Community launches old aged service centre

Frieda Paton

The Pilgrim’s Rest Old Aged Service Centre was launched at a function on January 23rd. The Centre is a voluntary, non-political project initiated entirely by community members.

Most of the aged in the community spend the majority of their time sitting around at home and looking after their grandchildren.  Now they will have an opportunity, twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, to meet at the centre to socialise with their peers. There will be various activities, directed voluntarily by Nozika Mbhalate. This will include exercises, ball sports, gardening and handicrafts such as crochet, knitting, and beading.

The main founder of the project is Sarah Kock – it was her brainchild and she drove it to fruition. The Centre is being steered by a committee with Lawrence Mashigo as the Chairperson, and Ali Mogane as his Deputy.  Erika Mashilo is the secretary, deputised by Kate Morokong and Zenzile Sehlabela is the Treasurer.

The launch function took place in the Pilgrim’s Rest Primary School hall with a number of speakers addressing the older members of the community, encouraging to them make use of the facility and to look after their health.

Kock indicated that the Centre was in need of equipment and would appreciate donations. They still need a stove, basic cooking utensils, and a refrigerator. Gifts of sports equipment, such as balls, and materials for handcraft like wool and fabric offcuts would also be most welcome. Mashigo, the Chairman, can be contacted on 082 639 2025.

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