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It's that time of year when we ask people like you to give one or more elderly people the chance to attend Tafta's annual festive lunch. You'll be amazed how good this act of kindness makes you feel.

Especially when you realise how much it means to these dear old souls. Many of them are all alone in the world. Beloved partners and friends have passed on ... grown up children live on the other side of the world ... and memories of happier times are just a teardrop away.

Now – imagine how it feels to be included in one of Tafta’s Christmas lunches.

Suddenly you have plans for the holidays and something to look forward to – the chance to put on your best clothes and take your place at the festive table, with new friends to be made, lively chatter, laughter, music, dancing and a delicious meal.

Please will you give one or more of our dear elderly people this opportunity, by sponsoring their festive meal today?

Even though we can serve a traditional three-course meal with all the trimmings for just R75 per person – when you multiply that by all the old people hoping to be invited, you’ll see why we need help.

Altogether, we hope to host 1 800 elderly Durbanites at 22 lunches in and around Durban this December – eight of them on Christmas Day itself.

Your donation of R150 will pay for an elderly couple to come to the lunch. But with so many looking forward to it, hopefully you'll consider sponsoring a table of four, six or even ten – by donating R300, R450 or R750.

Any amount you can contribute towards this annual Christmas Cheer project will make a difference and be so gratefully appreciated – thank you.

Elderly people enjoying lunch

A delicious traditional Christmas lunch, the company of friends and a few hours forgetting about the loneliness of old age is the treat of the year for most of our residents. Surely that’s not too much to hope for? Please, will you help make this wish come true for eldery Durbanites.

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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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