Volunteers treat disabled elderly

2016-10-05 06:00
STAFF members of the Department of Correctional Services, the South African Police Services and Bloemfontein Celtics supporters with some of the residents of the Sally Aucamp Home for the Disabled during their visit on Saturday (01/10). Photo: Boipelo Mere

STAFF members of the Department of Correctional Services, the South African Police Services and Bloemfontein Celtics supporters with some of the residents of the Sally Aucamp Home for the Disabled during their visit on Saturday (01/10). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE elderly residents of the Sally Aucamp Home for the Disabled, based in Cassandra, Kimberley, were treated to breakfast, lunch and spring cleaning on their premises.

In an effort to show that Mandela Day is every day, a joint venture between the staff of the Tswelopele Correctional Services, police members, parolees and Bloemfontein Celtics Kimberley supporters took place and they spent the day with members of the home on Saturday (01/10).

Dimakatso Ranyama, head of the Kimberley Management Area for Social Reintegration at the Tswelopele Correctional Centre, said the initiative was part of the department’s continuous social responsibility, wherein the parolees came on board to give back to the community.

According to the chairperson of the Bloemfontein Celtics supporters in Kimberley, Johny Motseokae, the team is still to return to the home to finish their duty, as the plan was also to paint the walls.

“Due to time constraints, we could not complete painting the walls, but we will return to fulfil our promise,” said Motseokae. Packets of adult disposable nappies were also donated.

He thanked various sponsors who had made the partnership possible, such as Vermeulens, Dischem, Dial A Bake and Beef Master. On behalf of his fellow supporters, he said they hope for continued partnership between the police and Correctional Services.

“We hope to work with other government departments in creating a suitable environment for our communities.”

Matron Evie Brevis could not stop expressing her excitement on how they appreciated the visit.

“You do not know what this means to us.

“It is very seldom that we receive visitors. Although we are a happy family, we are in need of people’s company,” said the grateful matron, close to tears.

The home accommodates 15 residents, of which they recently lost one after an illness. The home also consists of ten staff members.

“We wish for more people to visit us, even without gifts,” she said.

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