Parishioners help out at Jona Vaughan

Bishop Robert van Thiel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ward 97 counsellor, Andre Beetge, Carol Marcus and Jona Vaughan Home manager, Fiona Anderson and (front) Mormon Helping Hands specialist, Dr Nokuzola Cele.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints handed over a completed work project to Jona Vaughan Home on Saturday, 20 August.

Church members worked on the project to upkeep the home’s infrastructure from May to August.

“The Latter-day Saints have a programme called Mormon Helping Hands where the aim is to provide voluntary service to the community,” said the specialist for the programme, Dr Nokuzola Cele.

“It was hard to put into words the feeling of seeing the saints heed the call to serve with generosity and enthusiasm. Many hours of labour have been donated by Mormon Helping Hands to Jona Vaughan Home.”

Church members sewed clothing, bibs and curtains, and fixed shoes for the residents. They repaired the home’s veggie tunnel, planted seedlings and sorted and restocked the plants.

They repaired and painted four cottages and a store room. The benches in the home’s activities garden were repaired, sanded and varnished. Wheelchairs and beds underwent maintenance and a sports day programme and exercises were put on for the residents.

“This period from May to August has enabled us as members of the church to build relations with this institution as we heeded the call to serve,” said Dr Cele.

“On behalf of Durban and Coastal Mental Health and the residents of Jona Vaughan Home, we would like to thank the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for all the work they have done for the home this year,” said manager, Fiona Anderson. “The work and contributions have made a tremendous impact on the lives of the children and adults of our home.”

Earl Baillache

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