On 27 June 2018, we hosted our annual lunch for 250 dedicated Tafta volunteers at the Anna Conradie Wellness Centre at Tafta Lodge. The theme was “Going back to the Sixties”, in honour of Tafta’s 60th anniversary celebrations this year.
Speaking at the lunch, CEO Femada Shamam said that it was one of Tafta’s most important events on the calendar, as it recognises the spirit of humanity, kindness and respect shown to Tafta elders by this special group of people.
“We’ve been hosting the volunteer thanksgiving event for many years now. As the world becomes a busier place, we realise the effort it takes for many of these amazing people to come forward and donate their time and service in aid of our elders”.
A huge thank you to you all!
This year, the event was also used as the platform to launch our call to action to the Durban community to be part of Tata’s Mandela Month activities. Femada appealed for volunteers to come and share their skills to enable elders to live more enriched lives.
“We know the young and upwardly mobile don’t necessarily have a lot of time to give,” she said. “But we’re willing to work around their availability. As an example, if a young project manager has just two hours a week to give us that would be fantastic way to help get a few projects we’re looking to launch off the ground with their expert skills.”
UKZN Mechanical engineering student Aaron Kisten of Isipingo, who is on a gap year from his studies, is currently volunteering in our media centres to help our elders with computer literacy: “When the idea was brought up, I actually was a bit apprehensive as I thought it was going to be quite a task, but once I got going, it’s been anything but that. It’s really an absolute joy to work with the elders; they’re smart, and they catch on extremely fast, I’d recommend volunteering to anyone,” said Kisten.
If you would like to share or impart your special skill as part of your Mandela Day service, contact Pranisha Behari on 031 332 3721 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.