LAST Thursday marked one of the greatest days for House of Happiness Old Age Centre members when Old Mutual visited to oversee expenditure of part of the R15 000 the company has donated to the organisation.
Representing Old Mutual were two staff members, Nomakhuze Njovane and Nomthandazo Myoli.
Boninwe Hendele, the founder of the House of Happiness, told TotT she had applied to Old Mutual for assistance with a number of things, and some were approved as the first priorities.
Hendele explained that in response to the approved items Old Mutual had given the organisation a R15 000 budget for the year which must be used under Old Mutual’s instructions.
“We are instructed to use this R15 000 for the entire year on a quarterly basis,” said Hendele. To monitor the expenditure Old Mutual requested report in each quarter.
“I will write a report which explains how we used the money and on what items and submit it to Old Mutual after every quarter” said Hendele. For this quarter she was told to buy 30 chairs, 10 mattresses and a laptop.
According to Hendele, House of Happiness feeds 60 people. About 25 people were present during the handover by Old Mutual, but Hendile explained that some of them were home-bound due to their inability to walk.
She further added that they generally only assist people aged 60 and above, but are lenient to people aged 58 and 59 provided that their background shows a great need.
“Those who cannot walk, we serve them at home,” she said. They offer them three meals a day.
Hendele and her chairperson Zola Saul extended words of appreciation to Old Mutual. “We are very thankful to Old Mutual staff and pass our gratitude to your boss as well,” said Saul.