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A smile, a hug, an unselfish thought…

The concept of kindness is as wide as the range of beneficial effects it can engender.  Any one definition of it would never be sufficient to house its many rewarding qualities.

For a start, let’s consider this long list of synonyms which all reflect kindness:  

benevolence, charity, generosity, courtesy, hospitality, friendliness, goodwill, goodness, grace, tolerance, understanding, gentleness, helpfulness, assistance.

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Water is our most important natural asset. After South Africa’s worst drought in decades, we are even more aware of this precious commodity – saving on garden watering, household use and definitely the topping up of pools! 

But water is more important than just a life-giving factor of human, animal and plant existence – water is one of our most important factors contributing to psychological wellbeing and physical strength. 

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“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves” – Horace Mann

Our volunteering program here at HSFA is crucial to the wellbeing of the people under our care. We would therefore like to honour International Volunteer Day that takes place on 5 December. The day serves as a platform for the celebration of the efforts of volunteers, the underlining of the importance of volunteerism and the mobilisation of volunteers globally. In line with this, we thought it apt to use this opportunity to highlight the value of volunteering in communities in general and among the elderly population specifically.

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The Helderberg Society or the Aged (HSFA) has been in the limelight recently, both in the printed as well as social media, mostly for the wrong reasons.

I wish to put the record straight about Libertas in particular, and the HSFA in general.

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Loneliness can hardly be considered the prerogative of the elderly. And yet it is precisely within this age group that we find it most prevalent. The combination of old age and the incumbent problems of aloneness are often perceived as insurmountable by people already compromised by their situation and powerless to seek help. This sense of isolation is no more acutely felt than during holidays and the festive season.   

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