Older Persons Games on the cards

Newly elected Mitchells Plain Older Persons Forum executive committee members are at the back, from left, treasurer Richard Brown, additional member Moerida Petersen and Department of Social Development Older Persons programme director, Mervin du Plooy. In the middle are additional member Maureen Crocker, assistant secretary Felicity Abrahams and secretary Abdoragman Segers; and in front are co-ordinator Fawzia Cader, vice-chairwoman Linda Weber and chairperson Verdun Meyer. Absent is additional member Dilsha Ishmail.

On the bucket list of the Mitchell’s Plain Older Persons’ Forum (MPOPF) is its own Older Persons Games, to be hosted in the area, where they can showcase their sporting ability and contribution to society.

Ahead of being elected chairperson, Verdun Meyer, from Woodlands, said by hosting the event they would be leaving a legacy, as the founders of a sports event that would be hosted in years to come.

Mr Meyer and eight other representatives of senior clubs from across Mitchell’s Plain were elected as office bearers during the forum’s annual general meeting (AGM) at Beaconvale Community Frail Care Centre, in Beacon Valley, on Thursday May 31.

Mr Meyer said the forum’s success relied on the support from the various organisations, it represented and that the forum needed to make itself visible on the City of Cape Town’s database.

“Once the sports event is hosted, I cannot foresee us turning back ever.

“It will definitely grow into one of the major events of the MPOPF in Mitchell’s Plain, maybe even in the Western Cape,” he said.

Every year the City of Cape Town hosts a sporting event for the aged to raise awareness about services available to senior citizens and to promote healthy living and active ageing.

Senior clubs and organisations for the aged are invited to participate in an activity-filled day that includes games, races and health screening.

The local forum is an affiliate to the provincial body and its umbrella South African Older Persons’ Forum, whose mission it is to identify and articulate the concerns and needs of older people, as voiced by them, and, in consultation with the government and other role-players, to ensure that these needs are addressed in legislation, services and programmes.