Living Social Justice

A blog about responding to poverty and injustice, everyday and in all sorts of ways

Celebrating Cape Town’s Carers

If you’d peeked through the windows of the Common Ground Church venue in Rondebosch on Saturday, 15 September, you probably would’ve thought a grand celebration with a VIP-only invite list was in full swing – and you wouldn’t have been far from the truth! Although you probably wouldn’t have spotted the VIP’s at this event on the cover of any magazines that in no way detracts from their ‘Very Important’ status.

One hundred and sixty caregivers from six organisations across Cape Town gathered at our annual Care for the Carer event on Saturday, hosted by Common Ground Church. Every detail of the day – from the bouquets of spring flowers to the delicious sweet and savory 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 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 Common Ground Church’s Rondebosch AM leadership team, and Beverley Cortje-Alcock, who is a member of the Mayoral Committee of Cape Town.

It was a truly wonderful time where the unsung heroes of our city were reminded of just how valued and important they are to our society. Our hope is that they each walked away feeling truly loved and blessed by our community – and with bags full of goodies to continue their spoiling at home too, of course!

Thank you to all the Common Grounders who generously contributed to the great prize giveaways and the personalised goodie bags. We would also like to say a big thank you to the incredible team of 123 volunteers who helped drive, host, photograph and serve.

Organisations represented at the event were Living Hope, Little2Much, Izandla Zethemba, Christine Revell Children’s HomeWestlake United Church Trust, and Sisters Incorporated.

Visit our Facebook page here for more photos from the day! If you attended the event as a guest or as a volunteer, we would also love to hear your thoughts on the event. Post a comment below!

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