P1140304 (640x480)Rand Aid Association is one of Bedfordview-based Jurgens Bekker Attorneys’ major clients and to illustrate to staff members of the firm just how large an organisation the NPO is, a tour of the retirement villages, care centres and treatment centre was organised.

On August 28, Jurgens Bekker staff members and members of the Sandringham Police Station, under which Rand Aid falls, gathered at Rand Aid’s head office for a talk by Rand Aid CEO Rae Brown, before boarding a minibus to see the various complexes for themselves. Founded in 1903, Rand Aid manages four retirement villages, two frail care centres, a treatment centre for persons with substance abuse problems and a home for the deaf.

It also undertakes the administration of the Joseph Gerard Foundation in Alexandra. Apart from its upmarket retirement accommodation at Inyoni Creek, Thornhill Manor and Elphin Lodge, Rand Aid has a strong welfare focus and provides subsidised accommodation, care or treatment to over 500 persons on a daily basis at its Thembalami Care Centre, Tarentaal Village and Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre. Support services include Cookchill, the catering arm that prepares 35 500 meals a month; the stores; central workshops; and the central laundry that handles around three tons of laundry a month. The association’s grounds of 69 hectares include three dams; and there is a staff complement of around 450 people – 60 of whom are security personnel. Pictured before boarding the bus are Lieutenant RA Thobejane; Wilma Lottering of Jurgens Bekker; Ayanda Matthews, Rand Aid’s GM Compliance & Social React Division; Jurgens Bekker office manager Ann Haynes; and Captain SJ Matloha. Front: Rand Aid’s Carol Steyn and Jurgens Bekker’s Gisela Bahne and Nadia Dittrich. “Before, when I thought of Rand Aid, I thought of a small retirement complex but the scale of their operations is impressive,” said Ann after the tour.