Caring for the vulnerable

2017-02-15 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Senior citizens are treated by the Ripple Effect Bikers.

PHOTO: supplied Senior citizens are treated by the Ripple Effect Bikers.

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SPREADING love and caring in keeping with Valentine’s Day, Ripple Effect Bikers visited the pensioners living at Cathmor Court in Main Road, Doonside.

“Huge biker hands gently helped the elderly, some in wheelchairs and others with walkers to a gazebo set up outside. The bikers softly reassured the sickly and frail that they were there to spoil them for Valentine’s Day. Car boots opened, juice and ice were handed out and these burly leather clad men started a fire for boerie rolls. I looked at the pensioners sad eyes and saw the tears roll down their wrinkled cheeks as the biker children hand each one a red rose and a little gift,” Eurka Olivier of Bobbi Bear said.

“I watched as these old people slowly wipe their tears as some of the biker children got on their laps in their wheelchairs. I wonder when was the last time some of them had visitors or even seen their grandchildren,” she added.

“I looked down at a pair of legs in a wheelchair, so swollen, and another pair of hands caught my eyes, so riddled with arthritis she could not hold her cup. A biker leaned over and helped her drink. These are old people who helped shape our country, raised children shared their knowledge so others could learn. These are old people who could be my parents. Do we as a community just forget them, do we turn a blind eye? Or do we, as a community take a leaf out the biker book, the same men and woman who are covered in tattoos and leathers and start caring for the children, elderly and mentally challenged who cannot speak for themselves, or do we walk away because it is ‘not our problem?’,” she asked.

Olivier thanked all the biker families throughout the country who are always busy with some form of charity work.

“We as a community cannot sit back and expect someone else to do [the work], it starts with you and me. We have two hands and we can make a difference. Our bikers have and will always have my heart and my respect. Let everyone of us cause a ripple effect of kindness, empathy and love for the elderly and whoever else cannot fend for themselves,” she said. - Supplied.

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