Senior citizens get a day off

2018-04-24 06:01
Senior citizens enjoyed a much-needed break at the Eastridge Community Hall.

Senior citizens enjoyed a much-needed break at the Eastridge Community Hall.

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Around 75 seniors from ward 79 were treated to a luncheon at the Eastridge Community Centre recently.

Organiser, ward councillor Solomon Philander hosted the initiative to help the seniors relax.

He also took the opportunity to inform them on means that could help their pensions stretch further.

“Seniors are often the sole providers in the house holds and often their pensions are not enought to cover everything they need. I informed them about applying for an indigent grant that could at least cover some of the needs in the household,” he says.

The event was held on Wednesday 11 April and it was followed by an event for Beacon Valley seniors.

“It was funded by ward allocation and the seniors were identified by a community worker, who I mandated to look for people who fit the description,” he says.

Safeline Child Abuse Centre also facilitated a short workshop on self reflection which allowed the seniors to reflect on what they have contributed to their families and the community amid all the challenges. The day was focused on giving the elderly residents a short break from their responsibilities.

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