Seniors’ club celebrates 20 years

2019-07-23 06:25
Seniors from Retreat and surrounds celebrated 20 years of the Maranatha Coffee Morning Seniors’ club last Tuesday.

Seniors from Retreat and surrounds celebrated 20 years of the Maranatha Coffee Morning Seniors’ club last Tuesday.

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Three members of one family have been working together for 20 years to keep seniors in the Retreat and surrounding areas fit and active as they age.

According to Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation project manager, Kyle Cupido, on Tuesday 16 July, Maranatha Coffee Morning Seniors celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Maranatha Church in Retreat.

“There were 15 different senior groups in attendance from surrounding areas, with lots of activities which included song and dance as well as encouragements. A hot meal was served for each person, plus tea and cake to end proceedings,” he said.

Elder Basson, one of the members who heads up the club, explained why it was started 20 years ago by his relative, Trudy Basson. “The main reason why Trudy started it was to get seniors from nearby areas together to keep them busy and active so that they can age well, and also for them to live a fruitful life in their old age,” he explained.

Trudy launched the club, Coffee Morning Seniors, at the Maranatha Morning Star Pentecostal Church in 6th Avenue in Retreat, in 1999.

For the past eight years Elder’s wife, Kathy, has also been working with the seniors on another arm of the club called Maranatha Coffee Morning Social Development, after Trudy handed the club over to the duo.

Currently, the club has about 40 members who meet at the church to take part in several physical and intellectual activities.

Elder explained: “We are church-based so we do Bible study and sing songs, and we are also very active in sport. Now we even have our 60-year-old ladies who play soccer. We started our soccer group last year and we also do some running and we take them to a gym where they can train and we play some games like Scrabble with them.”

They encourage more seniors to join them to also keep fighting fit. “If anyone older than 60 years in surrounding areas would like to join the seniors, they are welcome to join at the church on Tuesday mornings or contact Elder,” said Cupido.

“They do various activities which include a senior sports group; excursions to the various gardens and Hout Bay; trips on the red sightseeing bus in town and many other places,” he concluded.

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