Mrs Amoordon Moonoosamy, born on 13 July 1923, celebrated her 100th birthday, on Saturday 15 July 2023, at Rolande Hungley Multipurpose Hall, in Rose Hill.
An official ceremony was organised by the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity to honour the new centenarian. Mrs Moonoosamy received from the authorities a cheque amounting to Rs 26,203; a centenarian medal; a bouquet; a certificate; an air fryer; a gift from the Senior Citizens Council; and a cheque to the tune of Rs 10,000 from the National Solidarity Fund.
The Minister of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo; the Parliamentary Private Secretary, Dr Marie Christiane Dorine Chukowry; the Mayor of the Municipal Council of Beau Bassin Rose-Hill, Mrs Rajeneedavee Mootoo Caroopen; as well as family members and friends were present to celebrate the centennial birthday.
The Centenarian was born in the village of Chemin Grenier. Her father was a gardener, and her mother was a housewife. She had one brother and two sisters and all of them have passed away.
Mrs Moonoosamy studied up to standard three at Chemin Grenier Government School. At 19 years old, she married Mr Mootoo Moonoosamy who worked at the Brown Sequard Mental Healthcare Hospital in Beau Bassin. Out of this union, three children were born namely one son and two daughters. Mrs Moonoosamy has 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.
The centenarian attributes the secret of her longevity to her active lifestyle and her faith in God.