Early Christmas for the elderly

By Christopher Makaza

Elderly residents from Chengetanai and Nazareth old peoples’ homes in Chinhoyi were yesterday treated to an early Christmas when First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa paid them a visit to assess their wellbeing and donate some goodies.

The First Lady donated 80 blankets, 40 pairs of shoes and an assortment of groceries to the two homes.

Addressing people at Chengetanai old people`s home, the First Lady urged people to respect and take good care of the old people.

“We should all respect our elderly people as they are the epitome of knowledge and history of our families and the nation at large. I call upon all of you, business community included, to spare your time and visit these old people`s homes just to interact and share experiences with them as well as giving them food.”

The First Lady commended the high level of hygiene at the two old people`s homes. She, however, urged the elderly to be screened for cancer and eye related diseases. She tasked Mashonaland West Provincial Medical Director, Dr Wencellas Nyamayaro to make sure that the elderly receive free regular medical check-ups.

The First Lady also visited Government apartments at Golf Course in the low density suburb of Mzari to assess the level of hygiene at these apartments where she also donated pots and other cooking utensils to residents. She said Government would make sure that the flats were re-tiled and rehabilitated.

Organisations and individuals continue to appreciate the First Lady`s philanthropic activities as she was presented with the 2018 Matter Humanitarian Award at a dinner held at State House last night. The award is given by the United States based organisation, Matter Group, to a person who exemplifies leadership in serving humanity and an inspiration to others.