Somerset Mall shines a light on older persons of the Helderberg area this Mandela Day
The intention behind doing good does not easily convert to action. As human beings, we want to know that the actions we take will make a tangible difference and not knowing the power of small acts of kindness can deter us from following through.
Who better to turn to for inspiration on Mandela Day than the man himself?
"You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action" Nelson Mandela
This Mandela Day, Somerset Mall through their Fork Up | Food Drive will ensure that your act of kindness will enrich the life of an older person in the Helderberg Region.
Growing old is an evitability we must all face and unfortunately for some, the reality is that they may have to do so without much support.
Somerset Mall is asking you to take action and inspire change.
Somerset Mall is giving you the ideal opportunity to flex your philanthropic muscles. In the spirit of Nelson Mandela and his belief that small actions every day can change the world for the better, Somerset Mall will commemorate Mandela day with the Fork Up Food Drive Campaign. The success of which is heavily reliant on you and your generosity.
Six homes within a 12km radius of the Mall were selected to receive urgently required *non-perishable food items and **toiletries.
Your donations can be dropped between 21 June- 31 July off at one of the 4 easily identifiable collection points located opposite Sunglass Hut (Entrance 4), Game, Poetry and Pick n Pay.
The gifts will then be hand-delivered to each of the six recipient homes by the amazing Somerset Mall team on 13 and 14 July 2021.
These are the recipient homes:
- ACVV Huis Jan Swart
- ACVV Huis Marie Louw
- ACVV Huis Soeterus
- Helderberg Society for the Aged
- Huis Esperanza/ Huis Pam Brink
- Zandvliet Care Facility
ACVV (Afrikaanse Christelike Vroue Vereeniging)
"We nurture, protect and develop those in need"
In 1904 a group of women put into action their deep desire to help those affected by the Anglo Boer War. Today more than 111 years later, building on this humble foundation the ACVV's group of services have evolved and transformed from emergency relief, primary health care and educational services to comprehensive social work and child protection services for children and older persons.
The group includes 115 branches, with most branches offering more than one service and each registered as a separate non-profit organisation (NPO’s).
With Goodwill Ambassadors such as Rhoda Kadalie (renowned journalist & activist) and Marlene le Roux (CEO Cape Town Artscape Centre & Theatre) it is no wonder that the ACVV is one of the largest welfare organisations in South Africa remaining committed to:
"Enhancing the well-being and independence of older persons and those with special needs. Caring for those who are vulnerable and frail."
Three homes within the group have been selected as a recipient of the Somerset Mall Fork Up | Food Drive this Mandela day.
- The ACVV Huis Jan Swart based in Lourensriver Road, Strand.
- The ACVV Huis Soeterus based in 8 Olivier Street, Strand and,
- The ACVV Huis Marie Louw based in Fagan Street, Somerset West.
The three homes are part of the 64 residential care resource facilities around four different provinces which offer a haven for 3500 older persons. All these facilities offer 24-hour frail care services.
Helderberg Society for the Aged
The fourth home selected as a recipient of your generosity is the Helderberg Society for the Aged (HSFA). From simple beginnings as a small Rotary initiative in 1958, the HSFA now provides retirement options and different levels of care for over 660 residents with 8 independent living, 2 assisted living, 2 frail care units.
The core foundation of HSFA's care is steeped in their Four Pillars of Service: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Frail Care and Clinical Services while entrenched in their vision,
To provide sustainable care for the older person and
Enhance their quality of life with dignity and security within a culture characterised by integrity, commitment, compassion and respect.
Huis Esperanza / Huis Pam Brink
Established in the early 70's Huis Esperanza and Huis Pam Brink is today home to 220 residents, located in Myburgh Street and Donald Street in Strand, a mere 6kms from Somerset Mall, operating as one residential care facility.
Offering care to frail older persons by providing an integrated service to their family and the community at large Huis Esperanza and Huis Pam Brink is often host to community and fundraising events loyalty supported by the community they serve.
The second-hand store not only carries vintage gems but also handknitted pieces created by the residents themselves.
Zandvliet Care Facility
Situated in the heart of Macassar surrounded by views of the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains the Helderberg Society for the Aged successfully managed Zandvliet since its inception in 1983.
In 2006, 23 years later, Pastor Alan Smith assumed control of the facility and changed its name to what we know now as Zandvliet Care Facility.
When Pastor Smith took over, the facility hosted 72 older persons.
Ten per cent of whom were disabled or mentally challenged and required special care.
In October 2008, an additional 118 residents were welcomed into the care of the facility. These new residents were transferred from Lentegeur and Alexandra Hospitals. The transferred residents were all intellectually disabled or mentally challenged and many also had physical disabilities.
The facility is a 24 Residential Facility and most of the staff members hail from the Macassar Community. Zandvliet Care Facility can house a total of 180 residents.
Show your support!
The heartbeat of the Mall is its people and these homes were specifically selected because they are part of the community we serve.
Your generosity and assistance have in the past enabled us to help non-profit organisations, which is integral to our identity.
This Mandela Day, we are once again calling on you to take a small step towards positive change. Together we can and will make a difference.
*Non-perishable Food Items
Beans, canned fruits & vegetables, canned preservatives, coffee, dried fruit, flour, lentils, long-life milk, pasta, peanut butter, rice, sugar & tea.
Body lotion, bath sponge, conditioner, deodorant, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels & wash clothes.