The smell of the braai fire and beautiful winter sunshine lifted the spirits of the residents and staff of Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre on May 22.
“Some of the residents mentioned that they were in the mood for ‘pap and vleis’ so we decided to have a braai,” says Elize Raath, the liaison officer of the Rand Aid centre, which cares for elders and incorporates the Max Ordman Deaf Association (MODA).
“There was no special occasion; we are just trying to arrange moments of fun to lighten the mood during the national lockdown. The chairs and tables were set up outside and music was played.
“All the staff were involved in organising the braai. Some cooked, some helped with the braai, others helped serve and clean up. Fresh spinach was picked from our food garden and delicious creamed spinach was prepared.
“It was a great team effort and enough was prepared to include the staff and thank them for their hard work,” says Elize.
Residents Muriel Tasker (left) and Jeanette Roodt wait happily for lunch to be served.
Barry Waldeck (left) and Johan du Plessis, both MODA residents, man the braai fires.
Happy smiles from residents Lesley Paine, Nigel Coote and Betty Ross.
MODA resident Shaun White, who spends many productive hours helping look after the care centre’s food garden, and staff member Amon Maluleke deliver fresh spinach to the kitchen. The result was delicious creamed spinach.
Social worker Lara Hurwitz and Thembalami Care Centre manager Esme van der Walt hard at work in the kitchen.
Conrad van Wyk and other Thembalami and MODA residents at the lunch tables that were set up outside.
Regina Ratshosana and Yvonne Jacobsen enjoy their meal.