160 caregivers from six organisations across Cape Town were celebrated at Common Good’s annual Care for the Carer event, hosted by Common Ground Church in Rondebosch on Saturday (September 15).
Every detail of the day – from the colourful spring bouquets to the delicious sweet and savoury snacks – was planned to make these men and women, who give so much of their lives to caring for Cape Town’s most vulnerable, feel spoiled and appreciated.
Entertainment included opera singer Glenville September, performances by non-profit organisation Dance For All, and a marimba band from the Music Therapy Community Clinic, which got everyone swinging on the dance floor!
The carers also received words of heartfelt affirmation and encouragement from guest speakers Nathan Gernetsky, who serves on the Common Ground Church leadership team, and Beverley Cortje-Alcock, who is a member of the Mayoral Committee of Cape Town.
Organisations represented at the event included Christine Revell Children’s Home, Westlake United Church Trust, Sisters Incorporated, Izandla Zethemba HIV/Aids Project, Little2Much, and Living Hope.
“Thank you to all the Common Ground Church members who generously contributed to the great prize giveaways and the personalised goodie bags. Common Good would also like to say a big thank you to the incredible team of 123 volunteers who helped drive, host, photograph and serve at the event,” says Samantha Rawson of Common Good in a press release.
The aim of the event was to celebrate Cape Town’s unsung heroes – the caregivers who tend to the emotional and physical wounds of the ill, elderly, destitute and vulnerable – and to remind them of how important their role is to society.