Oldies enjoy super day with celebrities

2015-08-18 06:00
Oldies from different old age homes around Athlone were pampered with good music and food as part of Rondebosch East Primary School’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

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Oldies from different old age homes around Athlone were pampered with good music and food as part of Rondebosch East Primary School’s 75th anniversary celebrations. PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

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Senior citizens from different old age homes surrounding Rondebosch East Primary School had a day full of treats, laughter and music as they were being spoilt rotten by the school on Saturday.

Rondebosch East Primary School is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and part of their celebrations was to honour the senior citizens because they believe that if it were not for their sacrifices the younger generation would not be here today.

More than 150 elderly people were treated to glorious food and entertainment.

They also spent some time with different celebrities like 7de Laan’s Charmaine Meintjies (Vinette Ebrahim), Vinny Castle, keyboardplayer for Johnny Fingers and actor Abdurahaman Adams from the movie Four corners.

When addressing the senior citizens, Ebrahim said she does not believe that they are the old people because they have a lot of energy and are full of life.

“When I look at you I don’t see old people I see youngsters, people who are very young at heart nad enegertic.

“We really appreciate you being here as you are the pillars of the society. For us to be able to go forward we have to remember our past, and you are the people that make our past and we are taking you with us into the future,” she said.

Ebrahim added that she was embarrassed and had to apologise on behalf of those children who took their parents to the old age homes and never see them again.

The Bridgetown Theatre Company wowed the elderly with a little bit of drama, music and dance.

Trevor Turner, staff member at Rondebosch East Primary School, said they presented the event as part of paying back to their community.

“This event was in planning for almost a year and we are glad that it worked out perfectly. We wanted to thank the elderly as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations at the school. The senior citizens are the backbone of everything,” said Turner.

The oldies say it was a day to remember. Valma Rogers (66) said it was well organised. “They went all out for us,” she said.

Thora Rix (87) saids it was a great event. “It was nice to see other faces, to come out of your usual space and meet other people. Meeting new people and to meet those people that we haven’t seen in a while, is heart warming and you feel alive again. I feel so cared for and it was a lovely day,” said Rix

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