By Tashinga Madzingira
Gweru’s multi-award-winning gospel musician Amai Patai recently celebrated her 44th birthday with the elderly at Batanai old people’s home.
The gospel diva donated groceries and toiletries to the elderly as part of her philanthropic endeavor to give back to the community.
In her speech, the “Mazambara’ hit maker said the elderly are the pill of society hence they should be taken care of.
“Our senior citizens are the pillars of our communities because they’re filled with wisdom and valuable life skills which we can use to our benefit. Quite often, they are overlooked, but it is important to acknowledge our senior citizens and their contributions made to our society.
“Old age is a sensitive phase therefore elderly people require absolute care and comfort to lead a healthy life without worries and anxiety,” she said.
Mai Patai also gave credit to various corporates and individuals who made strides to support her charity initiative.
“I would like to thank Eat n’ lick, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Tanaka Driving school, Mai Zee music as well as individuals from numerous companies, for making this day a success.
As you have seen, we have also brought adult dippers, so that our fathers and mothers are comfortable as well as those who take care of them.
In her acceptance speech, Batanai Old People’s home representative Anna Bomvu expressed gratitude to Amai Patai and associates for their kind gender.
“It is not an easy task but we are very dedicated to looking after the aged. We are very grateful for your efforts and it’s these donations from all well-wishers that keep us going, may God bless you all,”
Batanai old people’s home was established by the late Mr Ramusha in 1980 and officially opened by the then Vice President, Simon Vengai Muzenda in 1988.
The home houses seven elderly males and females and survives on donations from well-wishers. Additional contributions and support is proving hard to come by due to the deteriorating economy in the country.#The Sun