THE Boardwalk is footing the R200000 bill for the refurbishment of the Gelvandale Frail Care Centre, which offers around-the-clock care for the aged who are unable to care for themselves.
Founded in 1979, the centre is managed by the community, and depends on a government subsidy, donations and assistance from the public.
The nursing service manager at the centre, Linda Swartz, explained they were going through desperate times, but thanks to the donation the centre is running optimally.
“The kitchen is the heart of this centre. Everything revolves around the kitchen. Prior to the donation we only had a two-plate gas stove which was not nearly sufficient.
“But now we can give our residents hearty meals daily and we can even spoil them occasionally with scones and biscuits because we have the appliances to do that now. The residents can see the difference and their smiles have definitely broadened. We are eternally grateful for this,” said Swartz.
The centre approached The Boardwalk for assistance two months ago.
“We focused on the home, and 30 members of The Boardwalk staff, including the general manager Clifford Ngakane got to work,” said public relations and entertainment manager, Caley Phillips.
“We decided we would allocate R200000 for repainting, supplying kitchen equipment, landscaping the garden and a general refurbishing of the premises which includes 100 new beds for the residents of the home,” said Phillips.
“The centre was coping as best it could with a kitchen in desperate need of maintenance and equipment over 30 years old. It was an impossible situation for those running the home to supply the residents with their daily meals,” said The Boardwalk’s CSI Manager Peggy Mokhatla.
To combat the problem The Boardwalk donated two industrial gas stoves valued at R45900, two 34-litre industrial microwaves at R11126, a large stainless steel splash table, various industrial-sized casserole pots, colanders, basting spoons, kettles, eating bowls and tilting pans.
Ngakane said The Boardwalk felt the need to pass on the giving spirit to the less fortunate.