A bubbly celebration

2019-11-26 06:00
The oldest guest was honoured with a gift: a blanket, an iron and a bunch of flowers. Seated are Marina Balin and Dulce Rathbone who at 96 was the oldest guest. Standing are Shamiel Abbas, chair of the Woodstock Community Outreach Forum; Const Cathleen Teixeira of Woodstock police; Col Dumezweni Ntsezo, Woodstock police station commander; and Capt Hilton Malila, Woodstock police spokesperson.

The oldest guest was honoured with a gift: a blanket, an iron and a bunch of flowers. Seated are Marina Balin and Dulce Rathbone who at 96 was the oldest guest. Standing are Shamiel Abbas, chair of the Woodstock Community Outreach Forum; Const Cathleen Teixeira of Woodstock police; Col Dumezweni Ntsezo, Woodstock police station commander; and Capt Hilton Malila, Woodstock police spokesperson. (Nomzamo Yuku)

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The Woodstock Town Hall was packed with seniors enjoying a Christmas party on Wednesday 20 November.

Nearly 300 elders from Woodstock and neighbouring communities enjoyed the annual event hosted by the Woodstock police. 

According to WO Hilton Malila, the station’s spokesperson, the event honours senior citizens. He says it also marks the official launch of the festive season in the precinct.

“The event keeps growing and we do not turn anyone away, but we noted the number (of people attending) and the probability of having to move to a bigger venue in the future. In 2008 and 2009, it was held in the Castle of Good Hope,” says Malila.

He thanked everyone who made the event a success, especially local businesses.

Festivities such as music, dancing, prizes and motivational talks entertained the elders. The eldest guest, best dressed, and those celebrating their birthday were honoured.

Elders too did their part to entertain each other – dancing and karaoke.

Amina Perry (77) from Woodstock has attended the event for many years and this year she celebrated her birthday, which she says is a blessing. 

She is thankful to the police for what they do for the elders.

Gadija Williams (83) says it is nice to be at a place filled with happiness, good music and nice food. “I just lost my daughter and the atmosphere here helped me loosen up. Today I chose to remember her in a good way, dancing away the pain,” she says.

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