“A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future. Let us strive to enhance their capacity to support themselves for as long as possible and, when they cannot do so anymore, to care for them.” ~ Nelson Mandela in a message announcing 1999 as the United Nations International Year of Older Persons, 17 December 1998.
The Association for the Aged (Tafta) is calling on members of the public to make their 67 Mandela minutes count during July by contributing towards the care of the elderly, a cause close to Madiba’s heart.
Options for participation include Tafta’s annual Family Fun Walk on 15 July, a contribution towards Tafta’s Winter Care Kit toiletry collection drive and participation in various activities planned at Tafta residences in and around Durban on Mandela Day, 18 July 2017.
Tafta currently accommodates approximately 1 700 elderly who are of sub economic status (reliant solely on the state pension). These men and women are often in need of basic toiletries such as toothpaste, soap and adult nappies. Donations of toiletry items can be made at any of our residences, or you can bring them along to our annual Family Fun Walk event on 15 July.
“My simple appeal to people in our community is to take a moment and reflect on the possibility of a better world and know that each of you have the power to act in a way which serves humanity,” says Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam.
“As an organisation steeped in a history of service to the aged, we believe strongly in the simple call to action that is inspired by Mandela Day. Apart from it being the day set aside for us as South Africans to pay homage to the man who changed the course of our country’s history, the day presents ordinary South Africans with an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. ”
With a host of activities planned to keep kids entertained for the morning, including a jumping castle, face painting and non-permanent hairspray, the family-oriented Family Fun Walk event is a great way to notch up your 67 Mandela Minutes, together with your family and friends. Participants can choose an easy 2 km stroll at a cost of R20, or 5km at R50.
The walk on Saturday, 15 July, will commence at 8am from the Amphitheatre at Durban’s beachfront along the promenade to uShaka Marine World and back. Registration opens at 7am on the day. Save time by pre-entering online at ROAG and you could also get one of 100 Goody bags for the first 100 people who register online.
Proceeds from the walk this year will contribute towards supplementing our needy pensioner’s fund that supports caring for elders, as well as towards the Winter Care Kit drive. For more information contact Ateesha on 031 332 3721.
For those looking to participate in Mandela Day activities at one of Tafta’s residences, click here for our Wish list or call Pranisha on 031 332 3721.