Police, CCID share the Easter love with Elizabeth Roos home

Working together to spread cheer at the Elizabeth Roos Home are, from left, CCID field worker Shanien Rich, CCID Social Development representative Pat Eddy, Sergeant Gerida Knight, Constable Carmen Ross, Captain Ezra October, Sergeant Janine Hansen-Lucas, Elizabeth Roos home staff Marlina Maasdorp, Charlotte Bam, and Monica Gerwell, nurse Maureen Field, supervisor Eleanor Alexander and the homes manager, Tertia Barkhuizen.

Police officers based at Cape Town Central police station spread some Easter cheer at the Elizabeth Roos Home for women in Zonnebloem last week.

The cops teamed up with the Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID), Spar, Pick n Pay, Charlie’s Bakery and community members to ensure that the 43 women with intellectual disabilities who stay at the non-profit facility had the most memorable Easter weekend.

At the gathering, held on Thursday March 29, the women were given toiletries, sanitary towels, clothing, cosmetics, cake, pies and Easter eggs.

CCID social development manager Pat Eddy said they aimed to help vulnerable people.

“We provided basic toiletries (which can be) expensive and it actually helps to restore dignity,” said Ms Eddy.

Cape Town Central police station’s communications officer, Captain Ezra October delivered a safety briefing while Sergeant Janine Hansen-Lucas and Constable Denver Venketsamy entertained the residents through song and piano playing.

“Today would be an opportunity for the police and their partners at the CCID – together with Elizabeth Roos (staff who do) stunning work looking after these ladies – to brighten up the hearts of these ladies,” said Captain October.

Chairperson of Elizabeth Roos Home, Soekie Smit said the women enjoyed interacting with the members of the community who had come to visit them – and even though some of the women could not speak, they could understand what was happening. “They were so excited to see that somebody is doing something for them,” said Ms Smit.