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Give back to the elderly this Mandela month

Give back to the elderly this Mandela month

Families, corporates and sports enthusiasts have heeded the call to spend their Mandela minutes, making a valuable contribution towards the care of Durban’s elderly by participating in Tafta’s charitable fun walk on Saturday, 15 July.

The event, which takes place in the month of Madiba’s birthday, is a fun and affordable way to demonstrate the global icon’s example of service and benevolence to others.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela.

Public participation will contribute towards further subsidising the social grants of financially strained pensioners and provide the elderly with much-needed Winter Care Packs, which include grooming items and other essentials.

It is also an opportunity to meet some of the elder folks who will benefit from your contributions as many of Tafta’s residents participate in the event each year.

“Tafta is dedicated to the care and service of elders – a value on which the organisation’s very foundation is hinged. We hope to inspire the community to commit their time, service and generosity to the needs of the elderly because there are so many ways to make a valuable difference to their lives- not only during Mandela month, but throughout the year,” says Tafta Divisional Manager, Income Development and Marketing, Gail Samuels.

“Though our individual acts of kindness and service may seem small, collectively those efforts are able to achieve great outcomes. We encourage members of the community to make their contribution – and invite their families and friends to do the same,” added Samuels.

Participants can choose to walk the 2 km route at a cost of R20 or the 5km route at R50.

The walk will commence at 8am from the Amphitheatre at Durban’s beachfront along the promenade to uShaka Marine World and returns to the amphitheatre.

Joining the walk for the second year this Saturday is Tafta resident, Vee Mahesh along with her children and grandchildren.

“We are looking forward to doing this together with my family and I encourage other families to come out in support of Tafta and join us,” says Mahesh who enjoys an active lifestyle with her colleagues at the Langeler Towers residence.

Her granddaughter Schannel said she was excited to join in the fun walk adding that it was a great way of uniting their family and meeting her granny’s friends whom she often hears so much about.

This family event promises to be a day of fun, excitement and entertainment, offering a host of activities, including a jumping castle, face painting and hair spraying.

This fun event would not only bring the Tafta family and community together, but also aims to encourage and promote active and healthy lifestyles.

Registration opens at 7am on the day or save time by pre-entering online at ROAG (

Participants can go the extra mile by bringing along a toiletry contribution towards Tafta’s Winter Care Packs.

For more information contact Ateesha or Siyabonga on 031 332 3721 or email



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