The Rosedon House in Rondebosch received groceries to the value of R1000 from Oracle High School students on Friday. The money was donated by the Pick ‘n Pay Make A Difference Campaign after a pupil, Athrah Laattoe decided to do her bit for the local community and nominate the home.
The Rosedon House is a home for adults who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This condition is a general term for a group of permanent, non-progressive movement disorders that cause physical disability, mainly in the areas of body movement.
According to the home’s facility manager, Jean Nacks, the idea for this facility began when young adults with celebral palsy, wanted to move out of their parents home where they can interact with others their age and with the same condition, but while receiving the assistance they need at the same time.
“This donation means a lot to us. It makes us happy to know that we are being recognised and considered in the community. To see young people offer their time and come over to just get to show the residents that they care, is really encouraging,” Nacks explained.
The home is in need of a fencing to secure the area around the facility. It also offers its residents breakfast, lunch and supper including tea time and a late night snack. With this donation, the home is able to save money on grocery and work towards the establishment of a secure fence.
The facility currently serves 50 residents, varying in ages and offers married couples a room to share.
“To see people come here and touch our residents and interact with them on a one-on-one basis is really uplifting. There are many misconceptions around this condition,” Nacks added.
The students purchased groceries which included hot chocolate, rice, tea, coffee, cereal and other essentials.
Athrah Laattoe said this project has become one that is dear to her heart.
“I am so grateful and overwhelmed. This all started when I heard Rosedon House on the Voice of the Cape radio station, which sparked the idea to help them out with groceries,” Laattoe explained.
Meanwhile, a resident, Estelle Eiksteen told VOC News that she was overwhelmed with the gifts and she offered a small prayer to those generous individuals who donated the groceries. She explained of her time at the facility and how grateful she is for having such supportive care and assistance from the staff. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)