Volunteering gives joy

Mrs Kogi Singh, guest of honour, is presented with flowers by Mrs Rajes Devan.

If with meagre income and much hardship schools and public facilities were built by benevolent men and women decades ago, there is no reason why people should not volunteer their time for community service today.

This was the gist of an address by Mrs Kogi Singh, president of the Chatsworth Regional Hospice Association, at the reunion of descendants of farm Chatsworth hosted by the 80-year-old Chatsworth Vernacular School Institute.

Service awards were presented to representatives of former shopkeepers and bus operators. Those who collected the awards were, back from left, Moga Naidoo (on behalf of KG Naidoo Bus Service), George Naidoo (SM Naidoo Brothers Store), Morgan Govender (MG Govender Bus Service), Donald Persadh (Kassiepersadh’s Store and Bus Service), Reuben and Mahesh Govender (VL Govender Bus Service), Naran Bhana (Bhana’s Store and Bus Service and Gangaram Stores), and, front from left, Waheeda Ally (J Khan’s Store and Bus Service), A Ramfol (Rams Tearoom), Mrs Sandra Nadasen (Nadasen’s Store), Mrs Vasunthi Reddy (Reddy’s Trading Centre), Reena Rajcomar (Ramlall’s Tearoom & Bus Service) and Akbar Ally (Noor Ally’s Shop).

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“The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment,” she said.

At the well-attended function, shopkeepers and bus operators were honoured for distinguished service to the community.

“Since rural Chatsworth, Zeekoe Valley and Welbedacht were far away from the Durban city centre, shops within relatively easy reach of residents and a reliable bus service into the city played integral roles in the lives of the farming community until six decades ago,” said Yogin Devan, a trustee of the Institute.

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Rising Sun Chatsworth

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