Pour the tea for seniors’ outing

2016-11-01 06:00
A local non-profit organisation hosted a high tea on Saturday to raise funds for a weekend away for local senior citizens. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

A local non-profit organisation hosted a high tea on Saturday to raise funds for a weekend away for local senior citizens. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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A non-profit organisation in Lavender Hill held a high tea on Saturday to raise funds to take senior citizens from the area on a weekend outing.

The aim of the fundraising event was to raise money to take local elderly out for the last weekend of this month. A secondary aim was to raise money to host an end-of-year party for the children whom the organisation helps with a soup kitchen.

Belinda Aspeling, founder and chairperson of 12 Tyney Baskets, says her organisation saw a need in their community and they decided to help.

“Our main focus was children. So we were giving them soup, as most of them spent the day without food and went to bed hungry. That was heartbreaking, so we decide to do a soup kitchen. Up to this day we run it from our own homes and we buy things out of our own pocket. We used to give soup in the morning but now we do it in the evening so that no kid goes to bed hungry. We get a few donations but most of the times we to do things on our own,” says Aspeling.

“We then noticed that the seniors had nothing to do and they were frustrated by being at home. They had no-one to speak to. So we started a seniors club. We don’t do much with them but just get together, pray, share and talk about life.

“It really helps them a lot because at the time they were just at home with no-one to talk to and that was really depressing. So now we come together and keep them occupied,” says Aspeling.

Aspeling says their hope is for a better Lavender Hill.

“We have different programmes that we run and our wish is to have a better area. No-one can do it for us but we the people of the area.

“Our objective for next year is to have a women’s group. Women go through so much, so our wish is to empower them.

“There is so much need in our community. Little by little we are doing what we can. I’m thankful to the other women that I work with. It’s not easy but we are hopeful,” she says.

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