Women’s day celebration to raise funds for PMB's aged

2010-07-29 00:00

THE Liberty Mall Insights and Inspirations event, which takes place at the Edgars court on Saturday, August 7, will be raising funds for Padca, an NGO that cares for the elderly in Pietermaritzburg.

Padca, like many charities in the region, is largely dependent on donations to sustain its work and has been hard hit by the recession.

Among the many residential facilities with frail care that the organisation provides is Riverside, which cares for 100 frail residents. The facility is on course to become one of the best frail-care facilities in the Pietermaritzburg.

Padca also runs several outreach programmes with a special focus on resolving conflicts between communities and helping to start new senior clubs in communities.

These clubs are taken through registration as not-for-profit associations with the long-term view of ensuring funding from the government.

A number of home-based care groups are run under Padca’s auspices. Carers are trained in communities, enabling them to look after elderly residents who are unable to be accommodated in frail care facilities because of responsibilities at home.

The elderly are often a forgotten generation when it comes to funding, which is why the focus of the Women’s Day dinner will be on the aged this time.

The event, hosted by Ingrid Roberts, stars Destiny cover girl Ipeleng Mkhari and also turns the spotlight on two local “sheroes”, women who have overcome obstacles and made a contribution to society.

Tickets for the evening cost R200 per person and include a gift from Clinique valued at R275, a three- course dinner and a guest performance by the Maritzburg College Quartet.

Booking is essential. For details, contact Gail at 082 445 2577 or e-mail gail@spottedowl.co.za

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