women's day: 9 August

Celebrate with us as we honour
exceptional women


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Unlike the rest of us, they won’t be taking a holiday on Tuesday 9 August.

Instead, these amazing women will get to work early – knowing that the elderly souls in their care will not be able to get up out of bed without their help.

They will leave their own homes and families to come and bath, dress, feed and clean up after someone else. Sometimes, they’ll be be rewarded with heartfelt gratitude and a beautiful smile. But often they’ll be treated with suspicion and even hostility by an Alzheimer’s sufferer who does not remember ever having seen them before – and who will forget their gentle hands, cheery smiles and words of encouragement the moment they leave the room.

It’s not easy caring for someone who’s bedridden as a result of a stroke ... who is incontinent, or has leg ulcers that need to be cleaned and dressed. But these very special women will do it anyway.

Your special Women’s Day gift – made online now – will ensure that Tafta can continue to provide vital services like Home Based Care.

And when you make plans for the holiday, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that part of you is walking alongside one of our care workers ... bringing comfort and care to an elderly man or woman who can no longer care for themself.

Thank you for supporting a very special woman in honour of Women’s Day.

Women's Day

With Women's Day just around the corner, why not share your story about a woman who's inspired you? It could be a family member, your teacher or someone from your church or community who you admire for their success in overcoming difficulties or for their contribution to making this a better world.

Share your photos and stories on our Facebook page, or email info@tafta.org.za and we'll publish the best on our website and social media.

Click here to read about some of the dynamic women we've met at our Tafta residences and lifestyle centres.

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About us

The Association for the Aged is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 002093) dedicated to the alleviation of distress and the promotion of the welfare of aged persons living in the Durban area.

Any person who is over 60 and in need of help – or any person who knows of an elderly person in need of help – should contact us. TAFTA cares.

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