10 APRIL 2005.
In a festive ceremony LOFOB celebrated the work with blind people of 75 year old Lilian Arendse at a ceremony on Sunday the 10TH April 2005.Mrs Arendse has been involved with LOFOB for 51 years as a volunteer. She has served the Grassy Park local committee of LOFOB in various capacities bringing winter comfort and Christmas cheer to many people. Her unselfish sterling work was recognised and LOFOB nominated her for the South African National Council for the Blind ‘s 75th Anniversary Award.
LOFOB’s executive director, Mr Philip M Bam, presented Ms Arendse with a gold medal on behalf of the SANCB at a ceremony with friends and family at the LOFOB Centre.
“ Service to humanity in being our brother’s keepers with the Hallmark of the community of Ms Arendse’s age”
Mr Bam has made a passionate plea to the community to revert back to those values of service to others, compassion and caring that once drove our community.
LOFOB continues to provide a wide range of service to people and depend on volunteers such as Ms Arendse. Any person interested in volunteering to assist blind people can call the LOFOB office.
LOFOB HONOURS STARWARD RAY OF LIGHT OF CLUB.
At a moving ceremony on Sunday the 10TH April 2005 at the LOFOB Centre a plaque in honour of the Late Sylvia Wolman was unveiled in honour of the work that she has done for blind people throughout the Western Cape.
The Late Mrs Wolman supported her husband Izzy Wolman and the Lions Club of Rondebosch in presenting entertainment once a month for over 30 years. The Lions Club and the Wolman’s arranged evenings of entertainment first at Athlone then later at Grassy Park bringing much joy into the lives of blind people.
“Presenting such entertainment evenings was not only to bring light into the life a person who is blind but it’s significance lies in the fact that the people they served came from the most disadvantaged sectors of our community. The squalor conditions they lived under and it’s bad effects of their lives were slightly ameliorated by this intervention” said Mr Bam.
Sadly time has moved on, people became older and the Ray of Light Club ceased to function. Mrs Wolman however continued her work right up to her last day on earth collecting baskets made by blind people to sell and use as gift containers for her friends. In an emotional and moving ceremony her son, Roy Wolman who left for California on Monday the 11th April 2005 unveiled her plaque in the foyer of LOFOB at the Grassy Park Centre.
It is fitting a proper that such contribution should be recognised.