Whilst cleaning out some store rooms at the Aalwynhof Home for the Aged recently, one of the governing body members came across some disused wheelchairs and crutches. As the equipment is not being used by Aalwynhof, the governing board decided to reach out into the community and donate it to the Masakhane Clinic in Lotusville. The five wheelchairs, including one which is fully reclining, and two pairs of crutches, are all in very good condition. Diane Nel, chairperson of the board, contacted Dr Olive Muller, the clinic’s doctor, and the clinic management, and they were all very excited to be offered the equipment as the Home’s Women’s Month outreach.
Diane Nel, Willemien Caricato, and Christa van Rensburg represented the Aalwynhof governors at a small ceremony last Friday, and Sr Yulindi Lewies, Operational Manager, accepted them on behalf of Masakhane Clinic. Dr Muller, who is once again the Aalwynhof governors’ “Woman of the Year”, was unfortunately unable to be present for the ceremony.
The clinic serves over 16 000 patients every month, from all sections of the Aberdeen community as well as staff from the farms in the area. For elderly and frail patients, just physically getting to the clinic can be a challenge, and some say they are charged as much as R40 for a lift in a car or taxi. The clinic management plans to give a wheelchair to one or two of the most deserving cases, and the remainder will be stored at the clinic, to be available to transport those unable to walk to the clinic for their appointments.
This small gesture from the Aalwynhof board will certainly make life a little easier for some of the most vulnerable and needy.