Goodies for the darling gogos

2017-09-21 06:01
Members of Sinovuyo Old Age Club pose with the donations from Hollywoodbets employees.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

Members of Sinovuyo Old Age Club pose with the donations from Hollywoodbets employees.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

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A donation of two sewing machines, a cooking pot set, two tables and a microwave by a gambling company to a senior citizen’s club in Khayelitsha was warmly welcomed by the recipients.

On Friday, Sinovuyo Old Age Club based in Umsobomvu Drive in Ilitha Park received the donation from Hollywoodbets, a company specialising in horse race and sports betting.

Patricia Ophila, the coordinator at the old age club, said they were pleasantly surprised when they received a call from the company on Monday informing them that they will be getting the donation.

“They told us to give them a list of things we would like them to buy for us to the tune of R10 000.

We did not have means of buying the things they bought for us. We are very happy.

This is our special day. They promised to come with more donations in future. We still need help from other businesses,” Ophila said.

The club, which was formed about two years ago, consists of 50 elders.

Ophila said they had to share one sewing machine and that they did not have enough pots to cook full meals every week day.

The home produces pillows which they sell to generate income, do beading work and are selling a book titled: “Abantu abadala;- Conversations with the Elders.”

The book is about the life stories of the elderly from different communities and it is published by Uthando SA, which is a unique non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited organization, which aims to raise funds for life changing community development projects in South Africa.

It sells for R300.

Sipho Flepu, one of the members of the club said he helps the club by cultivating the garden which produces food for the elderly.

Zolisa Diki, coordinator for corporate social investment (CSI) said this was part of their ongoing support to needy communities.

“We believe in giving back to needy communities or organisations. This club was chosen by our employees.

We wanted to ensure that senior citizens are not forgotten. They are grateful for the donation. It came as a surprise to them,” Diki said.

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