Photo of IRT resident George Findley wins ministerial media award

GEORGE THE STAR: The photo of IRT Dalmeny resident George Findley commissioned for IRT's magazine, The Good Life, won a NSW Ministerial award for best photo of an older person.

GEORGE THE STAR: The photo of IRT Dalmeny resident George Findley commissioned for IRT's magazine, The Good Life, won a NSW Ministerial award for best photo of an older person.

A photo of 100-year-old IRT resident, George Findley has won the 2017 NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (MACA) Media Award for best image.

The annual MACA Media Awards challenge negative stereotypes towards older people by highlighting examples of balanced and realistic media reporting on older people and ageing.

The photo, taken by former Illawarra Mercury photographer Kirk Gilmour, captures George sitting on his amp playing his electric guitar in the gardens of his home at IRT Dalmeny.

“The photo was published in the Winter 2017 edition of The Good Life magazine,” said acting chief executive, Sam McFarlane.

“The magazine shares remarkable stories about some of our 8000 residents and customers. They’re remarkable not for their age, but for the things they do and have done throughout their lives.”

Mr McFarlane said that George was a professional musician and electrical engineer, who developed Australia’s first electric bass guitar.

George still plays music and says that being 100 is no different to any other age.

“I still enjoy life, I still enjoy people, and I feel pretty good. I feel very lucky,” he said.

To subscribe to The Good Life magazine email your postal details to editor@irt.org.au

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