With everyone’s amazing support we managed to get all our Golden Oldies adopted for Christmas this year.
I received a call just after 8pm on Monday the 9th of October telling me that Attie was in a very bad state and needed to come back down South.
I promptly stopped the work I was busy with, packed a bag and left Malelane 4am the following morning to head for the border. Once through the border I finally got to Bulawayo at about 8pm that evening. Dead on my feet due to all the sudden changes in plans I literally just dived into bed and passed out.
Annual Adopt a Golden Oldie for Christmas – 21 Boxes for our Golden Oldies Adopted for far, Yippee, Still 630 to go. Then The Frail Care parcels and Kitchen Gifts. It’s that time of the year again and we at the ZPSF would like to be able to make the upcoming Christmas of 2017 extra special for our pensioners Come on guys we can do this, let’s keep the momentum going!!
I left the warehouse in Malelane early on Tuesday 30 May with Linda & Hannes having done all the preparations for the trip as smartly as they do. A small hiccup with the truck delayed me slightly in Mbombela but I was on my way to the border at about 10h00 am and all went well.
“Yesterday was Monday and a very blue one at that as we are in our third day without electricity and water and were all down in the dumps when a little whisper started. “Mavis*” came around and told us that the ZPSF crew were on their way with the truck. What wonderful therapy, it got us all going, tidying up and getting finished with lunch. I felt like running up to the truck and cheering but decided that it was rather unseemly for an old bird of 76 to run around like a 17 year old, but heck, I felt like one! If it were not for those” angels” we would surely starve. I am deeply touched and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
*Name Changed – One of our Golden Oldies
We are once again having to place bulk orders for food and as everyone is more than well aware I am sure the cost of food has gone up dramatically over the past year and we are constantly being contacted with new names of pensioners that desperately need our help. This is making us have to turn every single cent 3x before we do anything with it. We only purchase stock when it is on special and then in bulk quantities to ensure we are using your donations in the most effective way possible. Your support is our sole source of income and we are doing the best we can with what we have, however we are at this stage just managing to support the current just over 1450 Golden oldies on our list. With so many still needing our help this is making my job as fund raiser for the Fund in 2017 a lot more challenging.
The lead up to our April trip, often referred to as the Easter trip was very, very special to my dearest wife, Liz and I. We had the opportunity to renew our wedding vows, 46th, , as we also celebrated her 65th birthday on the same day. These milestones are extra special to our family and having all our children present, walking the extra mile to make this surprise party special was priceless. The Easter trip is also when the pensioners and hosts get Easter eggs, and they love it. We had a sponsor also give extra sweets this trip for the “Oldies”
The first trip of a new year is always exciting for me. This year however reminded me of the very lean years of 2008 to 2010. The new Zimbabwe bond note has been introduced and the ramifications of this move is hugely perplexing for reasons so easy to understand seeing that once again it’s a monetary system only valid in Zimbabwe…. This is going to place a huge burden on us as a fund to keep food on the tables of the pensioners as the food in the stores could soon dry up. Many products are already unavailable and prices have risen very steeply!!
Firstly let me say wow – Can you believe that Hannes has been taking up food to pensioners in Zimbabwe now for 15 years. One man with a dream – Incredible if I must say so. For those who have been supporting us for a long time you have seen the regular trip reports, read all about the challenges, trials and loses we have had. This is not an easy undertaking by any means. But with everyone’s support out there and your continued prayers we are managing to keep doing what we do.