Seniors celebrate spring day

2019-09-10 06:00
Seniors from different clubs gathered at Silvertown for the inaugural spring awareness day.PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Seniors from different clubs gathered at Silvertown for the inaugural spring awareness day.PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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Seniors, mostly women, from various senior clubs gathered at Silvertown Baptist Church for the inaugural spring awareness day for seniors on Thursday 5 September.

The event was organised by several chairpersons of different senior clubs, with the Heideveld Senior Forum of ward 44 at the forefront.

Another club that helped with the event preparations was Vukani Seniors Club from Thambo Village.

The forum serves as a go-to for seniors clubs when they have issues. It hosts awareness activities for seniors and also assists them by making referrals if they need professional help.

According to Sharon Lang, who is one of the organisers, the event specifically sought to cater for ward 44 seniors.

Lang said it also wished to allow seniors an opportunity to network and build strong unity among them.

She said women, especially seniors, are going through a lot and need to sometimes come together to debrief.

“We needed to do this (event) for our seniors. Our message and plea are ‘stop abusing women. Look out for seniors in the communities’,” she said.

She thanked the church for opening its doors to them and also thanked ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams for supporting the event. She said the event was also about making seniors aware of individuals who are doing work in their community.

Two such individuals are Jasomina Solomons and Whilhelmina Davids.

They are members of the Heideveld neighbourhood watch. Their primary responsibility is to supervise children in the morning when they are going to school.

They assist them when they cross the road. They also assist seniors when they go to the clinics. At the event, they addressed the seniors and shared with them their daily challenges. Some of the challenges include drivers not obeying the rules of the road and also children who sometimes do not want to go to school.

“We have to always encourage them by telling them that education is the key to success,” said Davids.

Solomons added they sometimes deal with children whose parents cannot afford food. Those children end up going to school with no lunch boxes or pocket money, she said. They have to encourage them to look beyond their circumstances. “At least there is a feeding scheme,” she said.

Also invited were nurses who were able to perform voluntary general health checks on attendees.

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