Pupils bring joy to the elderly

Members of the Camps Bay High School public relations team. At the back, from left are Rulida Louw, Neve Ingle, Sister Gladys and Sophie Rehn. In front are Cherise Nyoka, Cathrine Madzatunya and Nouraah Mohamed.

To celebrate Easter, Camps Bay pupils brought Easter joy to Nazareth House residents.

The school’s public relations (PR) team delivered handmade Easter cards and Easter Eeggs to the residents of Nazareth House in Vredehoek, on Thursday last week.

The project was the brainchild of the student head of the PR team, Sophie Rehn, who is in Grade 11. She said they wanted to bring a little bit of Easter joy to the residents. “Covid has been a very hard time for many of the elderly in our community who are not able to regularly see their family and many have been in lockdown in their retirement communities for a long time. We wanted to bring a little bit of Easter joy to them and so decided to make handmade cards that they could open over Easter,” she said.

A selection of the handmade cards made by the members of the Camps Bay High School public relations team.

The cards and Easter eggs, which had been donated by the Camps Bay High School Interact Society, was handed over to Sister Gladys from Nazareth House.

For over 13 decades, Nazareth House has provided a safe space for vulnerable children as well as places where the elderly can thrive. Their care homes for the aged are focused on quality of life and offer residents an opportunity to live with dignity and respect in an active community.

Head of service at the school, Kirsten Mobsby, said their school is a very service-driven school. “Helping others is the secret to happiness. We find that pupils who are involved with service activities often excel in other spheres of life. It teaches them to be caring, empathetic members of our community and gives them a sense of purpose,” she said.

Ms Mobsby said they have a number of service-orientated societies that pupils can be a part of and they are required to do a minimum of 15 hours of community service a year. “In addition to the Easter cards that the student members of the PR team made, the Camps Bay High School Interact Society also ran an Easter Egg Drive and collected over 1 500 Easter eggs. These eggs will be distributed to various organisations and schools in need in our local community,” she said.