Groggers ditch the drink for a day and give to golden oldies

2016-08-04 06:00
 Xola Social club members from left to right Wankie Jewell, Nigro Qamata, Vusumzi Mafu and Prix Mvulana with centre manager Nonkongama Matiwane with the residents at Ekuphumleni Old Age Home on Monday.  PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

Xola Social club members from left to right Wankie Jewell, Nigro Qamata, Vusumzi Mafu and Prix Mvulana with centre manager Nonkongama Matiwane with the residents at Ekuphumleni Old Age Home on Monday. PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

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Their philosophy is ‘looking at the world through the glass’ and these tavern dwellers want to do good others.

On Monday a group of four representatives from the Xola’s Social Club donated much needed clothing items at the Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home in Gugulethu.

This was part of the clubs’ Mandela Month initiative to help others and since the first of July they have been going around various drinking spots encouraging the patrons to donate clothes they did not need anymore.

“We not only encouraged tavern goers but the general community as a whole because we wanted everyone to be involved in the support of the ignored residents.

We did not collect old clothes that no one needed but we encouraged people to sacrifice items which they still wore, we didn’t come here to throw away these clothes,” said Wankie Jewell.

He said that they have been considering that the people at elderly homes are often abandoned and they want to show them that they were not alone.

“Some people here no longer have families and it must be tough not to have someone from the outside to come and assist you.

This is why our next activity is to host a braai here and cook for the residents for an all day fun,” he said.

Another member of the club Prix Mvulana, said that for them their life was more tjhan just being cooped in their favourate spots.

“We are aware that there is life beyond the glass and that there are people who are less unfortunate. SO if we can afford to help out why not? The most important thing for us as a community is that we mustn’t forget our people.

We are also calling for other social clubs to also come and help because they too are needed,” said Mvulana.

The facility centre Nokongama Matiwane said that such gestures are always welcomed as many of the residents don’t have relatives.

“Not only are they lonely but finance challenges are also a factor as most of them rely on the pension grant money. They don’t have spare cash to buy some of the things they need,” said Matiwane.

The group said that their efforts wont end here as they will be donating to local crèches as well.

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