Several hundred seniors, many from some of the poorer neighbourhoods on the Cape Flats, were treated to a high tea.
The event was held in Penlyn Estate at the Penlyn Madrassa Hall by the Natural Health Ladies Workshop (NHLW).
Unlike the organisation’s previous women-only events, this one was for both men and women.
“This event was held to treat and spoil 300 individuals from one of the most neglected and vulnerable groups in the community: the elderly,” said Shanaaz Parker, the founder of the NHLW.
Guests were treated to a lavish three-course meal, all donated by members of the NHLW, their families, friends and local businesses.
Various artists entertained the delighted guests, with one of the young artists delivering a tribute to the elderly.
He spoke about how the elderly were often left alone without anyone to take care of them. “These elderly people are unable to attend functions where tickets often are pricey, for example, fancy eat * treats or lavish high teas, events we partake of as a norm,” said Ms Parker. “This is one of the reasons that I have decided to host a beautiful, regal event where we can honour our elderly in the manner they deserve.”
With its motto of “Fitness with a cause”, the NHLW has raised thousands of rands for various charitable causes, including the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and the PinkDrive.
It runs several drives throughout the year, collecting toiletries, books and cash for needy causes.
Ms Parker is ably assisted by Kulsum Cassim, Basheera Domingo, Sharifa Banderker, Fagwah Parker and Soraya Wise.
She has been teaching aerobics for many years and has for the last 17 years been operating from the Taronga Road Mosque hall.
Her creative movement classes incorporate zumba, tai chi, ballet, pilates, taebo and line dancing.