A group of patients from Rand Aid’s Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre, accompanied by occupational therapist Zainab Badat, took to the streets of Alexandra on Monday, July 18, to donate their time and services to the desperate community.
On their arrival, the group received a warm welcome from Linda Twala, a well-known philanthropist who has been dubbed ‘the son of Alexandra’ due to his countless years of service and dedication to restore the wellbeing of the community members.
After giving the visitors an exclusive tour of Alexandra, which included a visit to Nelson Mandela’s original home settlement, Linda escorted the group to the Phutaditjaba community centre for the aged. “He introduced us to the various services that are running at the centre, which include a crèche, youth development programmes and various feeding schemes. Thereafter, the Wedge residents distributed soup (prepared at Wedge Gardens) and bread to hundreds of women and children at the community centre, warming the hearts of all those involved. We also had an opportunity to enjoy the festivities with live music, singing and dancing,” says Zainab.
The patients of Wedge Gardens thoroughly enjoyed the experience which they described as inspiring, motivating and humbling. Linda’s accomplishments and selfless attitude prompted each patient to reflect on the legacy that he would like to leave behind.
Feedback from patients who were involved in the project:
“I had the privilege to give back to the less fortunate which is an area of my life I have not previously explored but have an increasing desire to do so now.”
“My legacy should be one of good faith, strong will and friendship.”
“The experience reminded me that giving is a lot more satisfying than receiving. You can make a big difference in the smallest of ways.”