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 SAAF HQ Unit gives presents to the aged

Compiled by Sgt S.W. Mpotoane, Corp Com NCO SAAF HQ Unit

Members of South African Air Force (SAAF) Headquarters Unit visited the Dr Gerhard. J. Davidtsz home of the aged and frail care centre in Proes street, Pretoria, on 7 December 2007.

All members who were present enjoyed the day. SAAF HQ Unit members prepared food for the residents. Thereafter they donated presents to the aged and the frail. The officer commanding SAAF HQ Unit, Col Ettiene De Bod, presided over the occasion and ensured that things went well as planned.

it was a joyous celebration that kept the audience dancing to the songs that were sung by WO1 Piet Erasmus from the Directorate Base Support Services (DBSS)

The home is a multiracial centre and accommodates about 200 persons with ages ranging from 16 to 101yrs. Most of the individuals are referred to the home by various hospitals around Gauteng including 1 Military Hospital.

Under the supervision of Mrs. Leonora Strydom, who is the executive manager, the home caters for people with various illnesses such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV /Aids, mentally challenged and also for the aged. People who are sexually abused are also sheltered and counseled.

The centre has 80 staff members and 30 volunteers and it is also utilised for practical training by nursing college students. The students bath and feed the patients. The home had been adopted by the Church Without Walls, which is situated in Centurion, south of Pretoria.

Dr Gerhard J. Davidtsz, who was a minister at Dutch Reformed Church, established the home in 1968. He was an advocate for 15 years and served on 40 different boards before he became mayor of Pretoria.

Mrs. L.H. Strydom started working at the home from 1st December 1975. With her experience at the home, she helps to locate the families of the members admitted, as some of them are terminally ill and cannot remember most of the details concerning their families. She also assists them to apply for their social grants.

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