Elders take to the skies for the first time ever

Jittery tummies and wide-eyed excitement characterised the Acorn Foundation’s Elders Flight on December 1, 2018.

Scores of elders gathered at Rand Airport to be given an opportunity to enjoy their first-ever flight. Included among them were residents of Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre, which incorporates the Max Ordman Deaf Association (MODA); and residents of Alexandra township who are part of the Zamokuhle outreach programme run by Thembalami.

“Despite being incredibly excited, many of the older persons were very nervous about flying. They didn’t know if they were going to be sick or not but their worries came to nothing because everyone had a wonderful day,” says Makgati Legodi, a qualified social auxiliary worker at Thembalami.

Elders from various homes and care centres in the area arrived before 7am, and the flying programme got under way soon after. The morning out included entertainment by the Jeppe Boys Pipe Band, brunch at the airport’s Texan Room, a Harvard display and certificates for all participants.

Acorn hosted The Elders Flight in conjunction with a number of big-hearted sponsors and partners.


Zamokuhle gogo Paulinah Mungangate and auxillary social worker Makgati Legodi wearing their The Elders Flight 2018 shirts.


When MODA resident Barry Waldeck and Zamokuhle gogo Elizabeth Dube boarded the bus, they took home wonderful memories and certificates to confirm that they had completed their first scenic flight.


MODA resident Barry Waldeck and MODA care worker Mpolokeng Khoalibane raise a glass to celebrate the wonderful opportunity given to elders by the Acorn Foundation.


Look how much fun was had by all


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