Ron Smith Care Centre holds Eden Alternative commitment ceremony

by antoinette pombo
May 7, 2017
Category:   Articles, Events and News

The staff and residents involved with Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre Occupational Therapy Activity Centre, recently got together to present and dedicate a banner to the activity centre.

The banner took about a year to complete, and was designed and appliquéd by a volunteer, Marisa Sabato. It  depicts the mission and vision of the Care Partners involved in the activity centre’s programmes.

In the centre of the banner is the Eden Alternative tree which represents life and growth, which we desire for all our residents and staff at the care centre. Last year, Ron Smith Care Centre became the first organisation in Gauteng, and only the second in Africa, to become a member of Eden Alternative South Africa registry.

The Activity Centre members. Back: Kedibone Shongoane (porter), Salina Mtshali (occupational therapy technician), Debbie Christen (Manager: Recreational Programmes) and Joyce Mabowa (porter). Front: Lee-Ann Ramathibela (lifestyle assistant), Marisa Sabato (volunteer and creator of the banner) and Bianca Richards (occupational therapist).



The Eden Alternative philosophy is grounded on the core belief that ageing is a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period of decline.

The centre’s vision is: “A person-centered community of Elders and Care Partners where individual’s needs are known and where their identity is recognised and honoured.  An environment where opportunities are created to live life to the fullest, by engaging in meaningful activities, which bring about well being:  joy, purpose, connectedness and independence.”

And, its mission is: “To work as a team to identify individual needs, interests and abilities, to facilitate activities and events which create well being, by providing opportunities for physical mental, creative, spiritual and social growth, stimulation, relaxation and fun!”

For more information on the Ron Smith Care Centre, click here.

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