Nyeri elderly celebrate New Year in style
04 January 2016, 19:36
Nairobi - Hundreds of elderly persons from Nyeri County have welcomed the New Year in style by holding a party.
They were treated to free meals, a medical camp and gift hampers by a charitable organization, Purity Elderly Care Foundation (PECF).
The senior citizens drawn from all corners of the County had a rare chance of mingling, socializing and dancing to their favourite old tunes during the event which was held in Nyeri town.
PECF director, Joyce Kairu called on the society and the government to support the elderly to make their sunset years worthwhile.
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She noted with concern that the society celebrated the elderly when they are dead by contributing a lot of resources to accord them decent send-offs, while they had spent their later years suffering.
“It has become the order of the day for us to celebrate death more than life which should not be the case,” she observed.
One of the sponsors, Dr.Thuo Mathenge called on families with elderly members to take care of them as most cannot fend for themselves as their advanced ages had rendered them unproductive.
“Let us all join hands in celebrating the lives of our elderly people by doing the little we can to put a smile on their faces,” said Mathenge.
He noted that the senior citizens were the pillars of the nation and thus ought to be respected and supported.
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