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Volunteering with English One
Yesterday evening our teachers, students and friends all went to NOAH (Neighbourhood Old Age Home) in Woodstock to share a meal with the senior citizens and carers at the home.
The idea was to not only spend some time with the senior citizens, but also to treat the carers too. Because they work so hard looking after everybody else’s grandfathers and grandmothers, we thought it would be a good idea to give them a night off!
So our students and teachers took some delicious food to the home for all to share and enjoy. After dinner there were some speeches and jokes told by some of the residents. Some of our friends got involved in serious games of cards and some deep conversations.
One of the residents, Tony, had this to say:
“We just had dinner with the whole world tonight: Italy, Brazil, Libya, Australia, USA and of course South Africa!”
NOAH is an assisted living facility for senior citizens in Woodstock that welcomes the elderly from all races, religions and nationalities. NOAH is a programme of the Catholic Welfare and Development NPO, where the residents basic needs are met. NOAH has an in-house clinic which means that the seniors do not need to wait in long, cold queues at the day hospital. A doctor visits them every week and medications are delivered to them. There are 17 seniors in the home who are beautifully cared for by Sister Ada and her team,however, there is one thing they really need – companionship and a bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care).
Nicoletta, who organises our trips to NOAH, has this to say:
“What we have pledged is friendship and love. We visit the residents as often as we can with our teachers and international students. We chat, share and swop stories and play games of Dominoes, Uno and Bingo with them. After all, good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.”
Talal (Libya) and Luciana (Brazil) were kind enough to volunteer their time to join us at the home.
Kam and Mike serving food.
English One would like to thank everyone who was involved and made this such a wonderful evening for all.