Elderly enjoy early Christmas lunch at Swakopmund

03 Nov 2013 11:00am
SWAKOPMUND, 03 OCT (NAMPA) – A total of 600 elderly people were treated to an early Christmas lunch by the Swakopmund Municipality here on Saturday.
Swakopmund Mayor Juuso Kambueshe said during the occasion that 100 more elderly residents were invited to this year’s Christmas lunch.
He said the event was made possible by the assistance from various entities which take cognisance of their social responsibilities towards the elderly, and their sponsorship amounted to N.dollars 500 000.
Kambueshe indicated that although Council does not have a budget set aside to spend on the elderly, the support provided by the business community and private individuals allows for such an event to occur yearly.
This year, the lunch was held inside the same marquee tent that hosted the just-ended Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS), making it an international setup which the elderly could be part of.
The mayor added that this year Council will be spending 150 minutes of its time to extend its appreciation to the senior citizens by handing over food parcels to them.
This new edition involves Council delivering the food parcels at the recipients’ houses, instead of them carrying it home themselves like in previous years.
“This also in return allows Council to engage with the elders,” Kambueshe said.
An elderly couple, Andries and Beauty Klaste, told Nampa it was the first time that they attended the lunch, and it was a very joyous occasion for them.
The Klastes said they seldom get an opportunity to leave the Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) area on the outskirts of Swakopmund where they reside.
“We are enjoying every moment of this lunch hosted especially for us,” they noted.