Vaccinations and easing of restrictions will allow elderly people to gather for Tafta’s Christmas lunch.
Vaccinations and easing of restrictions will allow elderly people to gather for Tafta’s Christmas lunch.

Sponsor some joy for our elders this Christmas

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Nov 27, 2021

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Last Christmas was not much fun for a lot of elderly people. But with your help, The Association for The Aged (Tafta), could once again have a merry festive season.

“We are determined to give our elders a real festive get together this year. Most of our elders have had their vaccinations and with lockdown restrictions easing, we are hoping for the best and planning festive lunch menus, dates and venues.

“To do this, we need the generous support of our donors once again; because, although we call them ‘our’ Tafta lunches, truthfully they are not ‘ours’. They are yours. It is the good people of Durban who make it possible for us to dish up 1 500 lunches to Durban’s elders over the festive season,” said Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam, who was recently named among the top 30 Standard Bank KwaZulu-Natal Top Woman in Business.

“Your kindness means the world to pensioners who may not have any family of their own – and cannot afford to buy special treats for themselves. Not even a chocolate bar to enjoy with their tea on Christmas morning.

“Being invited to Tafta’s festive lunches would mean the world to elders who have been greatly impacted by the social isolation and anxiety brought on by Covid-19. For them, this would be a rare opportunity to get dressed up in their best clothes and sit down at a table laid with festive linen, tinsel, party hats and Christmas crackers while enjoying companionship, fun, laughter, music and dancing. And of course, a delicious traditional festive lunch. Tafta has outsourced the catering at the best possible price; with this year’s meal of roast chicken and lamb, crispy potatoes, veg and dessert amounting to just R125 per person.

“Your gift of R250 will pay for two friends to go to lunch together, while R500 pays for a table of four and a gift of R750 or R1 000 covers a table of six or eight. But, any amount you can give now will help bring Christmas cheer into our homes. In return, you will enjoy the warm feeling in your heart of knowing that you have given joy to a lonely elder, who might otherwise not have a proper Christmas,” said Shamam.

“If the worst comes to the worst and we find ourselves back in lockdown again this festive season, be assured that your meal will still be enjoyed by one of Tafta’s elders in the safety of his or her room.”

For more information on how you can spread joy this festive season, visit or call Kemmy-Leigh on 031 332 3721.

The Independent on Saturday

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