Honoured for entertainment to seniors

2016-07-06 06:00
Claude Charles (right) recently received a community service award from Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg president, Rosetta Stander for his entertainment to seniors. PHOTO: nicole john

Claude Charles (right) recently received a community service award from Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg president, Rosetta Stander for his entertainment to seniors. PHOTO: nicole john

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CLAUDE Charles recently received a “community service” award from the Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg for his entertainment to city seniors.

Rotary Club PMB Seniors Club members called on Charles to entertain seniors at Allison Homes, NCVV, the Aryan Benevolent and Isabel Beardmore Homes for the Aged.

“We have seen the seniors blossom and flourish. They are entranced by Claude’s beautiful music and talent which he shares at no charge. We have seen our old folk get up and dance, discarding walkers and walking sticks. If this is physically impossible, they sway and sing along to the music in their wheelchairs,” said members in their motivational letter of nomination.

In 2016 Charles provided light musical entertainment to various senior city establishments. He first performed at Riverside Home and this escalated to various homes, residences and retirement villages for senior citizens.

He partners with the Community Chest, Christian Women in Business, the senior Women’s League, Shekinah Nursing School, other organisations and the Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg to provide entertainment in and around Pietermaritzburg to those less fortunate by playing the guitar and singing some of the favourite golden oldies.

Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, Charles grew up playing the piano from an early age, but the guitar has now taken precedent.

He is self-employed at his recording studio which he opened in April 2011, and is in the process of selling it.

Charles recently worked with Headway, a support organisation for people with head trauma in the Baptist Church Hall in Scottsville, which has proved to be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding highlights. He is also a musician at his place of worship, St David’s Anglican Church in Prestbury. - Supplied

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