The winners of our residents’ story telling competition were announced in November. We were surprised to receive so many entries, each one so very different from the next. The idea of a competition came to Margie Smith, our CEO, after she had been chatting with a couple about their wedding anniversary and their life together.
She realised that we often don’t take the time to appreciate the wealth of experience of older people.
It was decided there and then that we would give our residents and service centre members a chance to tell their story and so the competition was born. The winning story was written by Hazel Naicker from TAFTA Lodge.
She wrote about her wonderfully hilarious and memorable childhood, ending her story with these words “One needs to stop and smell the roses”, and that’s excellent advice for us all. One of the judge’s comments: “I could experience the journeys you were travelling; I could taste the times you were living through but most importantly I could visually touch every moment.”
The second prize winner was Emily Le Court De Billot. She wrote a beautiful story about her love for a pet leopard. Her words so aptly described her love for this animal as she described in heart-rending words the decisions she had to make in the best interest of the majestic cat. The third prize was won by Ben Staperma who wrote about his disability and some of his challenges. The story was written as an inspiring piece with no bitterness or self-pity. His life was what it was and he was going to make the most of every opportunity.