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why would you spend R110 on a christmas lunch you're not even going to eat?

Because it feels so good to 'buy' a special lunch for an elderly man or woman to enjoy .... knowing that your kindness makes all the difference to someone who doesn't have much money to spend on treats. Someone who might otherwise have nothing more than some bread and jam for their festive meal.

If reaching out to make an old person's Christmas special doesn't warm your heart, we don't know what will!

For the past three years – since she suffered a stroke – there hasn't been much joy in 75 year old Isobel's* life.

Unable to care for herself and financially destitute, this poor old lady was shunted from place to place – left in no doubt that she was a ‘burden’ on those who took her in. She hasn’t had a secure home, or felt loved and wanted in years.

But that’s all changed now that she’s living at our John Dunn House. She’s part of our Tafta family now, and receiving all the care she needs. Having a comfortable, permanent home again has made such a difference to Isobel’s life. She’s looking forward to the holidays – and to spending her first Christmas with her new friends.

That’s why we really want to make it a special time for Isobel, and many others like her. But we can't do it without your generous help.

This year, we want to invite 1 912 elders to our annual festive lunches at Tafta homes and wellness centres. On the menu will be a traditional 3-course meal: starters, followed by roast lamb and chicken, potatoes and veg, with Christmas pudding or trifle to finish.

But at R110 per person, we can’t do it without your help.

Your contribution towards Christmas lunches means more than just a good meal. It means a rare opportunity to ‘dress up’, enjoy companionship and laughter, music and entertainment, and even dancing at some of the venues!

You’re giving a few precious hours of joy for someone who often feels left out and forgotten by the rest of the world. So please will you make your donation online now?

Your donation of R220 pays for two elderly friends to go to lunch together. And if you’re feeling really generous, you might like to sponsor a table of six or eight with a donation of R660 or R880.

Whatever you feel moved to give, please will you make your donation right away? Knowing how these elders look forward to their annual Christmas lunch, we need to confirm the arrangements as soon as possible. So we need to know we can count on you – and other friends like you – to help make it all possible.

Thank you and may God bless you for your kindness.


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Please reach out to elders in need this Christmas - your kindness will ensure they are touched by the love and joy of this 'season of goodwill'.

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