Early Christmas for senior citizens

Seniors were treated to lunch by social entrepreneurs and local business people.

With Christmas around the corner, social entrepreneurs and founder of Uthando SA, James Fernie, have called on the government in particular as well as those who are more fortunate to be generous towards seniors citzens.

Uthando SA is non-profit organisation that deals with travell and tourism linking the local and international tourism industry.

Mr Fernie and his crew were in the mood for giving and have started distributing gifts to the elderly around Khayelitsha.

He has started with Khayelitsha’s Sinovuyo Old Age Group on Friday November 18. He was joined by Active Africa as they handed out presents and dished out food to the seniors.

He said he was planning to give presents to more than 250 seniors in Khayelitsha alone. He will be at Masibathande Senior Club tomorrow, Friday November 25.

During the event thousands of elders were showered with Christmas gifts and vouchers.

Many of the seniors who attended were the sole bread winners in their families, with their old age grants being the only source of income.

“We are sponsoring them every month. These are people who need to be cared for. They brought us up. I wish the government was generous enough to take care of them. We all know that they live on their pension alone,” he said.

More than 30 seniors received vouchers and meals. Sinovuyo’s secretary, Patricia Ophila was ecstatic, praising Mr Fernie and his crew for always keeping their promises.

“They have never disappointed.

Every year we know they will be here with something different. We are truly honoured and grateful to have them here,” she said.

Ms Ophila said she was also grateful to a local entrepreneur

Andile Nomlala who runs a catering company and Igugu Lengova, for helping them with catering.