Toowoomba ladies go wild in big red hats
"WOMEN do so much for their families and communities, often forgetting the one person they should be taking care of - themselves!"
So says the website of The Red Hatters, a world-wide organisation for women 50 years and over which celebrates getting older, having fun, embracing freedom and enjoying friendships.
Drawing inspiration from the Jenny Joseph poem, When I Am Old (see right), the group provides opportunities for women to get together and enjoy themselves.
Given the demands of child rearing, marriage and careers, the 50s can represent a new beginning for many women, a chance to have a bit of "me time", and this is heartily embraced by the Hatters.
The group's dress code of red hats and purple outfits goes to the spirit of the group - the colours may not go together,
they may not be a conventional choice, but they are bright and fun, so who cares?!
Local organiser Heather Smith said that members "enjoy a common bond of affection forged by shared life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes them next.
"It is a chance to dress up in purple and red and get together and have an enjoyable time," Ms Smith said.
The group meets each week to have coffee, discuss many topics and decide where their next outing or luncheon will
For further information please, contact Heather on 4630 9570 or visit www.matildarose2.com.