Elder people get Christmas treat

A boat cruise on Africa’s fourth longest river, the Mighty Zambezi, is always high on the must-do-list for all adventurer seekers who visit the resort town of Victoria Falls.
A group of elderly men and women from Chinotimba Old People’s Home were privileged to enjoy the scenic and luxurious boat cruise courtesy of a generous tour operator all in the spirit of the festive season.
For long, the Victoria Falls has been regarded as a melting pot, where different people from different races, languages and cultural backgrounds co-exist.
Chinotimba Old People’s home, which houses 12 elderly residents mostly immigrants from neighbouring countries is a testimony of convergence of different cultures.
Driven by the desire to celebrate Victoria Falls’ diversity and put a smile on the faces of the elderly from the home this festive season, one of Victoria Falls leading operator organised a boat cruise for the old men and women.
It was a memorable experience for the elderly who could not hide their excitement with some showing amazing dancing skills during the one hour voyage.
One of the group members, Sofia Kanama, an immigrant from Angola, demonstrated a deeper knowledge of the Zambezi and had free advice on how one can survive a crocodile attack.
“This river is a lifeblood to many communities in different countries to which the river flows. We have a deeper connection with the river,” said Kanama.
Shearwater Adventures Representative, Keotsephile Lerato Nare stressed the need for co-existence and appealed to the power utility, ZESA to spare the old people’s home in terms of load shedding.
“As a company, we are proud to be associated with Chinotimba Old People’s Home. These wrinkles you see are survival lines of life each different from the other and carrying its own story,” she said.
Councilors Patricia Mwale and Mathew Muleya applauded the tour operator for the gesture and challenged other stakeholders from the border town to spread the Christmas cheer to vulnerable members of the community.
“We should always come together as Victoria Falls and celebrate our diversity. We want to urge other corporates to emulate what Shearwater has done and put smiles on the faces of the less privileged,” said Mwale.
After the voyage, some goodies were handed over to all the 12 elderly men and women.