City donates vegetables to senior citizens

2015-06-10 06:02
With some of the vegetables donated by Msunduzi Municipality is Woodlands ward councillor Mary Schalkwyk, Isabel Beardmore Old Age Home matron Lindiwe Duma and executive council member Jabu Ngubo. PHOTO: jonathan burton

With some of the vegetables donated by Msunduzi Municipality is Woodlands ward councillor Mary Schalkwyk, Isabel Beardmore Old Age Home matron Lindiwe Duma and executive council member Jabu Ngubo. PHOTO: jonathan burton

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THE first harvest from the vegetable gardens around the city has been donated to Isabel Beardmore Old Age Home in Woodlands.

Four boxes filled with spinach, cabbage­, cauliflower and beetroot and 15 six-packs of water were given to the home to use for residents’ meals. The home is government funded and houses­ 65 people ranging in age from 60 to 95.

Home manager Gill Poliga said the vegetables were enough to feed the residents for about two weeks.

“On behalf of the management, staff and residents we extend a sincere thank you to the municipality. We appreciate its commitment to us and continued interest in our home and the elderly.”

Executive council member, Jabu Ngubo, said the elderly are a blessing and the municipality appreciates the efforts of carers giving back to the elderly.

“This is just a small gift as part of our effort to secure food and at the same time beautify the city. We are playing a small part in food security.”

At the handover was ward councillor Mary Schalkwyk who said it was a privilege to be among the senior citizens.

“It is our duty as the municipality to play a part in making the lives of the elderly as comfortable as possible.”

The home residents were very grateful and expressed their thanks by rendering a musical item.

“We appreciate this donation and thank you for caring for the aged,” said resident Maria Cassels.

The vegetable gardens will continue to be maintained and each harvest will be donated to various organisations in need around the city.

The gardens are a part of Msunduzi Municipality’s efforts to curb illegal dumping and, at the same time, beautify the city

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