Thursday, 19 December 2019


Ron Smith Care Centre’s sparkly Christmas celebration

The residents and staff of Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre enjoyed a beautiful celebration of Christmas on December 18, with a delicious lunch, lively music and entertainment by a group of dancers from the SA Seniors Fitness Association, along with the care centre’s staff dance team.

Resident Jill Jones comments:

“The dining room was festively decorated for the Christmas lunch, with a red, green and white theme. Balloons and stars hung from the ceiling, and the paper serviettes with partridge in a pear tree motif were so apt. Red and gold crackers, tinsel and baubles added festive touches to the tables.

“All the staff and residents who created the decorations and worked so hard to transform the dining room have our appreciation and gratitude, as do those who cleared up afterwards.

“The SA Seniors Fitness Association really looked very natty in their red and white outfits, and obviously enjoyed performing their routines, which were well received. 

“The lunch menu included fruit cocktail; roast lamb and gammon with roast potatoes, pumpkin and creamed spinach; and crème brûlée for dessert. It was delicious.

“Our grateful thanks go to Rand Aid for planning and budgeting for this special occasion for us, so that Christmas becomes a really home-from-home occasion, with thoughtful little touches to enhance the experience. We are truly blessed and so fortunate to live here.”

Zabeth Zühlsdorff, Rand Aid’s GM Services and Advanced Division, commented:
“From watching the residents, it was clear that the décor, entertainment and food were much appreciated by residents and that everyone had an excellent time.”


Members of the SA Seniors Fitness Association instructed by Nancy Clarke (2nd row: left) and the Ron Smith Care Centre Staff Dance Team with Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s Manager: Recreational Programmes (2nd row: right).



Gail Spinks and Dineo Tshukutshware.


Nikiwe Thengwayo and Grace Ratisani with Simmy Slater and Joy Klopper.


Gill Holliman and Johanna Mokwele.


Shelagh Hawes, Charlotte Tema and Brian Russell.


Enjoying the party: Odette Matamba and Irene Watson.


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