Elderly treated to special lunch

2015-12-03 06:00
 Members of the Bavuyise Community Development Centre were treated to a special lunch during the organisations end of year gathering.  PHOTO: mbongiseni Maseko

Members of the Bavuyise Community Development Centre were treated to a special lunch during the organisations end of year gathering. PHOTO: mbongiseni Maseko

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Bavuyise Community Development Centre, an NGO founded in Makhaya, an organisation borne out of the need to get the elderly residents of Khayelitsha active, held its third anniversary celebration on Monday.

The elderly were treated to edibles at the Thusong Centre on the day.

The organisation was founded by Zodwa Manona in 2012 in an effort to get the elderly off their couches and be active for their own sake.

“We have around twenty members who visit us daily to part take in activities such as arts and crafts, exercise, gardening and social games.”

Monwabisi Vuthu, Bavuyise marketing manager said: “We do this to keep them active so that they don’t develop conditions such as arthritis and other body ailments that occur when an elderly person is inactive,”.

He said that during the day they elders are engaged in all these activities that not only assist the organisation but the community as well.

“We have quite a successful gardening project with the local church, where we manage to grow vegetables, which we then sell to the community and raise funds for the organisation,” he said.

Manona said that the organisation had a lot to celebrate this year as it managed to secure funding to run its programmes.

“We have managed to cultivate great relationships with the City of Cape Town, provincial Social Development and Agriculture and they have funded our projects,” said Manona. She said that providing breakfast and lunch for the members was a struggle but were happy with the support from funders. “We have been trying to reach out and organise the youth, to no avail, but we are confident that we can still mobilise them.

We are also encouraging youth activists to come to us and we will help them in structuring their activities and give them the support that we can offer as well,” she said.

They aim to have their own centre in future

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