Monday, 3 October 2016

Heritage Month

Florah Lekau and resident Cedric Hicks thoroughly enjoy the Cultural Dance Show.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity at RSCC

On Friday, September 23, the community at Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre gathered outdoors in their numbers to celebrate, through music and dance, the richness and diversity of cultures represented at the care centre. 

Seated under the lovely shade of gazebos and umbrellas, residents and visitors were treated to a cultural dance spectacle performed by various staff from housekeeping, nursing, gardening and occupational therapy. Everyone was beautifully attired in their various national dress and many of the residents wore hats decorated with South African flags and an indication of where they were born or their cultural roots.

The dance programme included traditional dances from the various tribes of our rich and colourful rainbow nation:  the BaPedi, Zulu, Xhosa, BaVenda, BaTshonga, and Indian. The traditional African dances were followed by the whole group performing a Latin American line dance and Israeli folk dance. Then it was on to Austria, where the staff scattered into the audience and danced with the seated residents to a beautiful Viennese waltz. The show ended with the whole care centre community being invited to join in the last dance to music by the well-known group, Malaika.

The cultural dance show was followed by a traditional South African braai which included boerewors, chicken, salads, pap and gravy, and was nicely finished off with an Eskimo Pie, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s Manager: Recreational Programmes, commented, “The exposure to the music and dance of different cultures was wonderfully enriching, and was a good opportunity to learn more about the cultural identity and heritage of our residents and staff at the care centre. Staff members were very excited and proud to be able to share their traditional dances and their enthusiastic participation created a wonderful feeling of unity and harmony.”

Many of the residents remarked that it was a joyous celebration and that they all benefited from this event in that they discovered a newly-found appreciation for the diversity of cultures in South Africa and learned more about the cultural identities of their neighbours.

Bunny Marks (front) with Janet Smart, Dolly Luke and Gertie Dansky (back).

Front: Prudence Mokoena, Faith Noghabe, Maria Letswalo, Nakedi Chokoe and Candy Ratshibvumo. Back: Beauty Buthelezi, Sarah Moila and Hazel Makhwebusa.

Resident Mariana Duvenage, whose roots are in Portugal, enjoys the Heritage Day event.

Front: Sannie Wucherpfennig, Mariana Duvenage, Marie Theron and Lorraine Lowden. Back: Jovita Mendonca and Molly Matroos.

Resident Beile Rollnick enjoys the Strauss waltz with Marietta Viljoen.

Pam Moodley, Thabisile Ndobe, Ria van der Westhuizen, Vhutshilo Nemakula, Nolly Mlandu, Germinah Baloyi and Khumbalo Mabuli.

Residents Margaret Beattie and Elaine van Heerden enjoy a beautiful Strauss waltz with Rand Aid’s Debbie Christen. Back: Resident Jack Toker enjoys the music with Shirley Makwarela.

The Staff Dance Group performs an exuberant Latin American line dance.

Zuko Ndamse.

Embracing diversity… Resident Colleen Blowe, Lillian Mashale, Penelope Mthembu, Shirley Makwarela,  resident Joy Smith and Takalani Phutu.

Share in our Eden journey

Our Eden library is up and running and is situated in the main dining room. All staff, residents, volunteers and family members are allowed to browse through the available resources that document our Eden Alternative journey.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Rand Aid celebrates residents’ lives

 Two lives were toasted at Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre when residents Lynn Kingston and Frank Lucas were ceremoniously handed mini biographies.

Friday, August 26, saw a long-time dream of the care centre’s liaison officer Phyllis Phillips come to fruition, when the first two ‘My Story’ booklets were handed over the Lynn and Frank in the presence of family, friends and loved ones.

The idea was gleaned by Phyllis on a trip to Australia. It involves a friend, volunteer or loved one spending quality time with a resident taking trips down memory lane and capturing his or her story.

A booklet is then produced, complete with photos across the ages.

“This is a therapeutic, meaningful project,” said Phyllis. “Rand Aid is amazing,” she said, in thanking the NPO for supporting the initiative. “Through the people-centred Eden Alternative programme, Rand Aid acknowledges the importance of its residents as individuals – who they are and what they are is as important as the care they receive; we are not just here to look after our residents.”

Lynn’s story was captured by Elphin Lodge resident Jean Johnson, while Frank’s was documented by his wife Pat – who lives at Elphin Lodge – and his daughter Jill Middleton.

“This is a wonderful honour to bestow on my Dad,” said Jill at the hand-over tea, adding that the book will be handed down the generations. Frank has achieved much in his lifetime, including being Mayor of Bedfordview, but his greatest success is the wonderful, close-knit family he heads. All four of his children, a number of his grandchildren and even a great grand-daughter were present on the morning.

Lynn was deprived of oxygen at birth and has lived with cerebral palsy. Despite her challenges, she contributed positively to society, working for 46 years as switchboard operator at her alma mater, Forest Town; and helping to raise Lucky Dinake, who today is a PR councillor for the DA in Bedfordview.

“You might see a little person sitting in a wheelchair,” said author Jean, “but she is phenomenal. A real dynamo.”

“Lynn was and is a mother to me – she was my best friend, substitute mother and partner in crime in our incredibly alternative family. She endured so much difficulty with so much grace and inspired me to be the man I am today,” said Lucky.

Back: Author Jean Johnson; and Ron Smith Care Centre liaison officer Phyllis Phillips, who drove the ‘My Story’ initiative. Front: Lynn Kingston and Lucky Dinake.

Three of the Lucas’ grandsons: Jeremy, Michael and Nicholas.

Pat and Frank Lucas with daughter Jill and great grand-daughter Amelia.

Pat and Frank Lucas (centre) with son Mark on the left, David on the right, and great grand-daughter Amelia on Pat’s knee. Standing at the back are daughters Jill and Lynda.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Women’s Day: Spa Pampering Session at care centre

Resident Frank Lucas with Edenglen High School students Deneel Naidoo, Quewen Kuppusami and Kirsty Potgieter.

Conversation and interaction across the generations

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Activity Centre at Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre was transformed into a Spa on Monday, August 8, 2016, in preparation for a wonderful day of pampering and relaxation for residents and staff.

Held in celebration of Women’s Day, the event organisers ensured that special attention was given to the residents of River Lodge 3, the wing for those living with dementia.

Fourteen grade 11 students from Edenglen High School, along with their teacher Debbie Cloud, joined OT staff and volunteers in offering their services as ‘Spa Beauty Therapists’ for the day.

Aside from all the visiting, laughter and chatting that took place, the students took part in a chair exercises session for the residents and then served tea and some delicious muffins which they brought along with them. Then it was on to the pampering session, where both male and female residents were treated to their choice of beauty/relaxation treatments, including hand and foot massages, manicures, pedicures and/or make up sessions.
The students donated some sponsored nail care and beauty products, which added to the choices on offer.

The residents thoroughly enjoyed their day and especially loved the interaction and loving care given out by the younger generation. Residents Lorraine Lowden and Colleen Daly said, “This day has been so much fun!” and Janet Smart couldn’t stop admiring her nails, which student Saiyuri Tshworlal had just finished painting.

“My nails match my outfit!” she exclaimed. Student Keagan Roos said that he enjoys working with people and making a difference in their lives, and he was happy to have met the care centre residents who are so special, he added.

After lunch, it was the care centre staff’s turn to be pampered, and they so appreciated being told: “Sit back, relax and enjoy. You work very hard and we are here to give you a treat!”

Learners Callie Allison and Saiyuri Tshworlal with resident Lorraine Lowden.

Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s Manager Recreational Programmes, remarked: “The way we celebrated this Women’s Day blossomed into a special day for all. Men and women, young and old, residents, staff and students all had the opportunity to be enriched. In giving care to one another, each one received in return. It was a beautiful, fun day filled with the blessing of connecting with others and creating magical moments.”

 Lynette Saville and Keagan Roos.

Conversation across the generations: Elaine van Heerden, Sanelisiwe Ngobese, Zandi Zwane and Kaycee Joubert.

 Edenglen High School students with their teacher, Debbie Cloud ( far right), resident Cecily Ryder (centre) and Marisa Sabato (volunteer, far left).

Isaac Poulton gets a relaxing foot massage from Deneel Naidoo.

Time for a chat… Ziyan Sattar and Etienne Geyser. 

Saiyuri Tshworlal and Janet Smart:  “Look—my nails match my outfit!”

Lorraine Lowden gets her nails painted by Sanelisiwe Ngobese.

Molly Matroos and learner Nikiwe Khumalo are all smiles.

Colour me pretty… Kanya Vuza and Nikki Els.

Eleanor Motsepe – Day Care (centre) with her two daughters  Mmaikeletsi Dube (left) and Kabelo Motsepe (right).

You gotta hand it to them… Ziyan Sattar, Nico Gaddi and Deneel Naidoo.

Sarah van Tonder enjoys some pampering from Keagan Roos.

 Zandi Zwane gives ENA Merium Netshifhefhe a much-needed massage.

Sister Dorcas Moalusi bonds with Nikiwe Khumalo.

Saiyuri Tshworlal transforms Olga Tivane’s nails.

Kirsty Potgieter gives hard-working Hilda Mabaso a treat.

Housekeeping staff member Nomsa Shabangu gets her nails done by Saiyuri Tshworlal.

Nikiwe Khumalo gives Lou Mer a massage.

Keagan Roos gives Lynne Russell a soothing hand massage.

Foot spa… Kirsty Potgieter and Winsome Green.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Elphin Lodge has Mandela Day all knitted up

Rand Aid’s Elphin Lodge Complex held a Crochet/Knit-a-ton for Mandela Day on Monday, July 18. Staff members, residents from Elphin Lodge village and elders from the Ron Smith Care Centre enthusiastically participated, seeing who could complete the most knitting or crocheting in the allotted 67 minutes. The completed squares will be joined to make blankets which will be donated to the less fortunate. Pictured is Shirley McTaggart hard at work. 


Greer James was the knitting queen, having completed 102 rows. In second place was Vera Lenthall and third was Jean Johnson. The fastest with a crochet needle was Aletha de Klerk, who managed three squares. Irma Lederman (two squares) was second and Rae Hurwitz (one-and-a-half squares) was third.

At 94, village resident Erica Penney showed the younger folk a thing or two as her fingers flew and her laughs came readily. Knitting alongside her was neighbour Wendy Köhler.

Ron Smith Care Centre caregiver Rodney Baloyi was all thumbs but a good sport at the Knitathon.

Margarit Beattie and Elaine van Heerden share a laugh while hard at work for a good cause.

Salina Mtshali teaches Debbie Christen how to crochet.

Bunny Marks.

Volunteer Dara Migliore.

Rudzani Nengudza from Housekeeping.

 Pam Moodley from accounts.

Lee-ann Ramathibela and OT Bianca Richards.

Asnath Sithole from Housekeeping.

Hilda Mabaso, the head of Housekeeping.

Vivian Mphaso, who is part of the catering staff.

Shirley Makwarela with resident Colleen Blowe.

Salina Mtshali, OTT.


First prize knitting winner Greer James (102 rows) with Adrienne Reid.

Second prize knitting winner Vera Lenthall (60 rows – casted off) with Adrienne Reid.

Third prize winner knitting Jean Johnson (60 rows, still casting off) with Adrienne Reid.

First prize crocheting winner Aletha de Klerk (three squares) with Adrienne Reid.

 Second prize crocheting winner Irma Lederman (two squares) with Adrienne Reid.