Ministers gather to treat seniors

2018-11-20 06:01
Sixty seniors were treated to lunch at Cathkin Caterers in Rylands last week.

Sixty seniors were treated to lunch at Cathkin Caterers in Rylands last week.

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The Heideveld Ministers’ Fraternal gathered 60 senior citizens at Cathkin Caterers in Rylands last week.

Vernon Visagie, reverend at the Great Commission Church in Heideveld and on the board of the Ministers’ Fraternal Church, says they serve pensioners a hot meal every last Wednesday of the month, with a special Christmas lunch at Cathkin Caterers near the end of every year, which has been happening over the last 40 years.

“We are involved with the community. Apart from feeding the pensioners, we serve about 400 meals on Wednesdays at noon for the underprivileged.

“We are very active in the community, apart from counselling and feeding them. The fraternal in Heideveld is very involved with it, because I serve on the board of the fraternal and now Councillor (Anthony) Moses came on board to help with the project,” says Visagie.

Moses, ward 44 councillor, adds he welcomes the partnership between the fraternal and Cathkin Caterers.

“I am overwhelmed by the way that they have attended to the seniors, because of their respect for the seniors within the various churches. This is one of the initiatives which brings communities together and [addresses] their related issues in terms of the interests of our seniors,” Moses says.

Visagie says the help of donors and sponsors has made this aspect of their ministry easier to carry out.

He praised I&J for its support for the past 40 years. “They have been supplying us with the fish every month and they are also a vital part of it,” says Visagie.

He adds that support is still welcomed and food items can be donated to ease the monthly load. “Whatever they want to contribute as far as food items is concerned we will gladly appreciate,” says Visagie.

The seniors also received gifts from the various stakeholders involved.

“I want to thank the Ministers’ Fraternal for their commitment in serving our communities and helping to change the social fibre of our communities and also as part of the safety strategy to engage with seniors at this level. We look forward to much more bigger and future engagements.”

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