Greek Day Celebration at RSCC
On 12 November, Ron Smith Care Centre’s beautiful garden and recreation area came alive with music, dancing, fun and laughter at the Greek Day celebration for residents and staff on the residential wings of River Lodge 1, 2 and 3.
Residents from Woodlands, Cedar Park and Lakeside enjoyed the festivities the previous week.
Once again, sunny blue skies and perfect weather graced the day. The garden was gaily decorated in the blue and white colours of the Greek flag and many residents and staff came dressed in these colours.
“For many weeks before the event, staff from all three wings practiced some Greek dances and they came dressed in outfits resembling Greek togas. On arrival, each resident and staff member received a gold-leaf crown (made in occupation therapy) to wear. These represented the olive leaf crowns that were awarded to competitors at the ancient Olympic Games,” says Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s manager of recreational programmes.
“Everyone enjoyed the morning programme of lively Greek music, a quiz game to test their knowledge of Greece and a language session, in which they all learnt how to speak a few phrases in Greek,” she adds.
The quiz topics covered the Greek flag, finding Greece on a map and naming the capital city and surrounding countries and seas. It also covered the Parthenon on the Acropolis, the Olympic Games, Greek philosophers, famous Greek personalities and Greek food and drink.
The staff performed Zorba’s Dance and a lively flag dance, after which it was tea time. Delicious homemade spanakopita (spinach pie) and baklava were enjoyed.
Resident, Sylvia Kree expressed her gratitude: “Thank you so much for bringing us so much joy today! I had a wonderful time!”
Another resident, Nana Roberts, especially loved the happy music and dancing and congratulated all the dancers for a lovely performance.
Vicky Papageorgiou (the wife of one of our residents who supplied us with the spanakopita and baklava) commented: “Thank you for an amazing Greek Day! It was even better than some of the Greek functions I’ve attended. Congratulations, well done!”