WhizzKids United staff display care and love for elderly

2019-07-31 06:01
WhizzKids staff at Emuseni Old Age Home last Thursday.PHOTO: supplied

WhizzKids staff at Emuseni Old Age Home last Thursday.PHOTO: supplied

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EVERY year on July 18 the world celebrates Mandela International Day in honour of freedom fighter and former South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Mandela Day promotes the spirit of humanity by encouraging every individual to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to do community work.

As a way of celebrating this day, last Thursday WhizzKids United staff members were engaged in various activities.

WhizzKids staff members, together with their beneficiaries, visited a local old age home — Emuseni — at Edendale in Pietermaritzburg. WhizzKids got involved in chores such as cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the rooms, mopping passages and gardening. WhizzKids also organised live performances such as poet Layla Hlongwa.

The aim of the community outreach is to keep Madiba’s beliefs and his teachings for the country and people alive, and also encourages the spirit of ubuntu, said matron Mrs N.E Dlamini.

The beneficiaries describe the experience as humbling as they had never imagined that volunteering a bit of their time could have such a huge impact on people’s lives. “The time we spent at Emuseni was more of a gift to us than the elderly. It remind us how little is required to make a difference in the life of someone else,” said programme director Kyle Allan. As part of community outreach, WhizzKids United is planning to host a career day on July 26 at Edendale Hospital. — Supplied by Thobani Mbatha, Edendale Hospital

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