Pillays’ project pleases pensioners

2017-10-10 06:00
Carol and Joseph Pillay.

Carol and Joseph Pillay.

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What started as a means to give back to the vulnerable has blossomed into a successful project now in existence for 11 years.

The Joseph and Carol Pillay Seniors Project based in Strandfontein serve senior residents of Strandfontein, Rocklands and the informal settlements that form part of ward 43.

“[We started] in 2006 as we felt the elders were neglected and wanted to care for their needs and cater to them in a glamourous way annually,” says ­Joseph.

They started out by donating food to the less fortunate and knitting clothing for children from underprivileged areas.

The organisation runs several fundraising initiatives to help them continue to serve the community.

Their recent most fundraising event was a “P”-themed party that more than 120 people ­attended.

“[All the funds raised are] used for the elderly, especially in the community of ward 43. We invite them to attend the ‘Christmas in spring’ event and we aim to treat seniors once or twice a year – subject to availability of funds. The one event we will always have is the annual ‘Christmas in spring’ luncheon or either have a breakfast or high tea – again depending on funds,” says Joseph.

This year 370 people were invited, an increase from the 350 guests last year.

Members of the public can get involved in the cause by supporting their continued fundraising initiatives, he says.

“We have boerewors sales every second month to raise funds to use as capital to fund either another fundraising initiative or to plough it directly into the luncheon. We also plan to have a daytime jazz coolerbox party in the upcoming months, as well as a New Year’s Eve bring-and-share party on Sunday 31 December,” he says.VFor more information on the organisation or to get involved call Carol Pillay on 082 725 3321 or Joseph Pillay on 082 466 3857.

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