Reaching out, raising funds in style

2018-11-20 06:00
From left are Marureen Rautenbach (65), Jean Nicolson (71) and Madnia Patel (61).

From left are Marureen Rautenbach (65), Jean Nicolson (71) and Madnia Patel (61).

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A non-profit organisation went on an exciting drive recently to raise funds for poverty-stricken and frail senior residents.

The Kensington-Factreton Meals on Wheels’s annual Spring Queen beauty pageant had a number of senior citizens sharing the runway with their younger counterparts, all showing off their modelling skills.

The event was held at the Shawco Hall in Kensington on Saturday 10 November with about 140 people in attendance.

Guests watched as seniors with stylish hairdos and immaculately manicured nails walked the walk in attractive gowns and heels, sharing the runway with beautiful youngsters and toddlers. Two saxophonists and two singers also performed for the crowd.“We also gave stallholders the opportunity to sell their goods to the community and thereby having the privilege of making some extra monies,” says Soraya Alexander, the organisation’s secretary.

Kensington-Factreton Meals on Wheels is a registered non-profit organisation operative in the “marginalised” communities of Kensington, Factreton and Maitland.

It was formed as a result of abject poverty and frailty in these areas, says Alexander.

“Many of our senior citizens are denied the basic right of one decent meal a day. In many instances they have been neglected or abandoned by family members of our society,” she says.

The organisation was formed to address their plight. It provides 200 beneficiaries with a nutritious cooked meal delivered to their homes five days per week.

At each visit, explains Alexander, the volunteer will assess the immediate needs of the beneficiary to determine what further practical support is required, be it transport for hospital visits, pension payments or home-based care. “Very often, particularly in the case of those who are bedridden, the volunteer is the only person the beneficiary sees from the Monday to the Friday. Our volunteers frequently report how desperate the senior citizen is for company or just a listening ear.”

The organisation also has a Senior Citizen Social Club which runs three days a week for senior citizens who are physically fit enough to attend.

Alexander says the event was the fourth so far and was fairly successful, but they hope for an even better one next year.V Call Kensington-Factreton Meals on Wheels on 021 593 0303.

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