Helderberg Hospice honours volunteer couples

Helderberg Hospice has dubbed February, traditionally the month of love, as “Have a Heart for Hospice” month. The organisation is grateful for the services of their volunteers, many of whom were unable to help during the worst of the pandemic because they were at risk. In perfect time for celebrating Valentine’s Day, the featured volunteers have donated their time as couples for hospice through thick and thin, and show a real commitment both to each other and to hospice.

Dudley and Jenny Rowsell: Jenny has been a volunteer for 15 years, and many people in the community know her as the Helderberg Hospice “Garden Lady”. She is the mover and shaker behind the Open Garden festivals, and has been known to “cold-call” beautiful gardens to see if their owners would be prepared to show them. Dudley joined her as a garden volunteer five years ago, and together they make a formidable team. Married for 45 years, they say mutual respect and support are key, and helping each other to reach their full potential.

Collette and Ben Kuiper: Ben and Collette have been volunteers for seven years at the Helderberg Hospice retail shop, as well as at their various fund-raising events. Additionally, Collette is a hairdresser, and cuts and styles the patients’ hair as required, and Ben is a retired electrician and helps to fix any donated electrical goods so that they can be sold. They too have been married for 45 years, and say that they are best friends first.

Ebrahim and Amina Rhoda: The Rhodas serve on board of directors, and have done so for 15 years. Amina is also part of the support group known as the Lilies in Macassar. Both are avid supporters of Helderberg Hospice, and have helped raise awareness for the need for hospice within their sphere of influence. This year is “golden” for them – married 50 years. They say that part of their belief is to serve humanity. Trust, love and respect are the core principles in the relationship.

Penny and Helmuth Grunwald: For 10 years this couple have collected meals for patients from Vergelegen Mediclinic kitchen, through weekdays, weekends, and holidays. The Grunwald couple say that volunteering together brings them happiness and joy. The recipe for their 47-year marriage is respect, trust and compromise.