Tafta Council Vice Chair ‘runs’ for a Good Cause

How amazing it was to accept the ceremonial cheque, representing funds raised during the 31 kilometres on 3 December Fun Run hosted by Charmain Shandu.

Shandu volunteers as Vice Chairperson on Tafta’s Council, while juggling her career, family life and advocating for improved lives for the elderly. She has made it her mission to host the fun run annually on the last day of the year, to encourage those who have not yet fulfilled their new year resolutions that they still have a chance to reach their goals. As a supporter of Tafta for over 12 years, the fitness enthusiast hopes to use the ongoing event to bring awareness to issues concerning older people. Her most recent contribution of R42 500 will go toward operating Tafta’s National Toll-Free Elder Abuse Helpline.

“With my experience of serving on Tafta’s Council, my exposure to issues faced by older people has increased, making me more aware of what our elders face and what their needs are. As seniors, older people often feel obliged to shoulder through their issues and not reach out for help. Many are ashamed to request assistance or to report incidences of abuse as they feel that they are not as tough and physically able as they once were. The helpline offers an opportunity for elders to use their voice and enables those around them to ‘see something, say something’ to someone who has the resources to assist,” said Shandu.

If you are an elder being abused or you know someone who is experiencing elder abuse, call Tafta’s Helpline on 0800 10 11 10 to report the case and receive assistance.