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Friends of 80 plus fellowship together
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 1 May. 2009 1:28 AM IST
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Altogether 87 senior citizens above 80 years of age from Kohima Village attended the 4th Foundation Day of Friends of 80 plus Kohima Village, Thursday. Nagaland DGP, Kelhousithie Kire, who graced the programme as the chief guest, expressed happiness on seeing the huge turnout. He said that it was encouraging to see many elders alive, who would teach and direct the younger ones. Kire further expressed wish that the elders would be blessed with good health and long lives. Giving a report, Neidonuo, a member of Friends of 80 plus, informed that there are 134 eighty-plus citizens from Kohima Village. 87 of them turned up in the programme while 47 could not attend the programme because of sicknesses. Highlights of the programme included songs by Cultural Promotion Society and Thejasenuo Kire; while Kuovi Yhome, a senior citizen, recited a verse from the Bible. A time of one minute silence was observed in remembrance of their friends who had passed away. The programme was attended by council members from all Khels of Kohima Village and other well wishers. Medical check up for the eighty-plus was held after the programme, led by Dr. Votso Mepfüo. Friends of 80 plus is a network and fellowship of likeminded people who wish to revive and uphold this Naga traditional practice of placing highest value and respect to elders - the older the person become, the more valued he/she is. It is a non-profit, an voluntary and benevolent fellowship. Members contribute in kind or cash at their own capacity. They commit to give at least one day a month to the activities of the organization. They have a common interest to befriend the 80plus and serve them in whatever possible way. The foundation day was hosted by the Dapfütsumia Council and was held at D. Khel ground.

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