The Control Board of Aalwynhof Home for the Aged organised a special morning tea for Women’s Day last week, as a combined fundraiser and social occasion for some the residents.
The tea started off with the staff of Aalwynhof, some of whom wore traditional dress, winding their way through the tables, while singing Xhosa songs. The organisers were thrilled that even members of the staff who were not on duty came in voluntarily to join in the singing. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and resident Donnie Erlank thanked the staff, not only for the singing, but also for the care and attention shown to all the residents on a daily basis. Each was given a small gift.
Guest Gina de Beer was given a small present by Chairlady Diane Nel, and thanked for her involvement with Aalwynhof over the years. De Beer, herself in her 80s, is a frequent visitor to the Home, and is often seen seated at the piano, leading a sing-a-long.
Louise Vosloo read a hilarious story written by the late Jan Spies about a hunting trip in the Kalahari, which caused much amusement.
Immediately after this, the name of this year’s Woman of the Year was announced. The award was given to Louise Vosloo, for her spiritual involvement with the residents and help with exercises to stretch their aching limbs. She was presented with a beautiful protea by Wilhemien Caricator.
Dr Olive Muller, who was the Woman of the Year for the last two years, was named Patron of Aalwynhof.
Dainty tea-time cakes were served, provided mostly by the ladies of the Board, with an added donation from Nico Kemp and Archie Norval.
Whilst the guests were enjoying the festivities, the staff choir members were not forgotten. A small surprise party was held for them in their lounge, with a big chocolate cake slab with the words ‘Baie Dankie’ written on it. Chairlady Nel explained that the Board wanted to publicly thank the staff for the long hours they work, often in difficult circumstances.