Buderim women doing the boogie
THESE women are not your typical over-55s.
Young at heart and determined to keep their boogie alive, about 60 women in Buderim come together on the last Saturday of every month for a cup of tea, a conversation and, of course, a spot of 'dancercise'.
Carol Berry, who founded the Ruby's Room Ministry of the Buderim Uniting Church, said she wanted to create a space for women to meet others, discuss their spirituality and enjoy themselves.
"It's all about having fun and getting encouragement from God's word," she said.
While the ladies dance the mornings away to the sounds of JLo, Saturday Night Fever and the Grease soundtrack, Ms Berry said they all benefited from combining exercise with a spot of silliness.
She said she would also disguise herself in the comedy character of 'Ruby', a wannabe fashionista, and parade around spouting funny fashion advice to the other ladies, making them laugh.
"It's a lot about being silly," she admitted.
Aware that a lot of women in her age group were often lonely, due to families having moved away or being widows, Ms Berry said she believed it was important to find companionship and enjoyment in the wider community.
"It's getting more and more popular, but we wish more women in the community were aware of (the ministry)," she said.
"Even if they're not Christian, they'll still come and have fun and meet other women."
The group also does karaoke, hosts interesting guest speakers and organises other social gatherings.
Attendance is free, but the ministry requests a small donation for the morning teas provided.
For more information about the Ruby's Room Ministry for Women, phone Ms Berry on 0423824096 or visit www.buderimuniting church.org.au.