Christmas spirit at seniors’ home

2018-12-18 06:00
Elizabeth Mushfieldt played the Star in the play at the Kensington Home for the Aged on Thursday 13 December.

Elizabeth Mushfieldt played the Star in the play at the Kensington Home for the Aged on Thursday 13 December.

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Senior residents of Kensington and Factreton brought Christmas cheer to their counterparts at the Kensington Home for the Aged on Thursday 13 December­.

“It’s not often that senior citizens perform for other senior citizens,” exclaimed one elder at the event.

The Darby & Joan Seniors’ Club put together a special programme to spend time with the seniors at the home while entertaining them.

About 20 members of the club staged a Nativity play, A Friend of Poor and Needy People, a story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

In the play, the club members played characters such as shepherds, angels, innkeepers, the Wise Men and the Star.

Pianist Donovan Forbes and four dancers also featured in the production while one of the organisers, Solly Davids, was the narrator­.

According to the club’s leader, Unity Williams, it took the members about two months to prepare for the production. She said their aim was to bring joy and entertainment to the seniors and to remind them of the birth of Jesus.

“It was important to remind them that Jesus was born in a stable, poor and humble. He brought love and joy to everyone,” she said.

Williams explained that the club is based at the Factreton Community Centre and has about 20 members, all women aged between 60 and late 80s. The women meet once a week and do arts and crafts.

“We get together and socialise just to get away from home a bit and enjoy each other’s company,” she said.

They chose the Kensington home to get the elderly at the institution to meet new people.

The seniors and staff at the home appreciated the gesture.

Ninety-three-year-old Queenie Mary van Heerden’s response was: “I will never forget it because when I was singing in the choir, I stayed in the choir until I was 88 years old.”

Asked about her secret to longevity, Van Heerden said: “(God) looks after me. He never leaves us.”

Reacting to the play, Wynberg resident Leonora Arendse said: “I love it, I love it, I love it. I love this time of the year and it’s my birthday on Christmas Day.”

Aisha Fakir agreed: “I enjoyed it very much, it was very nice.”

The home’s chairperson, Charles Blows, thanked the seniors’ club, noting that the home has received a lot of support in the recent past.

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