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Byron’s Feros residents ‘pimp their ride’

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About 20 Feros residents worked on designing and painting their bus. (supplied)
About 20 Feros residents worked on designing and painting their bus. (supplied)

The residents of Feros Care in Byron Bay are proving you’re never to old to be bold.

They have joined with street artist Teazer to ‘pimp their ride’ following a series of workshops during which they created a design to paint on their bus, which is used for social outings and village transport.

Around 20 residents of the residential village, aged between 80 and 97, were introduced to street art, from the history of graffiti to art that evokes emotion, looking at examples from modern street artists like Banksy.

Feros chief

Nina layering her art. (supplied)
Nina layering her art. (supplied)

executive Jenenne Buckley said the workshops evolved as part of Feros Care’s aim to empower seniors to live their best lives.

‘You are never too old to learn new skills, to express yourself and enjoy social connection,’ she said.

‘This project has injected life into our residential bus and our seniors have gotten so much joy and pride out of this initiative which is designed to bring more colour to all our lives.’

‘One group of residents even rolled up to the workshops blasting The Beastie Boys! This just shows the energy they have for exploring new horizons, challenging themselves and showing that seniors still rock.’

Davey Mac aka Teazer, said it was ‘awesome’ to be given the opportunity to work on the project with the residents.

‘The residents really embrace their creative side and have so much to express with their years of wisdom and life experience,’ he said.

‘I enjoyed it very much,’ said CREWSTAR Lois, 91 years young.

‘It is entirely different to any art I have done before, and I have been an artist my whole life. It was a complete surprise, I loved it.’

Fran, 86, said the coming together of all ages was nice.

‘The crew are so kind and clever; seeing others having so much fun is heart-warming. I loved turning a drawing into a real work of art with spray paint. I never would have done that, and now I have,’ she said.

‘I love how Feros encourages us to embrace different things. Things that I never would have thought possible, all of a sudden are possible,’ said Nina, 97 years young.

The Pimp My Ride bus design has now been unveiled and is available to view at the Feros Village Byron Bay. Feros Villages are also located in Bangalow and Wommin Bay.


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