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The Freebird Club Comes of Age NEWS 16 Nga-Hong Lau (CTO),Moira Allan,Paris (Founder Pass it on Network) & Peter Mangan (CEO) The Freebird Club came of age on April 5 th , 2017 with its official launch in Dublin. Theevent, which was hosted by Founder Peter Mangan and CTO Nga-Hong Lau, also celebrated the fact that the organisation had already reached the milestone mark of 1,000 members across 34 countries. Numerous guests, including Freebird Club members, representatives of ageing organizations, public institutions and journalists were welcomed by the start-up team in the charming setting of Airfield Estate. Reflecting the international nature of The Freebird Club, it was appropriate that the launch was attended by representatives from abroad. These included Moira Allan from France, the international coordinator of the Pass it On Network who also coordinates the 2Young2Retire network in Europe with its French counterpart ? Le Cercle des Seniors Actifs. Facilitated by video link, Crispin Baynes, Aging 2.0 New York, Merry Alexander, TFC area champion in NYC and Doug Flockhart, CEO Clubs Queensland in Brisbane also sent their best wishes. Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O?Connor also sent her congratulations, stating: ?I?m not the only one that thinks yours is a very good idea?, pointing out the numerous awards won by the start-up already, including the European Commission?s Social Innovation Competition. Speaking at the launch Founder Peter Mangan said: ?We are a real ?heart and soul?venture which aims to connect older adults in very real and valuable ways. We seek to create an international community which provides opportunities to enjoy the world around us regardless of age?. He went on to say that as awareness of our rapidly ageing society grows, it is hard not to be struck by the sheer numbers involved. "Worldwide the number of adults over 60 is projected to soar; from 840 million in 2013 to around 2 billion by 2050,? he said. ?This presents obvious societal challenges, but also opportunities for organisations such as The Freebird Club to address this growing market.?