Tafta residences were once again blessed by the outpouring of love and support from the Durban community, who enabled us to host three-course festive meals for a total of 1 800 elders at 22 Tafta residences, clubs and wellness centres in and around Durban.
Festive cheer rang out in all of the dining halls as old friends got together to enjoy their meal – prepared by Tafta’s own Cook ‘n Care catering facility – as well as sponsored entertainment and even a spot of dancing at most venues.
The pièce de résistance, to end off the 2017 year, was the kind and generous sponsorship of hand-crafted patisserie cakes from Chateau Gateaux to ring in the New Year at all Tafta residences.
“Chateau Gateaux were delighted to spread some love by sponsoring desserts over the festive season and look forward to another year working with the Tafta family in 2018,” said Marketing manager, Anna Kelly.
“The generous support we receive from the Durban community each year is truly astounding,” said Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam.
“Most of our aged would never be able to afford a meal like the one provided. Apart from the cost, the logistics involved of purchasing groceries, and cooking the meal makes this tradition a real challenge, especially for those who are frail or ill.”
“Many don’t have family nearby, or have no family with whom to share a Christmas meal, so turning our homes into places of warmth, filled with festive cheer, is really important for us at this time of year.”
Ms. Ethny Zweers (78) has spent most of her Christmases at Tafta since becoming a Tafta resident in 2010.
“I haven’t much close family left in Durban and I’m the last surviving sibling, so I’m quite accustomed to spending my Christmases here with friends. It means the world to me to have the opportunity to come together with others for the Christmas meal –it’s always such a nice event. It may not be family, but it is as close as can be and we really do appreciate the effort made.”
Apart from festive meals, Tafta residents were also the recipients of Cheerboxes from various Durban corporates and foundations such as the Masonic Services, who once again blessed the elders at John Dunn House, John Conradie House, Langeler Towers, Tafta Lodge and St. Martin’s Village with hampers for the festive season.
Zweers, a recent recipient of a Christmas Cheer box from the Robin Hood Foundation who visited the Tafta home this Christmas, said she was amazed at how kind-hearted people are. “I received such an amazing gift from them – far more than I ever anticipated and it really does make one feel so grateful that there are people who want to reach out to others at this time.”
So, from the Tafta family to yours, thank you for making Christmas 2017 a special occasion in our homes. We hope your Christmas was equally special and that the year ahead even more so!