Three elderly members from the Real View Foundation participated at the Golden Games in Bhisho recently and came back with a number of medals.
Nomasomi Rete, 68, Nonceba Goduka, 62, and Tshidi Molebate, 73, were part of the group that represented Mdantsane under the Sisonke team banner.
Rete came back with a gold medal after playing the ring-the- stick, and Goduka and Molebate came back with silver medals after participating in their respective sport codes, pass-the-ball and rugby-ball-throw.
“We practised four times a week with the women, and then they also practised with the other Mdantsane participants who were part of the Sisonke team at the Orlando Stadium in NU 2,” said Real View founder Bulelani Fowl.
Fowl said they did not have any challenges while preparing for the games.” In August, we had a pageant for the elderly women, Miss Real View Foundation 2018, in celebration of Women’s Day.The idea was to create a positive and active attitude towards ageing. We also do music, and with, where they write and compose their own Xhosa traditional songs.
“We also do the normal sport codes with the elders, such as soccer and netball, and excercise. We want to promote a good healthy lifetsyle for them and at the same time want them to have fun”, he said.
The GO reported (“Working for the needy” August 16) that Real View was a Mdantsane-based non-profit organisation that focuses on vulnerable children, while also catering for the senior citizens.
“Six years ago, I resigned from work to make a difference in the community.
“I didn’t even talk to my family regarding my resignation at that time. Every month, I would spend half of my salary on the donations and I would give the things I bought to the needy,” said Fowl.