Fun annual event for senior neighbours

2017-11-28 06:00
Woodstock police hosted hundreds of seniors. Pictured from left are Idna Pash, Frances Stringer, Duma Ntsezo, Lena Williams and Agnes van Wyk.PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

Woodstock police hosted hundreds of seniors. Pictured from left are Idna Pash, Frances Stringer, Duma Ntsezo, Lena Williams and Agnes van Wyk.PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

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About 250 elderly people were celebrated at an annual seniors event held in the Woodstock community hall on Thursday.

The event organised by the Woodstock police was aimed at honouring the role played by the elders in the community and promoting the spirit of ubuntu during the difficult times of gang violence in Cape Town.

The event last week included activities like dancing, modelling and singing for each other in the form of a competition with ­prizes.

There was also live entertainment by local artists, who performed comedy, sang and motivated them.

Woodstock Police Station commander, Colonel Duma Ntsezo says the event has been taking place for more than six years and keeps growing every year. He says it has now become something that elderly people look forward to every year.

“The idea behind this event is to get everyone to get to know each other so they can be able to help one another, especially now that we are dealing with gang-related incidents that directly and indirectly affect our senior citizens.”

He says elderly people are categorised as vulnerable people because they are unable to defend themselves during attacks and are easy targets, although the number of criminal incidents affecting elderly people in Woodstock are very low.

“People from this area respect and honour seniors. We have not really had a serious crime affecting them,” he says.

One of the seniors at the event, Veronica Matthews, said the day was one of her highlights of the year. She said she enjoyed being amongst people who understood and enjoyed her company. She said because she was still energetic and would like to see old people happy she decided to participate in the activities, dancing and modelling.

Another elder, Elizabeth Bailey, said: “I am glad to be here today. The event is beautiful and everyone is happy. It is not about the gifts, it’s about meeting each other, enjoying ourselves and learning from each other. We are thankful to our police for not just assuring our safety but also putting smiles on so many faces.”

Sulaimau Adams of AJ Sounds said he had been a part of the event for several years and was happy to see it grow. He said it brought the community together and helped those who did not have families to get spoiled.

“Some of these people are from the old-age homes and have no-one to spoil them. It is initiatives like these that make them realise they are still part of the community.”

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