MEET THE RESIDENTS

It’s always interesting to discover the often extraordinary lives our people have lived, their successes and the challenges they’ve overcome.

Meet Mr ‘Tom London’, our soccer hero.

Mr. Gabangani Hlophe was well known in the 1960s as ‘Tom London’. He earned this nickname because of his incredible soccer prowess during his high school days. He was ‘spotted’ by Bush Bucks and had a successful career as a midfielder, taking time out to complete his teaching degree at Adams College in 1964. The year after, in 1965, he joined his home side Lamontville Golden Arrows. Here he worked hard at position two, taking the team from Division C to Division A by 1966. He is remembered as being full of fun and loving laughter around him. Now ‘Tommy’ spends his time with his housemates and taking part in occupational therapy exercises which encourage active ageing.

 

Margaret says she feels like a human being again

Raised and educated to Standard 9 in nearby Chesterville, Margaret (66) went to work at Pick ‘n Pay (a major South African supermarket chain) and later in clothing shops. When her parents died, she had to go back home. “My whole family passed away, just my sister and I survived.  All the young people were dying, it was so sad. I would just break down and cry, I couldn’t stop.” Her sister arranged for her to move to the Home. I am now back to the person I was. “We do sport and gym, singing and dancing and I love to play basketball!”

 

Bernard and Bhekikhaya – home from the seas – enjoying a peaceful life

Bern, as he is fondly called, now in his eighties, loved travelling in his youth - his uncles were seamen.  I’ve been to Niagara Falls and London.  I never married and now I’m the sole survivor of my family.   At this Home, I’m safe and I’m well-fed.  I’ve even put on weight.  I love the peace here.

Bheki also loved seeing foreign shores.  I liked Australia best.  Sydney is a beautiful, big city.  I don’t have any children and when I gave up the sea, I went home.  But there was a young boy who like to drink too much and he would constantly fight with me.  So to avoid bloodshed, it was better for me to move out.  I came here to rest my soul.

 

Gogo on the move again

Gogo Madikizela had always lived an active life. But as she aged her severe arthritis stopped her from moving around unaided. This meant she couldn’t attend church or go on outings and this distressed her greatly.

Our occupational therapist assessed her needs and found she would benefit greatly from a wheelchair and Gogo Madikizela was thrilled when it finally arrived. It meant she could attend church regularly and cope with visits to the hospital now. It changed her life.  “I’ve been shown love and dignity,” she said.

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“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent, that is to triumph over old age.”  Thomas Bailey Aldrich (19th century American writer)

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