Seniors’ club on the move

Johanna Botha, 99, May Paulse, 94, Richa Hudsonberg, 79 and Emily Diaz, 79, waiting to try out their new wheels.

After three years of trying to get their paperwork in order, Club 60 is the proud recipient of a 16-seater Toyota quantum Sesfikile.

The club’s programme director, David Abrahams, from Lotus River, used to bring passengers from the southern suburbs to the weekly Monday meeting at Westridge civic centre.

In the last 18-months he used to pick and drop about 20 members, from Lotus River, Strandfontein and Lentegeur, with his car in about five shifts.

The club bought its first vehicle in 1997, 15-years after the club opened.

This 1984 Volkswagen model served the club well until two years ago when its gearbox needed fixing.

“We filled in the papers about three years ago but we only got it right after attending a workshop with the National Lottery on January 16 last year,” said Mr Abrahams.

He said there was not a dry-eye at a club meeting on Monday October, 9 last year, when he conveyed the information contained in an email he received from the Lottery informing him that money had been transferred to the club’s bank account. Mr Abrahams said about 32 senior citizens will be picked up and dropped off for club meetings every week.

He said the club, in association with the Making an Impact Through Sport (MITS) Programme, will transport children to Westridge civic centre for free, to participate in activities. Mr Abrahams said the club and the community would make good use of the vehicle.