City’s vegetables donated to local old age home

2015-06-03 11:03
Vegetables that were grown across the city in the recent months were donated by the Msunduzi Municipality to the Isabel Beardmore Old Age Home yesterday. Pictured with some of the vegetables are Woodlands ward councillor Mary Schalkwyk, Isabel Beardm

Vegetables that were grown across the city in the recent months were donated by the Msunduzi Municipality to the Isabel Beardmore Old Age Home yesterday. Pictured with some of the vegetables are Woodlands ward councillor Mary Schalkwyk, Isabel Beardm (Jonathan Burton)

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THE thriving vegetables that were planted near Northdale Hospital and in other parts of the city by Msunduzi Municipality horticulturist Mbulaleni Tshivhase are gone.

But residents who may have noticed this can rest assured that they have been harvested and donated to the ­elderly.

Isabel Beardmore Old Age Home was the first recipient of the vegetables yesterday when executive council member Jabu Ngubo handed over four boxes of vegetables to the home.

Tshivhase said he was “extremely happy and excited” to know the vegetables he planted were donated to the elderly.

“To know that people were excited to receive the vegetables gives me such joy and brings a smile to my face. We all have to do our bit for the community and giving back to those who need it is ultimately humbling. This completes me,” said Tshivhase.

Massive cauliflowers, cabbages, beetroot, carrots and spinach as well as 15 packs of bottled water were donated.

“Elderly people are always a blessing to us. When they had the energy, they always took care of us so now we need to take care of them,” said Ngubo.

This formed part of the municipality’s effort to secure food for communities in Msunduzi.

“This is a sign of saying we love you and we appreciate those who look after you,” she added.

Isabel Beardmore Old Age Home manager Gill Poliga said they were thankful for the generous donation and hope this is the start of many visits from the municipality.

“We thank the municipality and councillor Mary Schalkwyk. We appreciate their commitment and continued interest in our home and the elderly,” said Poliga.

“We are happy they [municipality] still think of the aged. We thank them for their love and their words of encouragement,” said resident Maria Cassels.

Poliga said the vegetables would provide meals for their 65 residents for the next fortnight

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