Seniors receive meal, blankets

2017-12-12 06:01
Some of the seniors from Tafelsig who were given blankets and a meal recently.

Some of the seniors from Tafelsig who were given blankets and a meal recently.

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In celebration of the elderly, a legal company has given back to make a lasting ­impact.

ENSafrica held an event as part of its corporate social investment (CSI) on Wednesday 29 November in the Freedom Park community hall in Tafelsig.

The company’s initiative is called the ­Gogo Project and included two informative presentations by ENSafrica practitioners.

A hundred blankets that were donated thanks to ENSafrica staff who contributed to buying them were handed out, followed by lunch.

“It is indeed a great honour for us to celebrate the elderly who form the pillars of our communities,” says Natasha Wagiet of ENS­africa.

This is the first time the Gogo Project has held an event in Mitchell’s Plain, with the same initiative being run in Johannesburg.

“As part of our CSI, ENSafrica identifies initiatives where the entire firm can make a difference by making a donation. This year, the firm wanted to honour the elderly in our communities by giving 100 of these important members of our society a warm blanket and to share a meal with them,” she says.

“The Gogo Project is held in two areas, namely Mitchell’s Plain in the Western Cape and Alexandra in Gauteng. In Mitchell’s Plain, we selected Tafelsig as our area of focus and collaborated with Joanie Fredericks, one of the graduates of the ENSafrica constitutional law and human rights course, to identify 100 elderly community members of Tafelsig.”

The blanket handover was accompanied by a presentation by Wagiet, a pro-bono coordinator of ENSafrica, on the company’s pro-bono programme, as well as the importance of having a valid will.

Jarred van der Westhuizen, a candidate attorney of ENSafrica, gave a presentation on the importance of dignity for the marginalised and the elderly in South Africa.

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