Maroondah City Council EngAGE children in a bid to tackle ageism

In an effort to tackle ageism, Maroondah City Council joined forces with the six other Victorian Region councils (Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges) to join the national EveryAGE Counts campaign.

The EngAGE short story competition 2021 was a joint project between Maroondah City Council and Eastern Regional Libraries as part of the wider Tackling Ageism Together campaign in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Victoria.  The competition was launched in July 2021 for pre-primary, primary and secondary school students to support the EveryAGE Counts campaign on ending ageism.  Participants were asked to write about a special older person who had helped to shape or changed their life.

Winning the Preschool to Prep category, Amity Kwong (Tinternvale Primary School) wrote about her Por Por (Grandmother) Soo Ch’ng who gives her lots of hugs and kisses and also takes her to the park.

Taking out the prize in the Primary School category as Thomas Sampson (Croydon Primary School) who credits his Grandma, Sharyn Quinlivan, with encouraging his learning and caring for him when he is down.

Jaynee Ghediya (Ringwood Secondary College) wrote about receiving strength and inspiration from learning of her great grandmother Kanta Ghediya’s resilience during her difficult childhood.  Great grandmother Kanta is currently in India.

The winners all received a certificate as well as a $100 book voucher.

Another 10 entries were shortlisted as deserving of merit. All participants received a certificate of participation. The entries showed enormous respect and appreciation of older people especially grandparents/great-grandparents having significant positive influences on the younger person.

Visit the Maroondah website to find out more about the social inclusion and wellbeing programs.

If you have an intergenerational program you would like to share, or other examples of connecting young and old, we would love to hear from you. Please email

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