'Dreams Never Get Old' celebrates the young at heart
By Joy Lee,The China Post
November 3, 2012, 12:03 am TWN
The "Dreams Never Get Old" exhibition officially kicked off yesterday at Taipei's Bopiliao Historic Site (剝皮寮歷史街區). With over 100 volunteers' help, 568 elderly locals were given a chance to realize their dreams, and each story is documented with videos and photographs.
Organized by the Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation (弘道老人福利基金會) and JIT Taiwan, the exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until Nov. 18.
The foundation hopes that through "Dreams Never Get Old" more people will take the chance to do even little things that can make the elderly smile again. Organizers also want to tell the elderly that age is never a problem when it comes to making dreams come true.
Fifteen seniors, dressed up as baseball players, students, motorcycle riders and soldiers, showed up at the launch of the exhibition. They shared their excitement about having their dreams realized.
With the support of JIT Taiwan, Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation started the Dreams Never Get Old Movement in 2010. A total of 1,482 seniors have taken part in the program with the help of 667 volunteers from the foundation and JIT Taiwan.
A seniors baseball league, consisting of three teams from Taichung City and Pingtung County, was established last year as part of the movement. Players range from 65 to 86 years old. Annual pitching and hitting awards were handed out yesterday, with the winning players speaking proudly of their achievements.