Zena Smith celebrates her 100th birthday by asking for donations to the Salvation Army's Swags to Homeless initiative

Zena enjoyed birthday cake and flowers whilst painting with the Australind Art Club at the Stirling Street Arts Centre.
Zena enjoyed birthday cake and flowers whilst painting with the Australind Art Club at the Stirling Street Arts Centre.

Painting, weekly lunches and still being able to drive is exactly what has kept Zena Smith active and fulfilled at 100 years old.

On Tuesday April 6, Ms Smith celebrated the big 100 and is the first member of the Australind Art Club to achieve such a milestone.

"I never expected to make it to 100, but I'm lucky to say that I've still got most of my marbles," Ms Smith told the Mail.

Despite Ms Smith saying she wasn't an artist, she has been a part of the Australind Art Club for five years.

She believes it is important for older residents to remain social within the community.

"So many elderly people don't leave their homes. I make a point to go out every day even if it's just for lunch," she said.

Ms Smith was a silversmith for 30 years before she relocated to Bunbury eight years ago, saying it was the lack of equipment and industry in Bunbury that ignited a switch to painting which she studied in high school.

To celebrate her birthday, Ms Smith enjoyed two morning teas at the Stirling Street Arts Centre as well as a birthday sundowner at St Aiden Wines in Ferguson, owned by her son Phil Smith.

"My neighbours are also hosting a celebration at the units where I live on Friday. After that I think I will be going to bed for a week," Ms Smith laughed.

In place of birthday gifts, Ms Smith is asking for donations to be made to the Salvation Army's Swags to Homeless initiative, an emergency program that aims at providing backpack beds to those living on the street.