Abbeyfield

Charity outreach: Abbeyfield Home – Atlantis

It has been quite a while since we’ve initiated a charity project.  With Candice being the driving force behind these projects, we immediately got jumping into the planning thereof.  We chose Abbeyfield Home, situated in Atlantis, because we wanted to give back to a segment of our own hometown.  Also, it so frequently happen that our elderly is forgotten.  They are indeed the foundation layers in any community and they should be celebrated.  Today, we attempted to achieve that.  We planned to spoil the seniors a bit with a cake and tea afternoon.

About the organisation

Abbeyfield Home Atlantis-branch (with the head office, situated in Bellville) has been in existence since 1999. They operate from a house in Atlantis and cater for 8 Senior citizens. The seniors, however, still need to pay rent and buy their own personal effects such as toiletries, etc. It is a well kept establishment but there is still much to be done on a personal one-on-one level. They do their own cooking, cleaning and gardening and have someone coming in twice a month to do cleaning.

The afternoon

It was sprinkled with all sorts of goodies to nibble on and no one left with an empty tummy.  The tables were draped in semi-rustic undertones splashed together with a hint of victorian flair.

Our guest speakers uncle Dudley and his wife aunty Annewynne Brandt kept us all glued to their lips.  Uncle Dudley spoke about his newly launched book, Die Portret in die Gang, giving us much insight behind the thinking and origin.  Aunty Annewynne shares a story very personal and dear to her heart, filling everyone in ear shot of her voice with hope and the sense of continuing in this life.  Before long the formalities were over and now stories were exchanged around the table…stories of battles fought and won, stories of tears and that of joy.  You really don’t know what people has gone through until you have a cup of tea with them.  Only then do you start taking in their life’s aroma.  It’s quite strange that in today’s age, we don’t do that anymore…just taking a moment to draw strength from the next person, especially those foundation layers of society.  Candice and I can honestly say that we have truly been blessed today!  Even more so by the fact that our kids, Ethan and Caeli could be a part of this in their own special way.

Have a look at some of the moments of the afternoon.

Catering: Balaicas

Photography: Eugene Stalmeester

Event co-ordination: Candice of Perfectly Planned

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors for helping to make this day a success.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Abbeyfield”

  1. SR.STALMEESTER November 19, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    Beautiful pictures, we love it. Keep going with the good work.

    • Eugene Stalmeester November 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

      Thanks Mom

  2. Adrian November 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Awesome work.Eugene en.Candice,wish more of.us will give back to the elderly

    • Eugene Stalmeester November 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

      Thanks Adrian

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