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R22.90 for a nutritious 3-course meal – delivered to your door!

Sounds unbelievable, doesn't it? But that's what frail and poverty stricken seniors pay for their Meals on Wheels.

Even so, not all of them can afford to pay. Some give us R1 or R2 or R5. Others can't pay a cent towards their meals. But we feed them anyway. How can we let an elderly person go hungry?

That's why support from caring people like you is so vital. Your donations help fill the gap between the cost of delivering meals to elderly people like Mrs Viljoen* – and what they can manage to pay.

At 92 years old, and having recently lost her daughter with whom she shared a flat, Mrs Viljoen showed signs of malnourishment when we met her. She had mislaid her ID, bank cards and pension documents ... and was totally dependent on the kindness of neighbours. She had no money for food and would go hungry for days rather than ask for help.

Our social worker immediately arranged to have fresh hot meals delivered to her. The old lady was completely overwhelmed.

Because all too often there is no one to care for the aged. Except TAFTA ... and kind people like you, who can empathise with the feelings of embarrassment and pride older people use to mask the suffering and fear beneath.

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘old age is not for sissies’. But when inflation has eaten away all your savings and you literally don’t know where your next meal is coming from, old age is nothing short of terrifying.

Your donation of R640 will provide Meals on Wheels for a needy senior for a whole month. R160 buys meals for a week and R320 buys meals for a couple for one week. Any amount you can spare will make a difference and be so gratefully received. You can also choose to give monthly and ‘your’ meals will be delivered all year round. What a comfort that would be to an elderly person in distress!

So please, will you support Meals on Wheels today?

* Name changed to protect identity

The Association for the Aged

Different look – same commitment to caring for durban's aged

You may have noticed that TAFTA has a brand new look. We've moved away from the traditional royal blue colour and logo (above) which you know so well. Because it simply doesn’t feel like us anymore. Which is hardly surprising when you think that it was created so long ago!

Since we began our journey back in 1958, TAFTA has evolved into something quite different. We’ve stepped away from a ‘welfare organisation’ to become a vibrant, modern leader in the field of elder care, continually developing and implementing new and better solutions to ensure that Durban seniors enjoy their golden years.

Our new logo, with its warm, joyful and optimistic colour scheme, reflects this! Look out for it on our stationery, our buildings and our vehicles.

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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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The Association for the Aged

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