Mams seniors celebrate 20 years of fellowship

Members of Rethabile club celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary. Photo Supplied.

More than 350 senior citizens from Rethabile club filled the local community hall to celebrate the club’s 20 year anniversary last Wednesday.

The event started at 10:00 under the theme Parents Should be Involved in Fighting Drug and Substance Abuse.

The seniors danced, sang, performed a play about drug and substance abuse before attending an aerobics class.

They also had lunch together before dispersing.

One of the gogos, Naome Laka said the gathering was not only about celebrating but to discuss problems senior citizens faced in Mamelodi, especially especially in relation to drugs and substance abuse.

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The club was founded in 1997 when seniors first came together to exercise as a way of fighting boredom.

The SA social security agency sent representatives to the gathering to explain the seniors what was happening about social grants.

Thandanani Drop in Centre’s Thabo Kgotsi implored the seniors to lead by example and transfer life skills to the youth.

“Without the guidance of elderly people, the parents and youth will end up doing drugs and abusing other substances,” said Kgotsi.

“The aim of forming the club was to support each other as elders,” said Laka.

Today the club has 70 members, all from Mamelodi East and met three times a week for exercise and also had a regular monthly meeting.

“We plead with other elders in Mamelodi to form their own elderly clubs to keep each other busy and remind each other their important roles in the community as senior citizens and well as talk about the past,” said Laka.

At the moment the club only had female members and encouraged men to form their own club or join in to keep busy.

Laka said the club was very happy with the turn out at the anniversary and thanked everyone who took the time to celebrate the milestone.

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Stephen Selaluke
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