Elderly cheered up by Christmas gifts, song and dance

The energy portrayed by elderly people dancing and singing at the House of Happiness day care in Ndlovini township last Thursday showed them to still be young at heart.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: The House of Happiness end-of-year event was themed ‘Celebrating Elder Humans Right Championship’ and took place last Thursday in Ndlovini. The event included activities like traditional songs, dances and Christmas gifts for the elderly handed out by Talk of the Town Picture: MAUNEEN CHARTER

The end-of-year event themed “Celebrating Elder Humans Right Championship” was full of activities which cheered up the grannies and grandpas.

Among those attending were social workers, Ward 7 councillor Mbuyiseli Yali, Ward 6 councillor Mkhulisi Raco and Talk of the Town staffers who handed over Christmas gifts.

After the event was opened with a short prayer, it was clear that the old grannies did not need a sound system for music as each speaker on the podium was welcomed with a song.

After Ward 7 Councillor Yali had done the welcoming TotT was greeted by traditional songs and dances. Grannies chanted and danced in the house before receiving their gifts.

There were enough Christmas gifts for all the House of Happiness beneficiaries, and other gifts were reserved for two grannies who House of Happiness founder Boniuue Hendele said were 100 years old and could not make it to the function. The gifts will be taken to their homes.

One of the grannies, Daniswa Konza, gave a brief speech of how the year 2018 was to them as beneficiaries.

Khoza mentioned that they were playing traditional games and decorated with a number of medals in those games. She further stated that they had travelled to places and gave credit to Hendele.

The group Amagqiyazana from New Rest were inspired by the grannies’ energy and performed traditional songs.

Hendele informed attendees about the daily programme at House of Happiness, explained that they go beyond nutritional feeding. She said the programme covered home based care, pre-counselling, recreation and artistic creation.

Representing Social Development, Sandiswa Mlamla advised the audience on how they could prevent crime at their homes and from neighbours as well.

Individuals’ efforts throughout the year were also recognised according to their categories. Some of the certificates distributed to beneficiaries included excellent record of attendance, board member of the year, neatness, and art creation of the year.

The event ended on a high note with traditional refreshments including sweet potatoes, samp, offal, boiled potatoes and ginger beer.

Hendele extended sincere appreciations to all stakeholders involved.

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