Gobabis Municipality treats elderly to lunch

17 Dec 2014 18:20pm
GOBABIS, 17 DEC (NAMPA) - The Gobabis Town Council on Tuesday hosted a Christmas lunch for the town’s elderly citizens as part of its social responsibility.
About 300 elderly citizens were each treated to a meal prepared by the staff of the Gobabis Municipality and local authority councillors. The elderly were also given food hampers consisting of maize meal, sugar, tea, rice, and other food items.
Addressing the elderly citizens who gathered at the Epako Old Age Home on the day, Gobabis Mayor Sila Bezuidenhoudt said caring for the elderly by showing them compassion should be an everyday experience for everyone.
Bezuidenhoudt said the elderly have sacrificed a lot for the independence of Namibia, and therefore need to be well cared for as they are unable to do most activities on their own.
“Taking care of our elderly should be something we do with pleasure. It ought to be something we do out of our own as we say thank you to them for having carried us through all the turbulent years of the struggle for independence,” she said.
While thanking institutions and companies who have contributed to the day in one or other way, the mayor called on other businesses at the town to follow suit and also donate to the cause.
Bezuidenhoudt also used the opportunity to call on the elderly not to allow their children to chase them out of their own houses, stating that as the owners of such houses, they deserve to live in peace and comfort and to not be confined to informal settlements.
The Gobabis Town Council provides lunch to the elderly at the town every December as part of its Christmas treat to the town's pensioners.