28Sep, 2018

What a year it has been

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As Tafta’s 60th Anniversary year draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the highlights.

The year kicked off with a series of flag hoisting and cake cutting ceremonies at each of our residences, during which we paid tribute to the elders we serve – after all, they are the reason for our existence!

Grateful thanks to Chateau Gateaux, who donated all the delicious cakes.

Golf Day
Our annual golf day took place on 10 May and was well attended by local corporates, with executives and staff taking time out of their busy schedules to come and help raise funds for Tafta.

Congratulations to the winning team from Nedbank (Paul Haselau, Andrew Liebenberg, John Vasey and Mark Cousins). Second place went to East Coast Radio (Robbie Frylinck, Nathan Govender, Craig Starling and Ryan Tully), while third place was won by Bridge Fund Managers (Lyall McNeil, John Swain, Colin Linnett and Michael Nolden).

Women in Business Breakfast
About 55 influential businesswomen gathered at Langeler Towers on 20 June for a networking breakfast, hosted by Tafta. Nirupa Kasserchun (Tafta’s Fundraising Manager) presented on Inspiring Active Ageing through Healthy Nutrition. It’s a subject close to our hearts, with many Tafta programmes and services dedicated to encouraging elders to prolong health and wellness through diet and exercise.

Taking a stand against elder abuse
According to the World Health Organisation, more than one in 10 older adults experience some type of abuse – but fewer than half of these cases are reported. Elder abuse has been described as a ‘silent epidemic’; victims are afraid to speak up for fear of reprisal by the perpetrators, who are often primary carers or even family members.

Tafta is committed to advocating for the rights of elders, and works with the Departments of Health and Social Development to promote training initiatives and awarenesses aimed at helping social workers and community members detect and respond appropriately to possible cases of abuse.

Something to treasure
Our 60th anniversary coffee table book, Tafta: Celebrating 60 Years, is a wonderful pictorial history of Tafta, the people who contributed to its establishment and growth, and the men and women who’ve served the organisation over the past six decades. To order this keepsake, please contact Ateesha Rampersad on (031) 332-3721 or ateesha@tafta.org.za.