I had a Dream – Building Synopsis

“I had a Dream” famous words by Martin Luther King – Yes what started out as a dream 5 years ago thanks to various sponsors became a reality earlier this year. We managed to over a period of 3 years get sponsors to commit to this dream of extending the building by adding a second garage and demolishing the dilapidated one and in the process have an upstairs indoor playroom and a bigger parking area.

The construction company MNM Construction’s workmen, were very diligent. The work scheduling was on time and despite a few setbacks with delivery of some material the job was done as per work plan schedule. The weather gods were also on our side because it would storm during the night and have sunny weather for the workmen to continue working the following day.

 The original use for this room was realised when on cold winter days, the children would be cramped in small areas and this would obviously frustrate them – We have quite a few volunteers that were willing to do some of the exercises with the children – we need exercise to be part of the children’s routine – involve more volunteers to use this room with the children for a large muscle development area.

The Playroom now serves a dual purpose with the 4th year Occupational therapy students of UCT, it doubles up as a room for them to work with their children – exercising and moving those muscles.

We started this project on 15 March 2017 and have this week added the final touches – the area have been in use since the building was completed but to add a touch of magic, we arranged for a mural within this area. It looks amazing.

The total cost of the project amounted to R 596 220.23 and the total costs were covered by Sponsors – Hair heroes, Stichting tot Steun, Anonymous guardian angel, Jaytrade and Families- Ebner / Werner from Switzerland.



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Early Childhood Development programme at CRCH

Every year the children that attend the Early Childhood Development programme at CRCH – work on various themes throughout the year. They were a few weeks ago busy with discussions about Plants and specifically discussing vegetables and fruit – the children very seldom see raw vegetables and most times the fruit is already halved when they get it – so their reaction was very interesting when they completed their art pieces and each had to choose their favourite fruit to paint – we surprised them with strawberries and yoghurt – Strawberries and cream/ice-cream or yoghurt is not considered as a daily fruit intake for children – so they enjoyed eating the strawberries – the following week they asked when we gonna buy more strawberries – therefor I think our next experience will be taking them to strawberry fields to see how the strawberries grow and pick some for Sunday dessert with ice cream – Just waiting for the lovely sunny days then we on our way.



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2017 Long Service Awards

On Wednesday, 16 August 2017, we celebrated Long Service Awards. These ladies have in total serviced the community for more than 100 years altogether and many children’s lives were impacted due to their commitment and dedication to their work. The children did a song – “I’m Blessed” beautifully for these members, summarising the event – CRCH is blessed, children are blessed and staff are blessed. Management committee and Trustees hereby wish to thank them for their hard work and hope to have them part of the CRCH Circle of friends for many more years – Celebrating this occasion with the staff were Trust Chairperson, Maryka Vermaak, Management Committee Chairman, Piet Postema, and Management Committee members, Serena Rosslind, Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed and Alfons Genseberger.

From left to right:
Mary-Ann Hendriks 10 years service
Rene Williams 20 years
Alicia Rhoda 20 years
Lea Willemse 25 years
Mathilda Ruiters 30 years
Missing is our Kitchen Manageress, Dolphina van Rhyn also 30 years.





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Women’s Day

Christine Revell Children’s home celebrated Women’s Day in style – Our theme for this year focused African Women rising above their circumstances – We invited 80 guests that were honoured and celebrated their ongoing support and dedication and commitment to CRCH.

The event started off with a Meet and greet in the upstairs Protea 1-2 conference rooms in The Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town. Upon arrival, we were served with either Coffee/Tea or Juice. The patrons were styled in African inspired fashion and graced the passages of the hotel in style. Rayleen Gertse opened the event with a prayer and the patrons were welcomed by Bomkazi Zonke.


A special thanks to the Management and staff of the hotel for their hospitality and for always making us feel welcome.

Tracy Lee Rosslind was our MC introduced by Alicia Rhoda – and has a long history with CRCH as she started out as a volunteer 16 years ago when she attended Reddam High in Constantia. Their Interact Club visited and interacted with the children regularly. Tracy kept the audience captivated as she humbly mentioned her involvement as the Ambassador of CRCH.

Arlene Esau rendered a song called – Still I rise beautifully and Carmelita Stoffels recited the poem by Maya Angelou – Still I rise. This was our opening act.

Our guest speaker, Crystal Swanson, renowned gospel singer, motivational speaker has a broad spectrum of expertise ranging from an Air hostess; radiologists and motivates that she is a risk taker – she loves new challenges and her bubbly personality kept the ladies entertained. With all trials and tribulations, she is where she wants to be today and thank God for making her strong and encourage other women to rise above your circumstances by taking the first step.

We had various artists, Crystal Swanson born in Elsies River included, our very own CRCH artist, Arlene Esau, Melanie and Vincent Voegt, from Bonteheuwel , Janet Williams from Ravensmead and Aneeshia October from Manenberg. Cape Flats got Talent, I say. These artists entertained our guests who enjoyed it thoroughly.

Each of the ladies were given at the end of the event a Fruit Basket, and a goody bag and this was thanks to the following donations. Special thanks to all our sponsors who made this event possible and ensured the resounding success:

Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel; Athlone Pharmacy, AV Direct, Buchanan Boyes (STBB), B Square Architects, Café Roux , Cambridge University Press, Church in Westridge, Cool bananas, Candice Rudman and friends – Jan Dekker; Aniela Swider;Good hope Foundation, Intergrated Sweet Importers, Jacobs Family, Karryn Cartoulis, Titilayo Adedokun-Helm, Light and healing Centre, Light saver, Loud and Clear, Maitland Farms, Nadene Rolston, Bellville Town Lodge, Ruiters Family, Snyman Family, Cape Chameleon, Tracy Rosslind, Shimmy’s Beach Club, Willemse Family, Zalia Lategan, Cape Chameleon, Winchester Mansions



Group photo on steps

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