STAFF from the South African Breweries (SAB) rolled up their sleeves and got dirty in a bid to improve the quality of life of the elderly citizens at the Adcock Homes in Schauderville.
On March 20 about 15 staff members from iBhayi Brewery spent their corporate social investment (CSI) day refurbishing the some of the facilities at the home.
Trevor Muller and Rowan Dunne, who were heading the CSI project, approached the caretaker of the home, Natasha Culyer, to ask her about facilities that required the most attention.
The group identified ablution units and 14 were renovated at a cost of R4500. SAB provided the funding.
Dunne says such initiatives are “an imperative and giving back to the community isn’t something that should be taken lightly”.
Muller concurred saying: ” The elderly are an important component of our society and should be treated with respect. We should cultivate a culture which prioritises the needs of the elderly.”
Cuyler, who has been working at the home for several years, is very excited about the changes that are taking place at the home and is grateful because “this is one less challenge to overcome”.
The work done by SAB staff members includes, deep cleaning the bathrooms, repairing cracks and holes, replacing toilet seats, repairing doors, frames, windows, painting the bathrooms as well as electrical rewiring.
Muller says that “some of the windows will be replaced with frosted glass to give the elderly the privacy and dignity they deserve”.
Residents, Wilfred, 62, and Myra Newveld 57, are delighted about the improvements.
“I’m very happy here and look forward to the changes that are going to be made in my home,” Newveld said.