Remembering the elderly

Remembering the elderly

Donors giving food parcels to the Busy Bee Hospice

Dieketseng Motsepe

In the spirit of giving back and honouring Mandela Month, the Vaal University of Technology’s Community Engagement Department, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sports and Recreation, gave out groceries and a first aid kit to Busy Bee Hospice based in Vanderbijlpark.

“Going around and meeting the elderly was a blessing; seeing them in high spirits despite the health challenges they face on a daily basis was heartwarming. It is important to dedicate our services to helping others who are in need. Giving back to the elderly is as important as giving back to any cause that a person holds dear to the heart,” said one of the volunteers.

The management expressed their gratitude for the donation and are grateful for the big difference the donation will make and also that the community still recognises and sees them and still offers help.

Busy Bee, which houses the elderly who are terminally ill, is not a private hospice but a community hospice where help is needed and will be dearly accepted.

Some donations are made by family members who are willing to help and who recognise the help the hospice has been to them in taking care of their loved ones. Some of the staff at the hospice are very young and are completing their in-service training in nursing, but do so with love and dedication.

Giving back should not only be emphasised during Mandela Month but should be done on a regular basis so as to give back and remember the people who need help the most, was a sentiment shared after a successful day.

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