Elderly win with handiwork

2016-11-09 06:00
From the left are Debbie Moses (Checkers Shoprite), Daphne Dowie (Free State winner of the Pretty Things for Little Things competition) and Lerato Motingoe (Age-in-Action). Photo: Supplied

From the left are Debbie Moses (Checkers Shoprite), Daphne Dowie (Free State winner of the Pretty Things for Little Things competition) and Lerato Motingoe (Age-in-Action). Photo: Supplied

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The lifelong trade and skills of Daphne Dowie (68) and Pieter Pelser (74) have won the two Free State senior citizens individual prizes, provincially and nationally, in the Pretty Things for Little Things competition.

Their skills were useful in producing hand-made goods for charity.

Dowie from Bloemfontein received R2 000 as winner of the Free State and R3 000 as national runner-up. She won in the soft toys category of the competition.

Pelser from Brandfort received third prize nationally, R2 000 for first position provincially and R2 000 for the other category for goods made from materials such as wood, tin or wire.

Prize winners were announced at a function held in Bloemfontein recently.

Provincial winners in the soft toys category were: Sarie Kriel (69) and Daphne Dowie (68). Blankets section: Elize Olivier (73), Martha Humpel (65) and Susan Maree (75), all from Parys. Clothing: Gladys Myburgh (65), Sarah Francis (72) and Paulina Hoffman (68), all from Bloemfontein. “Other” category: Adriaan Dominicus (83) took second and third place. He is from Parys.

There were also merit prizes for those who entered the most items per province, as well as nationally. Prize recipients in this section were the Methodist Home for the Aged and the Sally Martin Park Retirement Village in Parys.

The competition is for senior South African women and men 60 years and older.

Held annually, it is sponsored by Shoprite and Checkers as a community development initiative and has been run in partnership with Age-in-Action since 2003.

Adele Kruger-Taljaard, brand public relations manager, said the competition encourages senior citizens to put their creative talents to work to make practical, durable and safe items that children can either wear or play with.

“Through this initiative, hundreds of thousands of handmade toys, blankets and clothes have been collected and distributed to children in need across South Africa since the inception of the annual Pretty Things for Little Things competition 14 years ago. Through its extensive store network, the supermarket group joins hands with those communities in which it operates and joins forces with local partners such as Age-in-Action to respond to needs,” she said.

Kruger-Taljaard said senior entrants entering their handiwork stood a chance of winning their share of R200 000 in shopping vouchers that could be used at Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper stores nationwide.

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