Making the day a grand occasion for grandparents

Posted at 2:50pm Tuesday 03 Sep, 2019

New Zealanders will officially celebrate Grandparents' Day for only the second time, thanks to local charitable organisation Surrogate Grandparents.

Grandparents Day is celebrated in the United States and last year the Stanmore Bay-based Surrogate Grandparents Charitable Trust introduced it to this country. The second Grandparents' Day will be held next month, on October 6.

Surrogate Grandparents' founder, Jo Hayes, says the reason is not only to honour grandparents and members of our senior community, but to help children become aware of the strength, knowledge and guidance that older people can offer.

“Whether they be grandparents by blood, or by love, we celebrate them,” she says.

She says last year more than 25 family-focused events were held around the country and more are planned for this year.

This year's theme for Grandparents' Day is ‘Time'.

“October 6th is a good day to spend time with your grandies, perhaps learning to tell the time, sharing stories of times past, not rushing – a day where grandparents and their children and grandchildren can enjoy quality time with each other,” she says.

“Perhaps grandchildren can make cards for their grandparents or check out some other ideas on our website, or download a free Awesome Grandparents Certificate (www.newzealandgrandparentsday.org/resources)

Surrogate Grandparents is also looking for local cafés, restaurants or other family venues to provide special offers to kids taking their grandparents out for the day to help them show how much the older folk are appreciated.

Jo says that Metlifecare's Hibiscus Coast Retirement Village in Red Beach will welcome the public for a family fun day, as it did on last year's Grandparents Day.

Info: www.newzealandgrandparentsday.org or email info@surrogategrandparents.org.nz


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