The Board of Aalwynhof Home for the Aged organised a wonderful Valentines’ Day Tea last week as a fundraiser for the home. Tickets were sold at to local supporters, many of whom dressed for the occasion in striking red and white outfits.
For the benefit of the home’s residents as well as the guests, the patio was arranged with comfy seating. Guests were welcomed with a cold drink in either white or red in wineglasses.
After the official welcome, the idea originally was to get one of the residents to tell her own special love story – but this had to be vetoed as it was too passionate!
Zenda Delpoort then read a most beautiful love poem written by Breyten Breytenbach, Allerliefste, Ek Stuur Vir Jou N Rooiborsduif, which was very moving. Hostess Diane Nel explained that it had been voted as the most popular Afrikaans love poem in a recent poll.
Guests were served with delicious eats, tea and coffee – timed to beat the loadshedding at 11:00.
Finally a hilarious short story by Dana Snyman was read by Nel. “As so many of the residents used to love reading, but are now unable to read any more, this was a special treat for them, and the members of the audience were in stitches” said Nel.
The board and management of the home would like to thank all of those who helped to make the morning such a success.