Scouts South Africa encourages its members to initiate service projects within their communities so they can be useful and help others. The Messenger of Peace Badge allows scouts to complete community service projects.
Elma Park resident Caitlynn Switala (15) from 3rd Kensington Sea Scouts acquired an idea for her community project from Rand Aid Elphin Lodge resident David Hughes. David was scout master of 1st Edenvale Boy Scouts for 16 years. He has lived at Elphin Lodge retirement village since 2001. When he is not attending the wonderful functions at Elphin Lodge, David knits beanies for cancer patients.
Caitlynn jumped at the chance to put this idea into action. Invitations were sent out to the knitters at Elphin Lodge asking for their help. Soon piles of beanies, toys and blankets began to flow in.
Caitlynn delivered premature baby-sized beanies, blankets and toys to Professor Bolton Keith from the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital. Forty-five children-sized beanies were delivered to a teacher at Jeppe Girls High School who has a connection with Cupcakes of Hope and 74 beanies were delivered to Stephanie Malan who will deliver them to the Joburg General Hospital Oncology Ward.
Caitlynn held a knitting circle tea on October 5 in the OT Activity Centre at the Ron Smith Care Centre to thank the residents for all their help. The residents were delighted to attend and finish up the last of their contributions while enjoying tea, cake and a wonderful chat with friends.
Residents who assisted with the project are Krystyna Geyser, Barbara Mullan, Jennifer Sella, David Hughes, Adrienne Reid, Vera Lenthall, Helga Giesekke, Kathy Theron and Vivien Petersen.
Professor Keith Bolton from the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and Caitlynn Switala.
Caitlynn’s idea to knit items for those in need was inspired by Elphin Lodge resident David Hughes.