THE Breidbach Senior Citizens Club has called on the entire community to support their planned march against all forms of abuse in Breidbach tomorrow (Friday, June 16).
Club treasurer Theresa “Aunt Tjoepie” Rose said the members wanted to embark on a peaceful march through their community to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), which is today.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is commemorated globally every year and it is therefore our responsibility as the elderly to mobilise and create awareness among all other senior citizens about their value and rights in the community,” Rose said.
“We will celebrate it the next day on June 16 and wish to make the different racial groups aware that despite our diversities, problems of abuse and neglect, we have to reclaim our position as active and contributing members to the community,” she said.
Colleague Janet McPherson said: “On the day we are hoping to embark on a peaceful march through the streets to once again commemorate the day and sensitise our communities from all corners of the ward on the invaluable role of older persons in society.”
The theme of the 2017 WEAAD, which is to be observed at the United Nations (UN) headquarters, is “Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights issue”.
The UN designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, with the aim to bring together senior citizens, their caregivers and governments to combat the problem of elder abuse.
The day is also held to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly.
Rose said the march would start from the Uniting Reformed Church in Protea Drive, along Rose Avenue, and end at the local sports grounds.
“At our previous event we were supported by Breidbach Primary School, some of our local denominations, as well as sport bodies, and again we call on everyone in our community to support us.
“A special word of thanks needs to be extended to our community leader and King Lions Club member Desmond Coetzee, and William Weimers, who supported us from the onset with this initiative,” Rose said.
“There kindness and generosity in helping ‘the old folk’ is very much appreciated.”