Bingo brings joy to the elderly

In a heart-warming initiative aimed at fostering community engagement and supporting the elderly, the office of the deputy vice-chancellor for community engagement and Mahikeng Campus operations at the North-West University (NWU) recently reached out to the Rotarus Home for Senior Citizens in Mahikeng.

Led by deputy vice-chancellor Prof Sonia Swanepoel, the programme brought together elderly residents for an afternoon of entertainment and social interaction.

"We chose to host a game of Bingo as the main activity," explains Prof Swanepoel. "Not only does Bingo promote cognitive function, memory retention and hand-eye coordination, but it also encourages social interaction while they have fun."

The presence of the NWU mascots, Eagi and Mafika, added extra excitement to the event, delighting the residents with their playful antics.

The outreach programme was a hit with the elderly residents, who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the familiar and beloved game of Bingo. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and camaraderie as residents socialised with each other and university representatives.

"The incorporation of rewards, such as chocolates for each Bingo and special prizes for the overall winner, added to the excitement and friendly competition," says Prof Swanepoel. "It was wonderful to see the joy and enthusiasm on the faces of the residents."

The event not only brought entertainment and enjoyment to the residents but also strengthened the bonds between the NWU and the local community. "It was a truly rewarding experience for everyone involved, and we look forward to organising similar initiatives in the future," she adds.

Prof Sonia Swanepoel with NWU mascots Mafika (left) and Eagi (right) visited the elderly at the Rotarus Home for Senior Citizens in Mahikeng.

Submitted on Mon, 03/25/2024 - 09:33