and Rabeea Minai of Education Works Pvt. Limited.
The opening ceremony was indicative of what lies in store for those who become members of this programme for the evening opened with a scrumptious high tea and wonderful giveaways, followed by a welcome address by Nasira Faiz and Rabeea Minai.
Speaking on the occasion Nasira Faiz said “SIP will also allow us to set up intergenerational programmes with The AMI Preschool and Daycare Centre which have shown to greatly benefit both – young children and seniors!” Rabeea Minai said, “We are hopeful that our proposed and ongoing activities will encourage like-minded people to start pursuing hobbies, enjoy exercises of both mind and body, and learn new skills, or volunteer time for their communities.”
The host of the evening, Narmeen Aamir of STARLNKS PR, then introduced the next speaker, Asif Azad — a wellness instructor who will be available for those members who wish to avail his services — who spoke on meditation.
A humorous take on the two generations where the older generation is trying to come to terms with the idiosyncrasies of the other, and vice versa, and ending up with both realizing the value each brings to their lives, then followed in the form of a light skit. The actors were Usman Mazhar, Natalya Gul and Atif Badar, all theatre actors.
Ibaad ullah Sheikh, another instructor on the panel of SIP, then enlightened the guests about Qi Gong. A heartening and engrossing session of Tambola followed, and prizes were distributed to the three winners.
Just when everyone thought the evening was coming to an end, the inimitable Khalid Anum, a Well-known educationist, actor, writer and musician also on SIP’s panel of instructors, took to the stage and spoke on music therapy.
Atif Badar’s rendition of a piece from Patras Bukhari’s writings brought the evening to a close, with Fauzia Khuro giving the Vote of thanks.
Apart from members of the media, the evening brought together many well-known guests including Dr Shaista Effendi, Rumana Hussain and Amra Alam.
The SIP lounge is beautifully furnished to welcome its members from February 2018.
The first-of-its-kind place in the city, it promises to help transform the aging process into a meaningful and healthy one by empowering seniors to live their lives to the fullest.
For anyone aged 50 plus, the lounge will be open twice a week, offering them relevant opportunities for physical, social and emotional wellbeing so that they can maintain an active and independent life style.