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2017-09-19 06:00
Your favourite dish can help the Kensington Home for the Aged raise funds to buy gym equipment. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Your favourite dish can help the Kensington Home for the Aged raise funds to buy gym equipment. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The Kensington Home for the Aged is holding a fundraising competition at the Shawco field on Saturday at 09:00.

According to the home’s board member Helen Major, the proceeds from the event will be used to buy gym equipment for the residents. She says the idea follows numerous unsuccessful attempts to find a voluntary physiotherapist to help the residents get active and deal with their physical challenges.

She says: “We will buy light machines like stepper and bike machines for the residents. Some of the residents suffered from stroke that resulted in them being inactive. Some of them are still young – just over 60 years – asking for this kind of support.”

Members of the public are asked to enter a potjie competition in which each participant will bring their home-prepared dish to sell on the day. Visitors will select their favourite dish and three judges will also taste the dishes and make the final selection of the winner.

“People who do not want to enter the potjie competition can have a boerewors table or burgers, sweets, chips, cooldrinks or any breakfast table of your choice. People will pop in and buy their meal to taste it and a winner will be identified through the purchases.”

One resident, Keith Langley (63), a stroke survivor, says he would love to have access to a gym every day to help stimulate his physical and mental ability. He currently depends on his wife to help him with exercise and staying active. They share a room at the home.

Priscilla Christians (46), who has been in a wheelchair for four years, says: “I would love the idea of a gym at our home. It will help with my weight, also to get out of my wheelchair and walk permanently. At the moment the only exercise I get is walking down the ramp every morning to an art class.”V To enter the potjie competition call Helen Major on 021 593 2274. Entry closes on Friday.

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