Honouring senior citizens

2018-11-27 06:01
Lieutenant-Colonel Louisa Fourie and Lavender Hill resident Gadija Williams (82) had the audience entertained at the seniors’ Christmas party at Woodstock Town Hall.

Lieutenant-Colonel Louisa Fourie and Lavender Hill resident Gadija Williams (82) had the audience entertained at the seniors’ Christmas party at Woodstock Town Hall.

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Senior citizens came out in their numbers to celebrate at their annual end-of-year party in Woodstock last week.

Among them were the two oldest residents in the room – Dulcy Redbone (96) from Woodstock and Fatima Agherdiem (91) from Salt River.

Redbone said: “I am very happy to be here.”

Meanwhile, Agherdiem, who was accompanied by family and neighbours, said she enjoyed herself and was grateful to the organisers for considering them.

Asked about her secret to longevity, she said: “I do a lot of walking – I walk from Salt River to Woodstock.”

She encouraged young people to stay in school and thank their parents for educating them.

The elderly residents were treated to a variety of entertainment including music by the police band and musicians, as well as food and motivational talks.Some defied their old age and hit the stage to show off their dance moves.

The event was organised in a partnership between the Woodstock Community Forum, the police and the Community Policing Forum.This was the local residents’ way of giving back to the elders, says Shamiel Abbass of the Woodstock Community Forum. “This is our senior citizens’ Christmas function which we have been doing for the past 15 years. This is our opportunity to give back to our senior citizens and say to them, ‘thank you very much’. We wanted to put a smile on their faces and honour them,” says Abbass.

Among the guests were Cape Town SAPS cluster commander, Brigadier Lillian van Wyk, Woodstock station commander, Colonel Dumezweni Ntsezo, City councillor Dave Bryant and CPF chairperson Youssef
Kanouni.

They all paid tribute to the elderly
residents.

Van Wyk condemned the attacks on and abuse of the elderly and called on the youth to look after them. She also urged the seniors to continue setting good examples for the young ones and reminded them their duty was not yet done.

Kanouni assured the elders they were safe in Woodstock.

Abbass said they would continue the annual event and hoped to leave a legacy that would be taken over by other Woodstock residents.

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