It was a grand event at Douglas Murray Home for the Aged (DMH) when they celebrated their 52nd anniversary.
The residents, along with staff and executive board celebrated the joyous day with flair, fun and cake and walked down memory lane.
The Wynberg Society for the Aged, also known as the DMH, was established in 1969 by the late Beatrice Kester, who received funds from the late engineer Douglas Murray for the building of the home.
Building it was one of the easier missions, however, keeping the ship sailing for 52 years with limited funding is a challenge, said director Theodore Gabriels.
Over the years the home has built many valuable partnerships which have helped fill holes in a struggling economy but the pandemic had a huge impact on services.
“Service by Faith, is what guided us in our endeavours to adequately care for people who have given so much to society. It is indeed a privilege to serve, honour and celebrate them on this special occasion. We are grateful to the community for their continued support towards our service,” said Mr Gabriels.
Pastor Mark Killian, board chairman said the dedication and commitment of staff enabled them to adapt and remain afloat despite all the obstacles.
The board members thanked all who have been part of the 52 years of service to the elderly at DHM
They also encouraged people to “adopt a senior” – these are usually people whose families have abandoned them.
“We are asking for assistance financially through donations but we are also asking for people to spend time with our elders.”
The home is hosting an “elders matter” fundraising campaign on Saturday October 2.
Staff of DMH will embark on a 5km virtual walk on the day to acknowledge the important role that healthcare providers play in caring for the aged and highlight elder rights to access dignified care and service, especially during the pandemic and beyond.
To join the walk contact the home’s fundraiser, Megan Schilder via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, call 021 712 2146 or WhatsApp to 062 573 3799.