Seniors get to feel the love

2016-02-16 06:00
A member of Restoring Hope manicures the nails of one of the residents of the Douglas Murray Old Age Home

A member of Restoring Hope manicures the nails of one of the residents of the Douglas Murray Old Age Home

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Residents of the Douglas Murray Old Age Home in Retreat had a Valentine’s Day to remember as they had volunteers of the Restoring Hope Association pamper them throughout the day.

The seniors had a day full of activities as they had they nails done, their hair cut, their beards shaved, received massages and were entertained with games. They were also served food before they were given gifts to seal the day.

Restoring Hope Association says it saw this as an important thing to do – to cheer up the senior citizens who have no contact with family or loved ones due to different circumstances. The organisation’s volunteers wanted to make them feel special and loved as everyone else celebrated the day of love.

The smiles and cheerful faces of the residents showed that they had a good time.

Kelly Jacobs, secretary of Restoring Hope Association, says the aim of the programme is to give back to the community and honour the elderly.

“Often, the elderly members of the community are neglected by family, friends and society in general. So many of them have made a lot of sacrifices in their lives for their loved ones as well as the greater community. Many of them no longer have contact with their loved ones or some have lost many of their loved ones.

“So we thought the day will be a perfect excuse to show them love as well. In light of this, we felt that they needed a day to be spoilt and feel appreciated. We felt that Valentine’s Day would be an appropriate time for them to feel special and cared for, and spend it in a way where they will feel loved and appreciated. We aim to plant a seed of hope in the elderly individuals at Douglas Murray, that they are cared for and appreciated by members in the community by making Valentine’s Day a special day for them,” she says.

The Association runs a number of projects in the community, which include food and clothing drives, motivational speaking and workshops at schools, community centres, prisons and events, sports initiatives and outreaches to uplift communities. The organisation started last year and they say all they want to do is to restore hope.

“We want to uplift our communities through the different programmes that we have. We aim to assist people with their day-to-day lives and to empower them. Through motivational talks they will know that there is help out there.

“This year we are planning to go even bigger and visit an orphanage and run a lot more programmes that will restore hope in our people,” says Jacobs.

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