Angels give Christmas party a lift

Val Bartram (the founder of the Inyoni Angels) and Val Young get into the spirit of things.


Festive fun and lashings of goodwill made for a wonderful Christmas party at Rand Aid’s Thembalami complex.

The care centre incorporates the Max Ordman Deaf Association (MODA) and runs an outreach project called Zamokuhle that benefits residents of Alexandra township. All residents and outreach beneficiaries were invited, which meant a jam-packed party.

The Inyoni Angels, comprising residents of nearby Inyoni Creek Retirement Village – which is also run by Rand Aid, worked hard to ensure that an extra fun time was had by all. They put together care packages for the Thembalami and MODA residents, while Gift of the Givers had previously donated substantial grocery parcels which were given as Christmas hampers to the Zamokuhle beneficiaries.

The food was prepared by Cookchill, Rand Aid’s catering division and, according to Thembalami complex manager Elize Raath, was ‘absolutely divine’.

Each year, Inyoni Creek resident Arthur Haddon dons a Santa suit and hands out the packages. This year, he even postponed an eye operation so that his Father Christmas duties could go ahead as always.

“He is an absolutely special and unique person,” says Raath. “The Zamokuhle gogos started to dance and he was such a sport, he joined in.

“The event was a huge success and really enjoyed by all.”

Inyoni Angel Dawn Kemp hands out gifts, much to the delight of residents Moira Dowds and Shirley Phillips.

MODA residents Barry Waldeck and Johann du Plessis.

Thembalami complex manager Elize Raath with the beneficiaries of the Zamokuhle outreach programme.

Thembalami’s Lara Hurwitz (social worker) and Elize Raath (manager) helped the Inyoni Angels package up the gifts that were handed out at the care centre’s Christmas party.

Henny Fox and Moira Dowds.

Muriel Tasker with Santa.

Has Sheila Maabe been naughty or nice, Santa?

Val Prior with Santa.

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