Seniors visit the ‘Wild West’

2018-07-17 06:01
Pastor Terence BrinkPHOTOS: aishah cassiem

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It was a cowboys and crooks affair at Bridgeville Primary School in Silvertown on Tuesday morning as more than 100 seniors gathered with their Western- themed outfits.

The event hosted by the New Destiny Christian Church in Kiewet Road, aimed to pay respect to elderly residents from Athlone and surrounding communities­.

Opening the event on the day, Pastor Terence Brink, the leader of local church, swopped his Sunday robes for a fully-themed cowboy look, including a toy gun, and warned guests to get ready for a morning of fun and excitement.

The special guests, including wheelchair-bound seniors, were served with traditional Western meals and desserts, and could not hold back their dance moves to the sounds of several country and western artists.

The teaching of line dancing, the building of the biggest burgers and several other games and competitions formed part of the day’s formalities.

“This exciting event was hosted in honour of our seniors in the community and for those attending our church.

“It was all about putting a smile on their faces, especially with life being so stressful for them and having to deal with children who are on drugs,” explains Joslyn Staal, a representative from the church.

“Most of these children harass their grandparents daily. With this in mind, we thought why not give them a break, and let them come here to rewind, relax and enjoy the occasion, as they deserve it.

“We are thankful to all who assisted in making the event a success.”

The community church hosts several events throughout the year in honour of members of their congregation and those in the community, and is fully funded by members of the church and the public’s donations.

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