"with this award we want to show the public what people can do after their active time and how they can give their lives a new turn", declared the minister of state christine haderthauer. And: "the seniors of today belong to the most educated, healthiest and wealthiest senior generation of all times!"
a song of praise for emilie meier
the honorary prize of the six seniors nominated from central franconia went to 93-year-old heinz bakeberg from nuremberg and 73-year-old emilie meier from hebdorf. Her laudation was held by the vice president of the government eugen ehmann. "actually i should serenade them", he said with a smile.
The girl from hebdorf had not expected the honorary prize at all. "of course i would be happy if i got the prize", she said before the start of the ceremony a bit tense. When her picture appears on the big stage screen, she is excited and goes on stage, where she is welcomed by michael sporer, a well-known radio and tv presenter.
The prize-winner has devoted herself to music and is the first chairwoman of the hebdorf singing group, which she founded in 1988. She is active in the german singing federation, group chairwoman of the aurach singing group and is a member of the board of the music council of the district erlangen-hochstadt. So much voluntary commitment to choral singing really deserves a song of praise.
But all the other four active seniors from the erlangen-hochstadt area could easily have been on the winners' podium, too. Emilie meier's husband manfred meier (76) was also one of them. The two of them suggested each other for the prize – without their partner's knowledge.
"we don"t have much time at all and have to go back immediately after the award ceremony. Tonight we have the last choir rehearsal for the christmas concert of the hebdorfer singkreis", explained emilie meier, grabbed her prize and off they went.
Traudl immediately fell in
90-year-old honorary citizen gertraud frohlich was nominated from adelsdorf. Gisela sprockhoff-wendel, adelsdorf"s senior citizens" representative, had suggested it . "I immediately thought of our former teacher, traudl frohlich, who at 90 years of age is still doing a great job and is still very active today, tells sprockhoff-wendel.
When the astonished senior citizen heard the news of her nomination from munich on the phone, mayor karsten fischkal rejoiced with her. He was immediately prepared to travel with his honorary citizen to the award ceremony in munich. In the laudatory speech, we hear: "even if frau frohlich spends a lot of time in the water – she certainly won"t get rusty".
From herzogenaurach was the mountaineer hans "gaschi" gaschbauer nominated. The 83-year-old has a mountain of donations, among other things of almost 30 000 euro collected for earthquake victims of kashmir. He is particularly proud of this! "Our pharmacist suggested me – and i was really happy about that!", he reveals excitedly in munich.
"Gaschi" would have been happy to stand on the stage and be honored for his work. But the nomination alone motivates him and everyone else to carry on as before.
Also nominated was gertrud stief from eckental (79). Who reported it, it learns only very shortly before: "our landrat eberhard irlinger was it!", she proudly tells the ft. The young-at-heart senior even traveled to the event in her own car.