Seniors in for a treat

2018-12-18 06:00
Regina “Aunty Anne” Davids and project partner Roshanda Philander at the Christmas lunch on Saturday 15 December. PHOTO: Luvuyo mjekula

Regina “Aunty Anne” Davids and project partner Roshanda Philander at the Christmas lunch on Saturday 15 December. PHOTO: Luvuyo mjekula

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“I can’t make the whole world smile, but at least I can make a few old people smile.”

These were the words of Regina “Aunty Anne” Davids (67), a resident of Maitland.

She hosted about 100 senior residents at her home in Hely Street for lunch on Saturday 15 December.

This marked the fifth year that Aunty Anne has been hosting the Christmas lunch.

She started with 50 people and the event has grown since.

Aunty Anne says most of the people are residents of Garden Village Old Age Home while others hail from areas including Kensington, Mitchell’s Plain and her neighbourhood in Maitland.

Working in partnership with Roshanda Philander, a neighbour and friend, they prepare food for the senior residents, mostly women.

They also offer them the opportunity to interact and enjoy one another’s company.

Aunty Anne’s family also lends a hand, with her daughter taking care of decorating the house for the event.

Asked why she runs the project, Aunty Anne gets emotional.

“My mother passed away when I was two years old. I did not know my mother, I don’t know my grandmother and great-grandmother, and that is why I feel I must do this because I do not have a mother or grandmother to spoil,” she says.

She says this is the real reason she started the project.

However, she says, Christmas is a time for sharing and giving, and the lunch is her way of sharing.

Philander, from Maitland, had been running a similar project and she and Aunty Anne decided to combine their projects and so far they have been successful, although they could use more sponsorship.

“My heart always goes out to the elderly,” says Philander.

The seniors were in for various treats other than food and prayer.

Cape Town opera singer, Christine Bam from Kuils River, performed classical songs for them.

She says the Christmas spirit shaped her choice of songs – “O Holy Night” and “Ave Maria”.

She adds that it is important to give back.

“Our talents are God-given and one must make sure to give back where they come from.”

The seniors were grateful to the women for their efforts.

One of only a few men at the event, Thornton resident Gerald Adams, was happy to be invited and to get to meet new people.

Sidney Naidoo from Garden Village said: “I feel just as good as the weather.

“[Aunty Anne] is the best in the world.”V For more information or to make a donation, call Regina Davids on 076 783 3929.

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