A truly fabulous day for the 73 pensioners from Welverdind Old Age Home who we took on a secret day outing. No one other than Liz, Margie, Roy and the two coach drivers knew our destinations.
We were lucky that the sun shone brightly with little wind, so our first secret venue was Table Mountain. The whoops of delight when told they were actually going up the mountain was so rewarding as most of them had never been up the cableway. Thanks to the Table Mountain Cable company the trips were free. The going up and coming down took longer than planned as there were hundreds of tourists, but the day was quite flexible.
From there next secret venue was Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay. Delicious fish, chips, and salad, followed by a Magnum Ice-cream as dessert. Most had never had the money to buy a R20 Magnum , so a real treat and they were over the moon. Najme gave us a 20% discount on the meal.
From there our last secret venue was the Two Oceans Aquarium and once again most had never been there either. Again 60 free entries for the group.
The shepherds looking after the flock were Liz, Margie and Roy without whose help we could have lost our flock. It was a wonderful day and we eventually arrived back to Rondebosch at 5pm where each of our happy and exhausted Butterflies received a great surprise goodie bag filled with treats, toiletries and random gifts, much of which were donated by the children/parents of Sacs Junior School. Margie and I spent hours packing 80 goodie bags which we had to get from Sacs to the coaches on Wednesday but thanks to Margie and one of the mothers, it was achieved.
Welverdind are the first members of the new Butterfly Club which I have dreamed up for pensioners living on a government pension.