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Eric exits on a high
THE Berri-based Golden Oldies
walking group said farewell to its
stalwart leader of over a decade
earlier this month.
Eric Hagerstrom recently com-
pleted his leadership role with the
walking club Golden Oldies after
participating in over 1300 walks
over 12 years, passing the role to
member Rodney Ray.
Mr Hagerstrom reflected on his
time with the Golden Oldies at one
of his last meetings with the group,
and said it had been an enjoyable
“I’ve been the leader on and off
since 2005 and I’ve enjoyed every
bit of it,” he said.
“I’ve had to give it up because
of my mild emphysema and a few
leg problems I have. I’m getting a
bit too slow for the younger ones in
“I’m handing over to Rodney.
He’s been with us for about nine
years and when I asked a couple
of months ago for a second walk
organiser he was the only one to
put his hand up, so he’s it now.”
Mr Hagerstrom’s participation in
the group was sporadic for several
years due to health issues, though
he made sure he returned as quick-
ly as possible.
“I had to give it away for a cou-
ple of years because of leg ulcers
but at the end of 2013 they asked
me to come back and be the organ-
iser and I did,” he said.
“When we first started we
only went from the Berri Hotel to
the footbridge and the members
thought it was a bit too short, so
they decided to go all the way to
“We settled for a program of
four days a week when previously I
was only walking two days a week
Despite the setbacks, Mr
Hagerstrom said he developed
invaluable friendships along the
way that would continue for years
“It’s been a good time and I’ve
made a lot of friends,” he said.
“On some walks we stop at the
patisserie and on those days I’ll
be there waiting for them to come
“Considering the aerobic ability
of the group I’d tell anyone above
middle-aged to join and let them
grow old disgracefully,” he added,
with a smile.
Mr Hagerstrom gave a clear
indication how he intended to
spend his post-walking years.
“I’m going to be able to sleep
quarter past six in the morning to
do all my leg treatments and puffer
medication,” he said.
“If it ain’t fun, I don’t want to
know about it.”
Eric Hagerstrom, 82, will pass on the leadership reigns to Golden Oldies member Rodney Ray after 12 years of service. Pictured are Golden Oldies members Eric Hagerstrom and Rodney Ray
with Happy Wanderers Renmark members Lyn Wilkinson, Lyn Appleton, Heather Uren, Sheona Boase and Gloria Burns. INSET: Eric Hagerstrom passes on the batton to Golden Oldies member
Rodney Ray. PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
BERRI will host a wellness event this Friday, giving
locals the opportunity to get a free health check.
Health professionials will perform non-invasive
tests checking people’s cholesterol, blood pressure,
blood sugar and hearing. If any problems are found,
people will be referred to a local doctor for follow-
up. People do not have to fast before the tests,
however it is advised they avoid consuming sugary
drinks or confectionery prior to their appointment.
To ensure enough equipment and health profes-
sionals are on hand, attendees should call Cathy
or Sam on 85822599 for appointments. The free
wellness event will be held at the Berri Library on
Friday, June 23 from 9.30am to 2pm.
Free health check for locals
Council plan up for discussion
LOXTON and Waikerie
residents have the opportunity
to make comment on their
local council’s draft Annual
Business Plan at a number of
special meetings this week.
Tonight, people can attend
the Loxton council chambers
from 7pm to provide feedback.
Tomorrow night the same
consultation will take place at
the Waikerie council chambers
District Council of Loxton
Waikerie chief executive offic-
er Peter Ackland encouraged
people to attend the meetings.
“Now is the time for the
community to come to council
and tell us what it thinks of the
plan,” he said.
“It is not set in stone and we
can make changes.
“We will put out some sum-
marised information for those
who don’t want to read lots of
pages, and I encourage peo-
ple to come and have a chat to
council, read the documenta-
tion, talk to an elected mem-
ber or a staff member in the
two meetings and ask ques-
Happy Wanderers Renmark members Gloria Burns (left) and Lyn
Wilkinson (right) say goodbye but not farewell to Golden Oldies leader Eric
Hagerstrom earlier this month.
U3A’s Riverland rendezvous
RECENTLY the U3A Riverland group
held an inaugural Riverland Rendezvous
at different locations across the Riverland.
Around 90 members attended the
three-day event to experience tourist
attractions, wine, food, workshops and
fellowship and fun.
“Our objective, as with U3A world-
wide, is to provide opportunities for any-
one over the age of 50, and no longer in
full-time employment, to meet and share
in the pleasures of pursuing an interest in
common,” a local spokesperson said.
Meanwhile the term 3 timetable is now
available. Three short courses are being
offered again for new and past students:
Meditation, Creative and Imaginative
Drawing, and Cryptic Crosswords.
“As always, U3A welcomes sugges-
tions for activities or, potential tutors/
facilitators to share their skills to run
activities,” the spokesperson said.
“No formal qualifications required.”
For more details check your
local libraries or the U3A website
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