Ron Smith Care Centre resident Ivan Langenstrasse is surrounded by love from care workers Lungile Mhlongo, Olga Tivane and Germinah Baloyi, at the centre's Valentine's Day event.
Love was definitely in the air the morning of February 14, as residents from Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre were treated to a lovely Valentine’s Day Tea.
In the weeks before the tea, residents put their artistic skills to use as they made all kinds of heart creations in the OT Activity Centre, thus supplying the decorations for the event. Gathering under the gaily decorated gazebos on the grassy area by the lake, and with a myriad of hearts flapping gently in the breeze, residents enjoyed a delicious tea of cream scones, sausage rolls and home-made shortbread biscuits. People took pleasure in the company of their friends, neighbours and caregivers and enjoyed the sunny day as beautiful music played in the background.
Volunteer Marisa Sabato with resident Lynette Saville.
Margaret Richardson and Julia Mali.
Lungile Mhlongo and June Smith.
Ethelwynne van Eck, Hazel Spearpoint with Maria Roberts.
Pauline Green and Johanna Mokwele.
Johanna Mokwele and Patchappen Ramalingum.
Johanna Mokwele and Gerrie Snyman.
Phumudzo Nephiphidi and Irene Watson.
Elizabeth Peterson and Edna van Rensburg.
Resident Peggy Roberts enjoyed the Valentine’s Tea with her daughter Jeanette.
Valerie McBain and daughter Heather.
Cedrick Hicks and Thembi Sibiya.
Peter Barker and Jennifer Sigida.
Arthur Nathan and Adolphina Magwete.
Godfrey Mawela and Estelle Litvim.
Peggy Plaatjies and Sannie Wucherpfennig.
Nomsa Shabangu and Josephine Kew.
Priscilla Nkosi, Biele Rollnick and Iris Radebe.
Anne Brokensha, Kedibone Shongoane and Shirley Makwarela.
Rita Harvey and Wilhelmina Newman.
Maria Standing and Shirley Makwarela.
Colleen Blowe and Lorraine Lowden.
Tondani Mudau, Rosina Pretorius and Martha Mabuyela.
Lorraine Lowden, Martha Mubuyela and Lou Mer.
Etienne Geyser and Christina van Rooyen.
Christina van Rooyen and Bunny Marks.
Joan Belleu and Marisa Sabato.
Isaac Poulton, Hilda Mabaso, Joyce Mabowa and Betty Hood.
Hilda Mabaso and Kitty Venn.
Denny Hancox, Jennifer Sigida and Denise Stewart.
Priscilla Dlamini and Cecily Ryder.
Heart packages filled with chocolate truffles were gifted to all 160 Ron Smith Care Centre residents.
But the day of expressing love was not yet over! In the afternoon, a further treat awaited as staff delivered and presented a special heart package filled with chocolate truffles, to all 160 residents of the care centre. The chocolates were received with much thanks and appreciation, as the thrill of receiving a genuine gift of love was revived in their hearts once again. As Charles Schulz (creator of the Peanuts characters) once said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”