Pictured above: retiring Meals on Wheels volunteer, Anne Foxcroft, receives her certificate of recognition from Yoshina Kistensamy, Tafta Central Area Manager.
Anne Foxcroft has been serving the community as a Tafta Meals on Wheels volunteer, or ‘Hopper’ as they are called, for 25 years! Her contribution was acknowledged at a presentation at the Mary Asher Centre at Tafta Kings Hall last week.
Anne spoke about her journey with us, and the qualities needed to be a good hopper. “Participating in this programme requires loyalty, respect for the elderly, patience and ultimate joy in serving the elderly,” she said.
Now in her early 70s, Anne appealed for the youth to join the programme. She says that her own and many others’ experiences have rewarded them with incredible relationships with the elders they serve. However, most of our current volunteers are reaching the end of their service life on the programme due to age.
“Tafta is in need of new volunteers to join the Meals on Wheels programme to carry it through,” she said. “If you are fit and healthy, and have three hours a week to spare, please help us in delivering meals to the community.”
The Meals on Wheels programme provides 5000 nutritious midday meals monthly to elderly people who are housebound or who are no longer able to cook for themselves. These ready-to-eat meals, which are conveniently delivered to their door, provide them with the essential nourishment they need, enabling them to continue to live in their own homes as independent members of the community.
Tafta desperately needs to recruit younger volunteer hoppers, able to take over the mantle of service from our current volunteers. To find out more, please contact email@example.com.