Its been one year since the passing away of Sr Satya Bali, the founder of Ba Senior Citizens Centre and a pillar of strength for FRIEND in its inception. This soft spoken, gentle and always smiling person dedicated her entire life to service. She served in many capacities around the country and was one of the first officers to start at the Department of Social Welfare in Ba. She was always busy with women from HART, the Methodist Church , Quota club, the Senior Citizens Centre and the community of Ba. If you observed her you found that the needy from Ba found their way to her for all sorts of assistance, and even though she had little from her pension as a retired nursing sister she never turned anyone away and never talked about who she helped and how. Satya Bali deserves every recognition for her service to this nation and it is our duty to see that her legacy—the first community senior citizens centre for the elders in the country—continues and is strengthened. Her dream was to create a space where members of the community who contributed to nation building during their early years could continue with an active life physically, mentally and socially.


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November 27, 2006