HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY, AGAIN
By: Thobele Nzama
In a belated celebration of Women’s Day, five first year students from DUT’s Public Relations Management Department visited the Issy Geshen Lamont Home for the Aged in Lamontville on Saturday.
As part of their assignment, the students were to choose a non-profit organisation to work with, find sponsors and also work closely with them, contributing to its successes.
Speaking to the aged during a tea break, one of the students, Sifiso Nene, explained his reasons of involvement with the home.
“We are here as your children to visit and show you love, to say thank you for giving birth to us as we today are future leaders. This is all due to you,” he said.
The students said that they had grown very fond of their assignment and have become attached to it.
“Yes, we are here to pursue our school work but we have grown so attached to it. We initially had sponsors but they dropped out at the last minute and so we all had to pitch in from our pockets to make this event possible,” said 19-year-old student, Andile Maphumulo.
The retired old men and women were ecstatic to see young men and women baring gifts and interacting with them. Their excitement was uncontainable as hugs and kisses were issued without hesitation.
After enjoying tea served by their guests, another student, Nomthuso Dludla, recited a poem about love. To show their gratitude, the retirees broke into a song with a few even getting up to show off their dance moves.
Gogo Diana Mdleko from the home said that the visit made her feel special.
“I feel alive today because my heart is happy, thanks to you, kids, for being here,” she said.
Gogo also spoke about life in the home.
“This is soon to be my third year living here and we are well taken care of. My family comes for visits or sometimes calls,” she added.