“All praise goes to everyone who represented Rand Aid Association in the event,” said Ayanda Matthews, GM Compliance and Social React Division.
“The camaraderie, team work and group cohesion were outstanding. The day was beautiful, the crowds were a sight to see and the South African spirit was evident in all the walkers,” added Ayanda.
The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the work being done by Rand Aid to assist vulnerable senior citizens and people with substance abuse problems, and to provide top-class lifestyle centres for people to enjoy their retirement.
The walkers carried huge Rand Aid banners and the NPO’s profile was also raised when Ayanda was interviewed on 702.
There were 65 participants – comprising Rand Aid Association staff members, some family members, retirement village residents and Wayne Wilmot and staff from Sovereign Construction. They not only raised awareness about Rand Aid but spread the message that active ageing promotes mental and physical wellbeing.
Founded in 1903, Rand Aid manages four retirement villages, two frail care centres, a treatment centre for people with substance abuse problems and a home for the deaf. The support services include Cookchill, the catering arm that prepares 35 500 meals a month; the stores; central workshops and the laundry that handles big mountains of washing each day.
An in-house raffle was also held to raise funds for Thembalami care centre, Rand Aid’s Lombardy East complex that homes many financially vulnerable residents. The winner was Joyce van Leeuwen from Thornhill Manor. The total kilometres walked by the group was 419 and her guess was the closest, at 417km.
The walkers’ lunch was sponsored by Sovereign Construction.
For more information on Rand Aid, visit: http://www.seniorservice.co.za/listing/rand-aid-retirement-villages/