CPUT students to help pensioners

Tasked with a project to identify an institution that is in desperate need of funding, Cape Peninsula University of Technology students chose to help an old age home in Lavender Hill.

This after they attended the Professional Secretariat Learning Programme.

Yasien Ryklief, spokesperson for the project, says the students identified the Village Aged Care Centre Old Age Home as their beneficiary.

“Upon speaking to the facility manager it was determined that the facility receives no government funding and that its main source of income is the rent that the residents pay,” he says.

Ryklief says these aged residents pay R1000 to the facility monthly from their pension grants that they receive.

“The facility provides the residents with all their needs to the best of their ability with the limited resources. Requirements such as adult nappies and toiletries unfortunately need to be paid for by the residents with the R400 they have left from their pensions,” he says.

Currently the home provides for 24 residents between the ages of 50 and 90 with specific needs and has about 12 staff members.

Ryklief says his class has created a “caring is sharing” initiative to gather donations for the home.

Donations may include cash, toiletries, cleaning detergents, non-perishable items, vegetables, bedding, towelling and books, he says.

“The funds and donated items will be given to the facility and assist us in achieving our goal of ensuring that we make a difference in the lives of all the residents and staff at the Village Aged Care Centre Old Age Home,” he says.

The donations will be handed over event at the old age home tomorrow.

The students will spend the day at the home where they will give the place a makeover by painting and cleaning and possibly planting a food garden. They will also be spending quality time with the residents as well as the staff at the institution.

“We hope that through the assistance of donations, we can create an environment for these residents that would be comfortable enough to call home,” he says. V For more information contact Ryklief on 072 464 2550 or Meghan Cupido on 082 906 5647.

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