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Age no barrier for 90-year-old Gwen
Canberra Ex-servicewomen's Association president Gwen Miles enjoys helping others. Photo: Matt Bedford
Suffering a heart attack two years ago
has failed to slow 90-year-old Gwen
Age is no barrier for the busy
woman, who has been president of the
Canberra Ex-servicewomen s
Association for the past four years.
"We just meet once a month and
look after each other," Mrs Miles said.
"They re mostly from the second
World War and I ve just turned 90 and
we re aged 90 and upwards. I m
getting that way, to be one of the
Gwen s daughters Robyn Baker and
Leanne Steer said their mother was
very modest and adored helping
"She does a lot more than she
thinks, Robyn said. She visits sick
people all the time, she takes flowers,
and cooks meals.
She was still on a roster for
visiting people in hospitals up until the
last couple of years, and even now
there is no official roster she s always
saying how many people she s visiting
Mrs Miles said her friends loved to
receive phone calls when they were
"Some of the ex-servicewomen
don t have much connection with
other groups ... they re very lonely
some of them, she said.
I think it just gives them a cheerful
word and encourages them along. I
give them a few flowers or something
to let them know they re being thought
of, and I think that does help.
Mrs Miles said she believed it was
important for elderly people to have an
That s all very well to say that but
if you re not well, you can t do much,
I m fortunate that I am well.
Someone said, well you do so much.
to."Mrs Miles recently celebrated her
90th birthday surrounded by her
friends and family at the Tuggeranong
"Her party was a little way of saying
thank you for the example she s been,
and the inspiration and love she s
given us," Robyn said.
Mrs Miles said she was grateful to
be in good health and, most
importantly, said her strength had
come from her faith in religion and
knowing help was available.
The 136-year-old Locomotive 1210
at the Australian Historic Railway
Society has received $59,315 for a
permanent covering to protect it from
Canberra s harsh climate.
The project received the biggest
funding allocation from the recent
ACT Heritage Grants, followed by a
$41,050 grant awarded to Cultural
Heritage Management Australia to
improve analysis of Aboriginal
Heritage conservation benefited
from more than $329,000 from the
The Canberra Alpine Club
received a grant of $8580 to arrange
a memorial pad for the heritage-listed
Mt Franklin Chalet which was des-
troyed in the 2003 bushfires.
A range of projects have received
money, including an historical music
project, an interpretive walking track,
cultural walks and talks at Aboriginal
sites in next year s Heritage Festival.
For a a full list, visit www.environ
PET EXPO PROMISES
A RANGE OF STALLS
There will be something for almost
every animal and their owner at this
year s RSPCA ACT Pet Expo on
Saturday, November 1 from 10am.
From Christmas mugshots for
your pets, to pet cremation
information and the popular
memorial tree, the expo will feature a
mountain of activities. Information
stalls for all things pet related will
include animal rescue groups,
giveaways, merchandise, food.
The expo will be held at 12
Kilpatrick Street, Weston.
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