Taking action to reach elderly

2016-06-21 06:00
Sabelo Mzanywa (area commissioner for the Department of Correctional Services in Malmesbury) with Shirley Paulse (founder of Women Taking Action from Tokai) at their community outreach programme in Dunoon where they handed over pillows.

Sabelo Mzanywa (area commissioner for the Department of Correctional Services in Malmesbury) with Shirley Paulse (founder of Women Taking Action from Tokai) at their community outreach programme in Dunoon where they handed over pillows.

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Women Taking Action, a non-profit organisation from Tokai, held a community outreach event for the elderly in Dunoon on Sunday 12 June.

The event was held in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services in Malmesbury. It was also attended by Zoe Kota Fredericks, the national deputy minister for human settlements.

Founder and chairperson Shirly Paulse arranged for the organisation to hold an event for 65 seniors from the Laphum’ilanga Senior Centre.

However, there were more people than they anticipated.

More than 100 elderly attended, and fortunately the organisers were able to provide everyone present with goodies to take home.

“As Women Taking Action we want to make a difference in other people’s lives. This is just the beginning. We will be going round and helping those that need our help the most. There is a lot of suffering in our communities and little by little we will touch their lives and make a difference,” says Paulse.

Senior citizens attending the event were given food before the organisation distributed pillows, blankets, goody boxes, toiletries and scarves.

Scarves were hand-knitted by the members of the organisation. The correctional services department donated 12 wheelchairs to the disabled at the event.

Sabelo Mzanywa, the correctional services commissioner, brought a band to play for the elderly.

“They were a huge hit with the crowd who sang along and danced to the band’s music. We are really glad that the elderly enjoyed the music,” says Paulse.

Paulse went on to say that they were very grateful to the correctional services department who took their vision and ran with them.

“It wasn’t easy. We knocked on different doors but people didn’t really understand what we wanted to do. We are so grateful to Sabelo, who is the area commissioner of Malmesbury, who listened to us and took the chance.

“Now we can happily say things are really working well through this partnership. We hope we will be visiting more areas soon. There is a lot of need out there and we will be doing whatever we can to help.”

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