Even small acts of kindness

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Looking for a place to call home?

If you're over 60, TAFTA can help

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What happens when you get too old to work?

There are 4.5 million people over the age of 60 in South Africa

What does the future hold?

Running a marathon?

Make your race count for more by raising funds for Durban's elderly people

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Feeling lonely?

Find new friends and interests at a TAFTA Lifestyle Centre near you

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The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Association for the Aged (TAFTA). This collaboration aims to improve access to palliative care for older people in South Africa through training, support and policy development.

Take #actionagainstpoverty THIS MANDELA DAY,

In celebration of Mandela Day, we're opening up our Tafta Homes to the community for the entire month of July and inviting YOU to come along and make a difference.

Whether you are an individual looking for something rewarding to do for someone in need ... a business person looking for a community team-building project for your staff ... or a manufacturer/retailer willing to donate useful items – you can take #ActionAgainstPoverty in one of four different ways:


Pop into one of our residences and help with painting, cleaning, gardening, crafts, cooking/serving meals, games, etc. Spend time with our elders: teach them a fun activity, cook a meal together, write a letter for them, or simply enjoy a chat. Please check our Wish List for each home, or contact Pranisha at pranisha@tafta.org.za for more information.

Ask us for help

They may be old, but our residents still have a lot to give! If you're involved in an outreach project that needs items knitted or a 'granny' to read to young children, please let us know. Many fit and active elderly residents would enjoy the opportunity to get involved in Mandela Day themselves! For more information, please contact Pranisha at pranisha@tafta.org.za.

Have a clear out

Use your 67 minutes to clear out your home or garage and donate any clothing or household item that you haven't used in over a year to Tafta. If we can't use the items in our homes, we'll sell them through our charity shop – Granny's Attic – to raise funds for elders in need. Items may be dropped off at the shop in Samora Machel (Aliwal) Street, or call 031 332 3721 for collection of large loads.

Give money

If you really can't give of your time, you can still be involved in Mandela Day by making a special donation towards our work. Simply click here to give online by credit card or Instant EFT.

Is your heart bigger than your pocket? Then why not launch your own fundraising drive and collect donations for Tafta from family and friends?

With so many different ways to get involved at Tafta, it's easy to take #ActionAgainstPoverty this Mandela Day. Come join us!

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