A non-profit organisation in the north of Pretoria says it desperately needs the public’s help in taking care of struggling pensioners from across the metro.
Spreading the Love was founded four years ago by Lizelle Oosthuizen-Anderka.
This organisation is run from Oosthuizen-Anderka’s home in Montana Park.
It helps those in need, particularly the elderly, who depends on state pension grants.
One such pensioner is Sanet Bezuidenhout (66) of Onderstepoort.
She weighs a mere 35kg and lives in the shop where she works.
Bezuidenhout sleeps in a bed at the back of the shop behind her wardrobe and works in the shop to pay for any outstanding rent, according to Oosthuizen-Anderka.
“Bezuidenhout still has to pay R1 300 per month for rent though.”
She suffers from severe asthma and desperately needs a Resmed machine to assist her breathing when she sleeps.
Another pensioner, Johannes Wolmarans (63), is completely bedridden and depends on Spreading the Love to supply him with many of his basic needs, including adult diapers.
“We have a very big need for adult diapers of all sizes. A pack of 14 costs over R300,” says Oosthuizen-Anderka.
“One does not often get donations of this sort because they are so expensive.”
The organisation also desperately needs Ensure, a dietary supplement.
Oosthuizen-Anderka said this supplement is often the only form of nutrition that some of these elderly people get.
Other donations that will be welcome include clothes, blankets and old towels.
The towels are placed under bedridden people like Wolmarans. This helps his clean bedding last longer.
“Our focus is mainly on helping these elderly people who have so little and are often taken advantage of,” said Oosthuizen-Anderka.
Spreading the Love wants to open a home for the elderly in the north that could house 15 pensioners.
“These are people who do not need frail care. They just need shelter and we want to give that to them.”
Anyone who wants to help Spreading the Love cause can contact Oosthuizen-Anderka on 082-549-4174.
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