Can you imagine still HAVING TO work at the age of 84??! Just to make (frugal) ends meet?! I can't!! Would hate that - barely have the energy NOW for even part-time work! But that, sadly is the situation my sweet, kind old Dad is in now, in Zimbabwe. My 3 sisters and I have helped financially (and do so) to the extent that we can, to keep my folks out of destitution, but can commit no more than we do already as none of us are well-off or in a stable work situation. This good man has worked HARD all his life as a GP to help and heal others, and done it with the utmost kindness, gentleness and patience, but lost EVERYTHING he had saved in Zimbabwe's economic crash and the hyper-inflation there. (People used to queue around the block to see HIM at his clinics; they loved him for those qualities, and because they felt heard and genuinely cared-about. "They" are all gone or dispersed now - many are dead, most have fled to other countries.) So my Dad has had to carry on working, part-time, despite falls, shakiness and memory problems developing. The trek into Harare every week to work does not guarantee him a wage either! Sometimes it doesn't even cover his transport!
The amount I'm trying to raise is what I hope will enable them to have a 10-year retirement. Any excess funds, should we be SO lucky (!) will go towards schooling children in Zimbabwe, and helping other old folk there to retire.
Arthur was born in Zimbabwe, trained at Groote Schuur in Cape Town. He's the kindest, gentlest, most decent, good-hearted man you'll ever meet. We love him to bits. We, his daughters, are desperate for him to retire and enjoy some restful years. But this can only happen if we raise enough to see Arthur and his wife (my Mom) through a good few years ahead, so that he'll feel secure enough to stop work. And THAT is only going to happen with your help. Please give. You'll be helping one of the few TRULY good people on this earth. Thank you.