The GAPA grandmothers were treated to a special event in their honour on the International Older Person’s Day, the 1st of October. The mastermind behind this event was Jo Maxwell, a member of the Red Hat Renegades and she orchestrated this event in conjunction with numerous organisations and individuals. The grandmothers felt loved, appreciated and spoiled during this beautiful event. Thank you to all who made this day a reality!
Two GAPA grandmothers had the the privilege of going to the United States for two weeks as part of a book launch. They were accompanied by Jo-Anne Smetherham, the author of the book, Eric Miller, the photographer and Yolisa Vivienne Budaza, GAPA’s Executive Director. The trip was valuable and insightful – for all concerned! They returned home again safely, but only after sharing their stories and their life experiences with many groups in the States. They were hosted by American University and Old Dominion University. Thank you to everyone who made this trip a possibility.
Happy Birthday Madiba! We were blessed with the presence of a group of employees from Citadel Wealth Management (www.citadel.co.za) who gave their 67 minutes to our grannies and kids on Mandela Day. They spent their time with us planting trees, working in our garden, painting our wall and doing beading with our grannies. They also spoiled our grannies with cake and our kids with packets of sweets&fruit. THANK YOU CITADEL – you added so much to us in such a short time and we are very grateful! May God bless you!
On 26 and 27th June, our aftercare children had a lovely outing to Kirstenbosch thanks to Global Fund for Children! The kids had the opportunity to learn about nature, spend some quality time together and make memories. A group of volunteers from African Impact also joined us – and as always we greatly enjoyed having them with us!
Our GAPA grannies had the privilege of knitting scarves and beanies for the Wonga Winter Warmers Campaign this past month. On Thursday, July 4th, we handed these scarves and beanies over to U-Turn (www.homeless.org.za) where they will be made available to homeless people. Thank you Wonga for including us in this campaign and allowing our grannies to spread the warmth this winter!
The month of May ended off with our customary four day workshop and indaba day. In spite of the bitter cold, grannies attended with smiles and much excitement! As always, the workshop was received with positive attitudes and grannies reported afterwards that they learnt useful information and are hopeful for the future.
Indaba day was spent with Ikamva Labantu – they kindly came to spend time with our GAPA grannies, doing health screenings with them, including blood pressure, height, weight and eye tests. Thank you Ikamva Labantu!
As part of efforts to assist GAPA with strengthening its systems, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Denise and Eugenia spent 3 days at GAPA providing on-site training and introduction to financial, management and data tools.