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When that help comes unexpectedly ... from a complete stranger ... it's unbelievably heartwarming.

Up until last September, 84 year old Mrs V lived happily with her friend in a flat in Durban, sharing the cost of the rent. Then tragedy struck. Her friend got Covid and died, leaving Mrs V grief stricken and in deep trouble.

Suddenly she was responsible for the full rent. She only has her small State pension and it isn’t enough. But this little home is all she has. To leave it would be devastating for her. And she’d miss her caring, friendly neighbours terribly.

Fortunately, after intervention from our social worker, the landlord took pity on the old lady and reduced the rent so she can remain in her familiar environment.

And, thanks to the kindness of strangers ... people like you ... a good, nourishing meal is delivered to her door every day.

Your support makes it possible for us to provide Meals on Wheels to elders in need. Even those like Mrs V, who can’t afford to pay.


Sadly, she’s not the only one.

76 year old Mrs H has survived several brushes with cancer, and is currently receiving treatment for skin cancer. She also suffers from angina and is incontinent. Virtually all her pension goes on medication, doctor’s bills and hygiene products.

Mrs H is always so grateful when the Tafta volunteer knocks on her door with a delicious, ready to eat, nutritionally balanced, two-course meal. Like many of our Meals on Wheels beneficiaries, she is surprised and impressed that the service has continued, throughout the pandemic.

We maintain strict protocols for the safety of elders and staff. But it would take more than a deadly pandemic to stop us delivering food to elderly people in need!

Just about the only thing that would stop us is lack of funds. Which is why we really hope we can count on your support now.


Your donation of R250 covers a week’s worth of Meals on Wheels for one elder. Imagine what that means to someone like Mrs H?

If you can donate R1 000, you’ll ensure that a destitute elder can count on a nutritious meal every week day for a whole month! Any amount you can give now will be a big help.

And, because ‘whatever goes around comes around’, hopefully one day soon you may also be blessed by the kindness of a stranger.

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.

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About us

The Association for the Aged is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 002093) dedicated to the alleviation of distress and the promotion of the welfare of aged persons living in the Durban area.

Any person who is over 60 and in need of help – or any person who knows of an elderly person in need of help – should contact us. TAFTA cares.

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The Association for the Aged

P O Box 2983
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