Treats for seniors

2016-12-13 06:01
The senior residents and staff of the Village Elderly Centre in Lavender Hill were treated to an early Christmas lunch.

The senior residents and staff of the Village Elderly Centre in Lavender Hill were treated to an early Christmas lunch.

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The elderly residents and staff of the Village Elderly Centre in Lavender Hill accelerated their festive season mood with a three-course meal last Sunday.

The Women Taking Action (WTA) organisation from Tokai, the department of correctional services’ Pollsmoor prison and Freddie Adams, a provincial member of parliament, got together to share in the pre-Christmas feast.

The 25 senior men and women were served a three-course meal, followed by a late afternoon treat of an assortment of cakes, juice and fruits. The dining hall was adorned with Christmas decorations. Musician Deon Kleinhans entertained the residents and guests with his renditions of golden oldies, including “Give a little love” by his old friend Zayne Adams.

Area commissioner Clifford Mketshane welcomed everyone, saying he was grateful to share a meal with the seniors and that he was eager to make a difference in the lives of the poor, alongside WTA.

In his keynote address Adams thanked the seniors for paving the way for the next generation, reminding everyone that Shirly Paulse, founder and chairperson of WTA, was ready to lead the organisation in making the change.

“The elderly constitute roughly 8% of the country’s population and statistics show that they are increasingly being mistreated‚ neglected and abandoned by family members. It is time for us to work hand in glove with government to take care of the poor and defenceless in our communities,” said Paulse.

Charles Jacobs, a former counsellor and resident of the Village Elderly Centre, was filled with emotion when he addressed the visitors, saying: “I am so happy because the speeches that I have heard from various people throughout the day echo my initial thoughts of Ms Paulse as a woman of action. She is who she says she is and she will be blessed for her commitment to the poor.”

Pollsmoor donated five wheelchairs to the residents of the centre. Wheelchair-bound John Cupido, the oldest resident at the age of 92, beamed as he said how grateful he was that WTA had spent the day at the centre.

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