Birthday benefits seniors

Father Charles Blows, left, chairman of the board at the Kensington Old Age Home, tries to get a taste from the trifles that were served to seniors at the special lunch provided by the Bester family (from left) Vicky Jacobs, Chante Neethling, Selena Neethling and Kristen-Leigh Bester.          PHOTO: gary van dyk
Father Charles Blows, left, chairman of the board at the Kensington Old Age Home, tries to get a taste from the trifles that were served to seniors at the special lunch provided by the Bester family (from left) Vicky Jacobs, Chante Neethling, Selena Neethling and Kristen-Leigh Bester. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Celebrating a birthday in any family is always special but in the Bester family in Kensington they’ve started a tradition that shows their care for seniors.

On Saturday 13 August there was a buzz at the Kensington Old Age Home in Avro Avenue as braai smoke wafted in the air and the residents were tucking into a tasty lunch from the grill.

Birthday girl Nicolette Bester, who celebrates her birthday on 27 April, says that the tradition started in 2011 when she wanted her birthday to be a celebration of honouring the elderly in the community.

“I felt that I wanted to do something different,” she says.

“With the approval of my husband, Warren, we decided that instead of giving a party for family and friends we would do something special at the old age home.

“Since then it is what we do every year with everybody donating to the event instead if giving presents.

“This year we also donated some new curtains to the facility.”

While Nicolette does not live in the area anymore her mother is still there and she feels that she wants to give back to the community where she grew up.

“We must never forget where we came from and the part many of these elders played in our lives,” she says.

“It’s also not just about treating the elders but it also teaches the younger generation about the importance of not just receiving but also giving and caring for your community.

“We encourage them to see the advantages of volunteering and how the seniors enjoy their visit and the way that they feel special on the day.

“The happiness, joy and appreciation on their faces is our reward.”

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