Senior citizens need love

2018-12-18 06:01
The team of Beauty Behind Bars with some of the seniors at The Haven Old Age Home in Woodstock on Saturday 15 December. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

The team of Beauty Behind Bars with some of the seniors at The Haven Old Age Home in Woodstock on Saturday 15 December. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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A local non-profit organisation ensured the residents of a Woodstock home for the aged got a lot of love on Saturday 15 December­.

Beauty Behind Bars, in collaboration with other non-profit partners, held a Christmas party for the seniors at The Haven Old Age Home and showered them with love, food and gifts.

“The elderly need love, and when they have sicknesses like high blood pressure, we need to be there to help them.

“Some don’t get these opportunities and it is our role to make them happy so that they have a sense of belonging,” says Lulama Nyongwana, a Beauty Behind Bars team member.

The early Christmas pampering of the seniors is an annual event.

“Every year we host a Christmas party for them. We come here every year to make sure when we celebrate with our families, they are not forgotten. We give them gifts so that they can remember us,” says another team member, Ashanti Biyoko.

According to its website, Beauty Behind Bars strives to celebrate the beauty of those living in adverse situations behind bars and its vision is to give hope, encouragement and love to women in prisons, old age homes, rehabs, mental hospitals, shelters, and HIV and TB centres.

The founder, Cleo Jacobs, had a dream to visit women who are facing adverse challenges, neglected and rejected by society, and the organisation was thus born in September 2016.

Men were also among the recipients at the Christmas party on Saturday and a 74-year-old male resident who asked not to be named thanked the organisations for their kindness and love.

The home’s sister in charge, Aletta Witbooi, praised the organisations for making a difference in the elderly residents’ lives.

“You have beautiful hearts because you are not related to them, you don’t know them, but you know how to make a difference in somebody else’s life during this time of the year. I appreciate that.”

Resident Nombulelo Sangqu says: “We feel good when these children are here, we eat sweets and even dance. I wish they can come everyday.”

Muizenberg resident, Cheryl Harper of the company We Can Change Our World, works closely with Beauty Behind Bars and was a partner at the event.

“They are a wonderful organisation and we try and get support and sponsorship for them,” she says.

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