Athlone seniors celebrated

Clockwise, from left, are Charlotte Murtz, Eva Fredericks, Jospeh du Plooy, Rosina du Plooy, Johanna van Graan, Anne Donough, Kathleen Klaasen, Marjorie George and Ernestina Harris.

The Independent Congregational Church in Athlone hosted programmes every Thursday throughout the month of October, to celebrate seniors.

The seniors, from various seniors clubs and from the community, were treated to lively entertainment, safety tips, health awareness and scrumptious meals.

They also competed against one another to see who had the funniest hat.

Entertainer Neville D Harris, was the MC at the function last Thursday.

He shared his life story and how he got to where he is today.

Belthorn Primary School pupils entertained the seniors with two dances, and even the principal, Aneen Abels, and Grade 1 teacher, René Demas, got in on the action.

Athlone police spokeswoman, Sergeant Zita Norman, also addressed the seniors and gave them some safety tips.

“Your safety is a priority for us and because crime is escalating, we need to be in touch with the community. We have a huge challenge with drug abuse, and we are appealing to the community to be our eyes and our ears. You can call us anonymously with the addresses of suspected drug dens. You are at home and see what is happening. If you are unhappy with the service you receive at the police station, then you must complain about it. We are here to serve you. We can help get a protection order against your children if they abuse you. We also have a victim support room, but we are appealing for volunteers to come and help out there,” Sergeant Norman said.