By: Marcelle Naidoo
The Chatsworth Hospice hosted a Garden Tea on Sunday to honour all their volunteers who are above the age of 80.
Members of the community came together to show their appreciation to the more senior members of the hospice.
The Hospice is a community run association which cares for the elderly; it is run solely by volunteers. The event was organised by the staff at the Hospice, they wanted to dedicate an entire day to the people who made the Hospice what it is today.
There were six people who were being especially honoured for their devotion and dedication to the association. They are the pillars that formed the foundation of the hospice and the younger volunteers hope to follow in their footsteps. Most of the honoured guests were retired medical staff and social workers.
The community responded extremely well to the invitation, so much so that the hall was not big enough to contain the guests and some had to be seated in the dining area.
Paddy Padayachee who is one of the organisations most faithful volunteers had been for an operation 1 week prior to the event. He added his word by saying “If it wasn’t for this event I would probably be at home watching cricket or something, I thank the Hospice for keeping me young.” As his face showed happiness.
All who attended were treated to an exciting line up of song and dance which included Bollywood and ballroom dances as well as performances from the Hospice staff. The honoured guests were seated at a table together and when they were called up to receive their awards they all seemed to have a similar response “working at the Hospice keeps me young.”
Lillian Ramparsadth, who has been a volunteer at the hospice for the past 20 years, said that the dedication from the senior members is remarkable. “They come in everyday, no matter what,” she added. The volunteers are extremely grateful to be working with such caring and loyal people.
One of the people who were honoured, Dr P Ramasur said, “I am extremely grateful to the organisers of the event for taking their time to come and honour me and other 80 volunteers.”