SAVF Herfsakker Old Age Home
Welcome to SAVF Herfsakker Old Age Home
Herfsakker is regarded as a modern frail care centre that serves the community of the Mpumalanga province. It has a large corps of active volunteers and the involvement of the local community is applauded. Herfsakker was awarded with the trophy as the most outstanding SAVF old age home in Mpumalanga for 2006.
The History of SAVF Herfsakker Old Age Home
Ms Cecilia van Wyk identified the need for an old age home with help for her husband, the mayor at the time, founded Herfsakker Old Age Home in 1979. Cecilia van Wyk, a volunteer worker for the South African Women’s Federation (SAVF), involved the organisation and managed to raise funds by gaining the support of prominent business people and the municipality. Land was obtained and the goal of offering care, nutrition and socializing for older persons was achieved.
The Herfsakker Old Age Home is a member of South African Women’s Federation – a registered national welfare organisation. Furthermore, the home is registered with the Mpumalanga Department of Health and Social Services as a frail care centre and the National Department of Social Development as a non-profit organisation.
The SAVF is a community driven project and is managed by volunteers and dedicated team of employees. The constitution of SAVF was amended in recent years to allow men to become member of the organisation.
SAVF is a carrier of hope for people with social needs.
As a national welfare organisation to render social services to individuals and families within the community in order to empower them to improve quality of life.
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the souls.” Samuel Ullman