Saturday, 14 May 2016, we decided to pay a visit to two TAFTA homes (the John Dunne house in Wentworth and Kingdom Hall in town) and Salvation Army’s Montpilier retirement Home. With mother’s day having happened the week before we wanted to celebrate some of the mothers of Durban whose family could not visit them last week for whatever reason. We have such treasures in our aged community in terms of their wisdom and understanding of life and we wanted to show them we value them.
The team met up at 113 Florida Rd from 8am to make up 100 posies of flowers for the ladies at John Dunne House and Salvation Army. The ladies at Kingdom Hall received gifts from Milady’s, which were very kindly sponsored. The 40 volunteers were split into 3 teams which went to the three different venues.
At Salvation Army we were welcomed by 40 elderly people who were keen for conversation and a tasty treat. It was great to have the opportunity to go into their rooms and see their facilities. We hope to be able to help them more in the future.
When our team arrived at TAFTA Central there were 45 ladies all eagerly awaiting our arrival and welcomed us with a warm round of applause.
We handed out the gifts and cake, chatted and laughed over a cuppa tea. New bonds and friendships were made as we swapped stories and got to know one another.
Our time flew by, and before we knew it, it was time to leave.
The volunteers received many warm hugs and words of appreciation as the ladies left carrying their gifts.
Many of the volunteers were so deeply moved by the experience that they decided that they wanted to return in the not too distant future and are looking at a number of options of how they can get involved.
Thank you to our organisers Sarah Geddie and Sandie Rogerson, we really appreciate you.