A large rainbow of colourful balloons floated up into the blue winter sky above Inyoni Creek on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
The residents filled the waterfront clubhouse and enjoyed the Rand Aid retirement village’s 10th birthday party. A full fun programme was put together and ended with residents lining the wooden walkway over the village dam to release their balloons into the sky in giving thanks for the beautiful village they call home.
Surprise guest, reigning Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, whose ‘adopted grandfather’, Claude Pearce, is an Inyoni Creek resident joined in the celebrations. Demi-Leigh has been visiting the retirement village since Claude, who is part of her extended family, moved in 10 years ago.
More excitement prevailed as South African pianist Rocco de Villiers’ hands flew over the keys as he displayed the stunning sounds from his album, Beautiful Beautiful Hymns. In between his melodies on the ebony and ivory, he had the audience laughing at his witty and funny anecdotes.
He gracefully shared the limelight when, during one his pieces, Claude stood up and invited Demi-Leigh to dance.
Residents enjoyed a three-course meal, including a divine apple crumble, as well as specially-baked birthday cupcakes.
The very first residents of the village, Graham and Dawn Kemp, were present at the party and were reminded of a time when Inyoni Creek had little grass and few plants and the residents all had more hair.
“It is a little piece of heaven amongst the turmoil of South Africa,” said MC Peter Moore.
The retirement village has put together a desk calendar in commemoration of its anniversary. It includes photos taken over the years by Inyoni Creek residents.