Community shows heart with giving

2018-06-28 06:03
Mayor Patricia de Lille handed over wheelchairs and walking sticks .

Mayor Patricia de Lille handed over wheelchairs and walking sticks .

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KwaKhanya Community Home-based Care Centre in Khayelitsha welcomed a donation and visit from the mayor and local councillors last Thursday.

Mayor Patricia de Lille along with Mayco member (Central) Siyabulela Mamkeli and ward councillor Phelisa Sweetness Mzolisa visited the centre to hand over a shipping container, wheelchairs and walking sticks.

“The handover event comes days before the month when the country comes together to serve the most vulnerable and commemorate the centenary celebration of the birth of the father of our democracy, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” De Lille said.

“Each year in July we see a marked increase in volunteerism to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities, while we celebrate the heroes who sacrificed their time and lives for the betterment of others. In honouring Tata Madiba in this way, we must emulate his life’s example where each day was dedicated to serving others. We must all go beyond the 67 minutes for Mandela Month to do even more for those in need.”

Support centres like KwaKhanya, where six home-based caregivers and staff do valuable work each day and look after residents affected by HIV/Aids, including the elderly and vulnerable children in Khayelitsha are important, De Lille said.

“There are many children and senior citizens who need our help and each day that we take hands to tackle social ills together, we can brighten up someone’s day or help shape their destiny for the better,” she said.

“My call is that each resident must amplify their work on an ongoing basis so that we can make even greater strides in building a caring and inclusive city.”

Last Thursday, the City donated a container to the centre as a shelter against the wet and cold of Cape Town’s winter. The centre has already moved into the container and caregivers have started to hold their daily support groups.

KwaKhanya’s six home-based caregivers visit the elderly and residents around Site C in Khayelitsha who may be affect by HIV/Aids.

Every Thursday the centre hosts a support group with elderly residents and on Fridays vulnerable children are supported with programmes, discussions and activities­.

“When I visited the centre, a women’s support group gathered to offer each other support while staff and caregivers shared information and members participated in the making of beaded crafts. Many of our residents face challenges of mobility and access to facilities. We each have to do our part to help our vulnerable residents overcome impediments,” says De Lille.

One of the wheelchair recipients, Lutho Sitali (17), attends a support group at KwaKhanya. She was disabled after a stray bullet hit her.

Other recipients were Nobona Fuba (49) and Nombeko Qomoji (65), while Siziwe Manyathela (78), Nomhle Sodidi (41) and Mileka Nyoni (70) received walking sticks.

The community and a church also donated bottled water and sanitary towels to residents at KwaKhanya.

“This showed the open hearts of many of our residents.”

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