In early March in the days leading up to a looming national lockdown caused by the global Corona virus pandemic, the Western Cape Commandery of the Order handed over a large donation of much needed bedding, curtains and towels to the Board of iKhaya Loxolo Lase in Gugulethu.

This facility houses up to 100 elderly persons – mostly listed as terminally ill – from the poorest of poor communities in the heart of a notorious area beset by widespread unemployment, violent crime, xenophobia and a fractured social structure.

iKhaya Loxolo Lase (loosely translated as ‘our home’) is an oasis in this troubled, marginalised community. Each resident is given the very best care possible with the limited funding available from the public purse.

Through the Commandery’s association, increasing involvement and desire to improve the wellbeing, comfort and dignity of iKhaya’s elderly and infirm men and women, a welcome donation by Selwyn Veley – our Grand Bailiff’s father - was bolstered by Commandery funds to purchase – again with sincere partnership support from manufacturing supplier Sheraton - of 100 sets of mattress protectors, fitted sheets, duvets and covers, pillows in pillow cases, bath towels and 100 pairs of curtains.

“These are increasingly desperate times for this most threatened group,” said Grand Bailiff, Tamra Capstick-Dale. “Our work to significantly add self-worth to the last weeks and months in the lives of these frail people who have largely fallen through the cracks in our society, is a humbling and worthy Hospitaller endeavour.”

Due to the Covid-19 threat, only three members of the Commandery and three members of the Board of iKhaya Loxolo were present.

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