Monday, 18 September 2017

Little actors delight Ron Smith Care Centre residents

 There were ‘aahs’ of delight when a band of children aged between three and nine years put on a play for residents of Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre on September 14.

The children from the Arrows Homeschool Group also recited some poetry. The play they performed was called, ‘In the Garden’, which is based on the classic Russian folk tale, ‘The Enormous Turnip’. It is a progressive story in which a grandfather plants a turnip which grows so large that he cannot pull it up himself. He asks the grandmother for help but they still can’t pull it up. More people and animals are successively recruited to help (a little girl, a little boy, a dog, a cat and, finally, a mouse). 

The humour and moral of the story is that only with the help of the mouse, (the smallest and weakest creature, could the giant turnip finally be pulled up. 

The sweet little actors and actresses gave a wonderful performance which was enjoyed very much by all at the care centre.

The cast of ‘The Enormous Turnip’, with residents from Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre.

From left to right: Jasmine Banks, Thomas Hicken, Nathan Very, Benjamin Banks, Ruth Hicken, Amber Banks and Aryc Holgate.

BELOW: How cute are these little ones?

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Spa Days at Ron Smith Care Centre

Manicures, make up and massages were the order of the day at Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre to celebrate Women’s Month.

To ensure that the 80 residents who had booked could be accommodated, two full days were devoted to these spa sessions in the OT Activity Centre on August 21 and 22. Dis-Chem Foundation very kindly donated nail polish in a variety of colours, scented hand creams and other nail care supplies.

The care workers on each of the six wings were asked to pair up with a resident and treat them to a morning of relaxation and pampering.

“It was wonderful to offer this opportunity for care workers and residents to interact and bond with each other in this special way. The therapeutic benefit of touch is well known, not to mention the fact that freshly polished nails and a bit of lipstick can really lift your spirits!” says Debbie Christen, Manager: Recreational Programmes.   

On the first Spa Day, some students from St Benedict’s College and Assumption Convent came to help with the day’s activities. Those residents who had the privilege of having their nails painted by them were absolutely delighted, especially when they received personal caring attention from the male students!

On the second Spa Day, care centre volunteers came to assist and were also on hand to pamper the care workers and other staff.

Everyone enjoyed the day and all were happy to give as well as receive a bit of TLC – something that is always appreciated.

Lisa Mtshali and Ursula Northern.

 Eleanor Motsepe and Charity Maburutse.

 Irene Droste and Lucy Kgafela.

 Dolly Luke, Salina Mtshali, Elizabeth Peterson and Lynette Saville.

 Volunteer Ethel Ramahuma and Betty Haughton.

Marie Diesel and St Benedict’s College student Brandon Janse van Vuuren.

St Benedict’s College student Rui Ferreira with Bernice Goldman.

 Ndifelani Mavhila and Winsome Green.

Corrie Wolhuter looking very relaxed as she is treated to a manicure from Lee-Ann Ramathibela.

Elaine van Heerden:  look at my lovely nails!

Volunteer Helen Dix and June Smith.

Julia Mali and Margaret Richardson.

Beulah Ganesh and Cecily Ryder.

Joyce Mabowa and Pamela Mintz.

Sonja Dikken.

Val Glanvill.

Susan Esbend and Hentie Benson.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A girls’ day in at Ron Smith Care Centre

What’s a tea in the care centre without a little dancing? Kaylee Antonopoulos, Hannah von Aulock, Cassidy McKinon and Claire Lourens dance up a storm at Ron Smith Care Centre.

Dancing, smiles and sweet treats were the order of the day when learners from Edenvale’s Holy Rosary School Catholic day school for girls spent time on August 17 with residents of Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre.

The girls arrived at the care centre bearing lots of delicious treats: home-made lemon meringue pie, chocolate chip biscuits, cupcakes, red velvet cake and muffins. They were joined by a few occupational therapy students from Wits University, who were on a three-week practicum at the care centre. 

After tea was served, it was time for dancing. The event brought smiles and joy to the residents.

Cynthia Dlangamandia and Alison Whittaker.

Claire Lourens, Cassidy McKinon, Hannah von Aulock and Kaylee Antonopoulos.

Jill Jones, Hannah von Aulock, Phillip Chandler, Kaylee Antonopoulos, Claire Lourens, Molly Matroos and Cassidy McKinon.

Mado Ndelela and Beulah Leor-Lever.

Lorraine Lowden, Christina van Rooyen and Etienne Geyser.

Occupational therapist student Savannah van der Mast has a chat with resident  Dolly Luke.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Care centre’s Rainbow Colours Day and Happy Hour

Dolly Luke and Peggy Roberts. Peggy was awarded the prize for Best Dressed/Most Colourful Female Resident.

On Wednesday, July 26, the Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre was a hive of activity. In preparation for the rainbow-themed Happy Hour to be held later that evening, residents and staff baked delicious cake pops and glazed them in all seven colours of the rainbow. 

Then the main dining room was magically transformed into a kaleidoscope of brilliant rainbow colours, as staff worked to decorate the venue with rainbow-coloured chains and beautiful crepe paper flowers that the residents and staff had learnt how to make in the previous weeks leading up to the event. 

Residents were offered wine, sherry and fruit punch as well as variety of tasty snacks, but the hit of the evening was the brightly coloured and cheerful-looking cake pops-on-a-stick, which were very decorative as well as edible!

The winners of the most colourfully/best dressed female and male resident, as well as the best dressed staff member were announced. The awarding of prizes was followed by a Rainbow-themed Team Challenge which involved remembering the seven colours of the rainbow in the correct order. The first team to complete the activity, with the colours in the correct order, won the challenge.

When ordered to start, team members excitedly urged each other to “hurry up” and to “go quick-quick!” After a fierce contest and amidst much cheering, the 22-members of the Blue Team were declared the winners. 

The Happy Hour finished off with the care centre’s tradition of dancing to lively, happy music. The residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The evening was full of colour, fun, warmth and good cheer and was a bright spot on this winter’s day. 

All the flower pots had little sayings about rainbows, two of which reminded us that:  “When you look at the world, it isn’t just one palette – it’s a beautiful rainbow” and to “Try and be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

Pam Martins with rainbow-coloured cake pops made by care centre residents and staff.

Tshepo Peta, Pam Martins and Lindiwe Matsimela.

Rainbow-coloured flowers made by the care centre’s residents and staff.

 Ellen Prinsloo, Rebecca Moilakgomo, Ria Standing and Patricia Graham.

Dancing Queens.

Joan Patton carefully glazing the cake pops a rainbow blue.

 Happy Rainbow Day! Shirley Makawara, Ros Benjamin, Joe Rosen, Joan Gilbert, Rita Harvey, Colleen Blowe and Joyce Mabowa.

Made with love!

Jill Jones and Pam Martins.

Maria Roberts looking pretty as a picture amongst the rainbow-coloured flowers.

Dolly Luke, Mariana Duvenhage and Peggy Roberts.

Louise Newman, Sylvia Lasarow and Irene Jarman enjoying themselves!

 Magdeline Motloutsi and Yvonne Engledow.

Vivian Maphoso and Brenda Ratema.

The gaily-decorated venue.

Lindiwe Matsimela presents Joyce Mabowa with the Most Colourfully Dressed Staff prize.

Getting happy: Ethelwynne van Eyk, Emily Thabang and Sara Richards.

Josephine Kew, Emily Thabang and Joan Patton.

Rebecca Moilakgomo and Ellen Prinsloo enjoy a dance together.

Ronald Merton smiles contentedly.

One of the flower-making teams: Kedibone Shongoane, Patricia Graham, Shirley Makawara, Grace Snook and Ria van der Westhuizen.

Sharon Lesufi, Kedibone Shongoane and Hilda Mabaso.