Art and Soul tea party a success

2018-06-26 06:00
RHF Volunteers with Christian Social Services and Grandmothers Unite.

RHF Volunteers with Christian Social Services and Grandmothers Unite.

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THE Flowers through the Home showcase, hosted in Kloof last month, chose The Robin Hood Foundation (RHF) as their charity of choice for the year.

The showcase was a partnership between RHF and The Magic Moments Trust Painting Programme, established by Daisy White, which helps people discover and develop their creativity through teaching them painting skills and providing them with access to the economy.

Daisy White is passionate about this initiative and her aim is to enhance the lives of people, especially women, who are unemployed and from rural areas.

White said: “The fabric painting workshops help people develop confidence in their painting abilities, and provide them with purpose and a passion and, as an outcome, to feel that they are worthy and contributing towards an inclusive society.”

Joined by an incredible team of volunteers, the Robin Hood Foundation hosted the morning of Tea and Art for 32 gogos and mkhulu’s at Ntshongweni Elderly Daycare.

Robin Hood Foundation co-ordinator Kim Griffiths Jones said: “The elderly come to this little tin church “Daycare” each day, in the middle of rural Ntshongweni, as they have no one at home to care for them and nothing to do. Here they are served a meal everyday by the most amazing ladies, Imelda and Gugu, from Grandmothers Unite. They sit and have a chat, knit, sew and even do Gogo-Aerobics every Thursday.

“The duo is always looking for activities to keep the gogo’s stimulated and The Christian Social Services were thrilled when we said we want to bring a morning of art to them.”

She said that each gogo and mkhulu got to sit with their volunteers where they were taught how to paint a bag or cushion. “They got to paint a bag or cushion of their choice by Daisy. Then they were served tea and delicious snacks.

“They were told they could take home the mugs that they were served tea in thanks to our Mugs And Mallows 2018 campaign,” said Griffith Jones

“They were further surprised when each gogo and mkulu was gifted with a box filled with food that was generously donated and decorated by Lyn Chivers’ team from Nedbank,” she continued.

Griffith Jones mentioned what a special day it was, seeing gogo’s and mkulu’s painting, “To see them so drawn into the arts, learning a new skill and loving every minute of the volunteer attention, connection and interaction.

If you’d like to find out more about The Robin Hood Foundation to volunteer or donate, e-mail
info@robinhoodfoundation.co.za

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