Foundation donates wares to the elderly

2017-04-20 06:01
Albert Fritz, MEC for Social Development (second from left), Abed Karrim, Project Manager (KZN) Disaster Response and Poverty Eradication and member of Al-Imdaad Foundation and senior citizens at Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home, in Gugulethu, on Tuesday.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

Albert Fritz, MEC for Social Development (second from left), Abed Karrim, Project Manager (KZN) Disaster Response and Poverty Eradication and member of Al-Imdaad Foundation and senior citizens at Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home, in Gugulethu, on Tuesday.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

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Senior citizens belonging to the Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home in Gugulethu were beside themselves with jubilation after they received wheelchairs, walking-sticks and toiletries a newly launched foundation in the Western Cape.

The event took place on Tuesday and was made possible by the Al-Imdaad Foundation in collaboration with Albert Fritz, MEC for Social Development in the province.

The foundation donated two wheelchairs, 50 walking-sticks and dozens of toiletries at the centre.

Project Manager Abed Karrim, said the donation was to show that they cared about the elderly.

“We are totally blessed today that you opened your doors for us. It is because of your prayers that we have stepped-in here. We are here to add value and restore dignity to you. You did us a favour by receiving from us and we feel honoured by that. We spoke to the minister (Fritz) that we need to continue supporting the centre,” Karrim said.

Karrim also said they were impressed by “professionalism and cleanliness” in the centre.

Fritz said he was happy that the operations of the centre were improved as compared to the way it did when it was still known as Ekuphumuleni Old Age Home.

“I would like to thank the staff here for doing a great job. I know that you are not paid enough, but the work that you do comes from your hearts. This is a special day and it is about making our relationship with the foundation concrete. The donation is about human dignity. They are aiming to make a difference in people’s lives. I can see that the centre is safe and clean which is important,” Fritz said.

He announced that the centre will be the first to benefit from this year’s winter readiness project which will see elders and needy receiving blankets.

Nokongama Matiwane, facility manager at Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home, thanked the foundation for the donation.

“We are happy for the donation. It will really help us. We do have challenges here such as limited budget which only covers for daily operations of the centre. We cannot afford to maintain the building. We also do not have a transport and we depended on hiring cars.

Aaron Thoba, 64, who received a wheelchair, applauded the donation.

“I was struck by stroke so my legs were badly affected. This wheelchair is going to help me a lot.”

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