Donation from Martin Colman and N1 Restaurant Suppliers

Waterfront Rotarian Martin Colman recently delivered 100kg chicken portions, 33,5 kg of Dot doughnuts, children’s and adults clothes to Christine Revell Children’s Home. The food was donated by N1 Restaurant Suppliers and Martin’s family donated the clothes etc.
Thanks so much for the time and thought that you put into this donation. We are truly grateful. 

Vanguard Mall selects CRCH as its Mandela Day charity organization

Christine Revell Children’s Home was nominated by the Vangate Mall tenants as their Mandela Day Charity organization for 2020. We were contacted by Anthea Oostendorf, Marketing Manager at Vanguard Mall, requesting a “needs” list from us. Based on that, we received a wonderful range of sponsored items. We were so touched by this kindness and extend our warmest thanks to Anthea and Vanguard Mall management and all the tenants who donated goods for the children in the Home. Staff were treated to a KFC lunch and cool drinks, and Nandos also donated some of their sauces.

The sponsors were:
• Dr Parker
• Honeys Stationary
• Toy Traffic
• Woodlands Dairy
• Pick n Pay
• Woolworths
• KFC
• Nandos
• Montague Fruit

Pictured below are the ladies from Vangate Mall. Anthea Oostendorf – Marketing Manager, Melanie Thomas – Office Administrator, Shelly Ruiters – CRCH Kitchen Assistant, Arlene Esau – CRCH and Lucinda Mocke – Vangate Mall Centre Manager. Thanks too to Washiela from Pick n Pay Customer Service.

Some of our children playing with their new toys. They couldn’t have been happier!

Celebrating Rowena Webb

Pictured here: Rowena with Lea Willemse and Gloria Makalime, two of our staff members

Rowena Webb was born in Riverlea in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was the youngest of 4 children, 2 sisters and a brother. The family moved to Cape Town, where Rowena attended St Cyprian’s School and at the age of 9 was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She accepted her condition and lived a normal life growing up as a diabetic. She always had many friends, loved socializing, dancing, reading and music.

She did promotional work in her early career and also some Public Relations work but worked in the Home Loans environment for the majority of her career, her last position being an Executive Consultant for SA Home Loans. She loved her career and was passionate about making a material difference to people’s lives by assisting them in placing a secure roof over their heads, through her bond approvals.

Over this time, in 2006 Rowena was diagnosed with total kidney failure and commenced with dialysis treatment. In 2008 she was successfully selected for a donor kidney transplant but unfortunately, the transplant was unsuccessful. Instead of allowing that to deter her from her life’s goals and ambitions, she decided to immerse herself in her career and continued with her 3 dialysis sessions per week. In 2010 Rowena had her first partial left foot amputation, and in 2011 her second amputation of her right leg amputated below the knee. She commenced rehabilitation therapy and after 3 weeks was discharged for re-entry into the world. Her company adapted her work vehicle to enable her to drive herself to work and back and she obtained a prosthetic limb and learned to walk on it with the aid of crutches in a very short space of time.

Rowena was an ardent Manchester United supporter since the age of 14 and through her drive and determination was the recipient of an incentive award at work in 2014 which partially funded a trip to the UK, where she was fortunate enough to have been a guest at the MUDSA 25th anniversary dinner where she met many of the celebrity footballers on the evening. She also engaged the Manchester United Disabled Supporter’s Association to attend a game at Old Trafford and met all the players directly after the game, followed by being interviewed for her story to be included in MUDSA’s magazine, Rollin’ Reds. They were very taken in by her positive attitude to life that she was subsequently requested to submit articles for publication.

In November 2015 Rowena had to undergo another amputation through the knee on her left leg.

After her rehabilitation period, Rowena turned to regular exercise and diet control to maintain optimum health and manage her medical conditions more efficiently. She was fiercely independent, still very career driven and chose to live on her own, including doing all her own cooking, despite being wheelchair-bound.

For those who were fortunate enough to meet her, Rowena was an inspiration and a powerhouse of energy, and most will say that despite her being in a wheelchair you never regarded her as being disabled.

In 2018 she published a biography called Impossible is Nothing on her life story and appeared on the SABC morning Expresso show’s Monday motivational slot. For years she did motivational speaking at various organizations as well as schools.

One of her greatest passions was giving back to the community and she supported numerous charities through not only funding but by getting involved and giving unselfishly of her time. This included choosing to spend Christmas Days, 25 December 2019 with the children and staff at Christine Revell Children’s Home, serving them a lovely Christmas lunch and dessert. The children and staff enjoyed spending time with her. Rowena was also asked to be the guest speaker at the 2020 Annual Women’s Day Event of Christine Revell Children’s Home, that normally takes place on the 9th of August, but then Covid-19 made her appearance and lockdown restriction was implemented.

Rowena sadly passed away on Monday 22nd June 2020 and leaves a legacy of beautiful memories behind for those whose lives she touched and enriched.

Meat donation from Direct Axis

Direct Axis recently donated R4000 worth of meat to the Christine Revell Children’s Home. On behalf of management and all at the Home, we extend a huge thank you for this wonderful donation. It directly contributes to the well being of up to 49 children in our care.    

Let’s get quizzical! A Waterfront Rotary Club fundraising event.

Beat the lockdown blues and join the Waterfront Rotary Club for a fun-filled evening hosted by Professional Quizmaster Simon Gerber.

Prizes up for grabs!

Book your spot here on Quicket. Tickets limited to 300pax.

Date: 3 June 2020

Time: 20h00 – 21h30

Location: Zoom (link to follow after registration), answers to be submitted via Whatsapp to quizmaster

Cost: R150 per household

All proceeds to be donated to Christine Revell Children’s Home, for PPE for the staff who care for the children.

Learn more about this fundraising evening here.



Introducing our Brand Ambassador – Tracy-Lee Rosslind

We are thrilled that Tracy-Lee Rosslind is an Ambassador for Christine Revell.

For those unfamiliar with Tracy-Lee, she is a TV presenter, an entrepreneur, producer and motivational speaker and an accomplished stylist and yet still has time to launch her own company that features a range of hair products and nail varnish. She is no stranger to Glamour Magazine and is regularly featured therein. 

She started her professional career in the modeling and TV industry at the age of nine. Her clientele consists of some of the best artists in Africa and her styled music video had a hit count exceeding 100 million You Tube hits. 

Tracy-Lee started volunteering at Christine Revell when she was in Grade 8 in partnership with the interact program. Her passion lies in supporting vulnerable children and adults. Tragically, like so many, Tracy-Lee has experienced various forms of abuse from the tender age of 4  and her experience of the pain and alienation that abuse causes, has given her the heart to speak out loud and clear for those that feel they have no voice.

Tracy-Lee works with abused children and adults both in South Africa and Chicago and she is also an ambassador for the Reeve Steenkamp Foundation.

Today, Tracy-Lee gets energized and excited when she is able to empower women – her goal for 2020 is to employ 200 people.

Her heart breaks at the inequality in our country and the devastation that abuse causes to so many.

Tracy-Lee – we are proud to have you as an Ambassador for Christine Revell Children’s Home.

Annual Carols by Candlelight

At Christine Revell, our end of the year Carols by Candlelight is always a much looked forward to event and this year was no exception. We were blessed with not one, but two, brass bands who delighted the audience by playing carols, old and new to get everyone in the Christmas mood. The children were so excited – dressed ready for Christmas and with just one thing on their mind – the arrival of Santa, and of course he did not fail them!

Aided by six elves, the children were called individually to meet Santa and receive their gifts. Huge excitement followed as they tore the wrapping apart and expressed their utter delight. The evening is also a time where we are blessed by the generosity of so many who came laden with much needed gifts – nappies, wet wipes, toilet paper as well as  other much needed supplies. The space under the tree was full of these generous gifts. We were also blessed by so many people bringing gifts for our children to open on Christmas morning.

As Grace Fabe, our General Manager said so aptly “A heartfelt thanks to all who took the time, effort and money to bless our children. The greatest gift is inside of you. Lots of Love”.   Grace – beautifully put and we echo those sentiments.

Spiro’s Cycle Ride

Spiro Mitchell, a member of the Christine Revell Management board and a member of the Waterfront Rotary, undertook a special charity ride for Christine Revell. He and a team of friends and colleagues cycled from UnWINEd to the Cape Town Waterfront. They were aided by a police escort and arrived in great style. This charity ride raised an incredible R8,000 for Christine Revell.

Thank-you Spiro – your hard work was magnificently rewarded!

Annual Dance Fundraiser

Thank you to all concerned  for making this much needed fundraiser such a success!

Farewell Alicia

The end of such an amazing era

After 22 years of service to Christine Revell our Director, Alicia  Rhoda,  has said farewell as she approaches a new chapter in her life.

We will miss her  tremendously but her legacy and lasting impact  in the home will continue.

Alicia started in July 1997 as the Creche Co-ordinator and was promoted to the Director’s Assistant in 1998 before being appointed Director in 2000. She has been instrumental in growing the Home from near collapse to the successful institution it is today, greatly assisted by the Waterfront Rotary Club members’ representatives that serve on our Management and Board of Trustees.

Alicia`s passion was the well-being of the children – she loved them deeply and was their greatest advocate. She was equally passionate about the training and development of the staff and in an emotional farewell ceremony, the staff blessed her with gifts, affirming messages, and an atmosphere of love.

As much as we will miss her, she departs with our blessing and with our love and gratitude for a job well done. We are also thrilled and delighted to welcome her successor – Grace Fabe – watch this space for a full introduction shortly.

Past Management Committee Members

In September we bid a fond farewell to three of our Management Board members:

Natasha Wilson

Natasha has been involved on our Committee for some 3 years taking responsibility for our PI including our webpage and newsletters. She fulfilled this diligently and always accommodated new ideas.

Natasha scaled down her involvement after the birth of her child which is a life changing event, but one of life’s most beautiful experiences.

Thank you very much for your valued support. We value the time you spent with us and we wish you and your young family well.

Alfons Genseberger

Alfons has been on our Committee for close to 10 years and took ownership of the maintenance of the building and its equipment. This he did enthusiastically having set up a book for recording problems requiring attention which could have entries from any member of staff. This would be monitored to ensure all identified problems were addressed.

Alfons also took charge of the repainting of our asbestos roof which is thankfully in good condition and good for another 5 to 10 years.

Alfons was always available to back me up when I was on leave such as when the borehole was drilled as well as on other occasions.

Thanks you very much for all your efforts Alfons. We will miss your involvement.

We wish you all the very best in preparing for your move to Holland.

Yusuf Patel

Mohamed introduced Yusuf to our Management Committee in 2017/2018 and he immediately participated by obtaining some donations through his many connections.

I was delighted when he offered to assist with the updating of our various policies, of which we have many. He really added value which is a necessity to conclude as his suggestions were generic to all our policies.

We understand his new venture into farming in the Saldanha area is not conducive to participating in our Manco committee and we wish Yusuf well in this venture.

Thank you to all – we have enjoyed and benefited from your involvement.

Water Filtration System

Running a Childrens Home from an older building and the ongoing maintenance issues associated with an aging building  is a full time challenge.

Pieter Postema, Chairman of the Management Board knows more about these challenges better than anyone, having worked in the construction sector for 40 years on major building projects in Southern Africa.

As part of an endeavour to reduce our ongoing operational costs relative to Municipal services we have embarked on a water saving project and will soon be commencing with a solar electricity project.

The water saving project involved sinking a borehole and passing the water through a sophisticated filtration process so as to provide potable water. In so doing we will reduce our dependency on Municipal supply and reduce our monthly costs thereof. In the event of another drought resulting in severe  water restrictions, we hope to remain self-sustainable and be capable of providing the Home with the necessary supply of potable water to suit our daily demands.

The total project cost including perimeter walling and security amounted to R384,415 and funds are fully secured. The project has not been without its problems as many ground water projects are so unpredictable. Once our drilled hole was completed we had the water tested which called for a high degree of filtration. Subsequent to commissioning the installation we found we were pumping a large amount of clay and after much debate we installed two settlement tanks which appear to be successful. 

We need to run the system consistently for some time to ensure the final product is potable and suitable for our children and staff’s consumption.

Goodbye, Alicia

After 22 years of service to Christine Revell, Alicia has decided to move on. 

Alicia started in July 1997 as the Creche Co-ordinator and was promoted to the Director’s Assistant in 1998 before being appointed Director in 2000. She has been instrumental in growing the Home from near collapse to the successful institution it is today, greatly assisted by the Waterfront Rotary Club members’ representatives that serve on our Management and Board of Trustees.

We caught up with Alicia to ask her a few questions and in her characteristic modest way, she needed a bit of persuasion!

Q:  Looking back, Alicia, what have been your greatest challenges?

Alicia:  On a personal note, I always recall that when I was appointed Director, there was just R40,000 in the bank account and I had the unenviable task of explaining to staff that there may not be enough money to pay them. It was heartbreaking to see their reaction. So as I look back – it is with gratitude that this NEVER had to happen again. I feel so grateful for the ability to secure funding for operational costs and to facilitate the building up of a reserve fund – thanks to a strong Management Team and the expertise of the Management/Board of Trustees.

Q: What has brought you the most pleasure?

Alicia:  Making a  difference in the lives of the children. Coming in to work and getting hugs and smiles from the children is a priceless and special feeling. Seeing children scarred by their early- life events, gradually begin to heal and to see many reunited with families and others happily fostered  or adopted is a humbling and beautiful thing.

Q: A management board member recently said that you are tenacious and single minded  – a bit like a honey badger, in your fundraising and ability to secure much needed resources for the home……how do you react to that?

Alicia: It makes me smile! Everything I have done has always been for the children. Over the years we have been able to make such improvements to the Home as well as provide training and development for our staff – and as I look back on my happy years, this makes me feel very satisfied.

Q: As you depart (although we suspect and hope you will keep popping back often) what are your dreams and aspirations moving forward?

Alicia : Well, with my first grandchild on the way, I am going to enjoy being a  devoted Grandma before looking at the next phase of “making a  difference”.  Children have always played a major role in my career and life and that won’t change.

I wish the Home, the Management, Trustees and the staff the brightest and best futures and of course not forgetting our precious children to whom I wish futures that are happy, joy and love filled and brimming with hope!

And so ………….as we prepare to say farewell to Alicia, the next chapter approaches, interviews are well under way for her successor – watch out for the next newsletter for more details.

Wall of thanks

Mandela Day 2019 Initiatives

Firstly, we would like to thank everybody who chose Christine Revell Children’s home as a beneficiary. We were so privileged from Monday, 15thJuly to Sunday, 21 July, being visited by various companies, schools, individuals and families. Visitors interacted with the children through play, activities and also provided snacks. Many requested a list of our current needs so we were blessed with food donations, product donations, clothing, small appliances and other essentials. In order to quantify the donations in kind, it amounts close to R 40 000.

Special thanks to all who made Mandela week special for the children, staff and the organisation as a whole. 

  • Breast Care Foundation – party packs and toys
  • Transafrica Projects – microwave
  • AJ North – small appliances , baby essentials, supplies
  • College of Cape Town – fruits and chips
  • Matriarch Marketing – laundry baskets, baby products, mops and fruit
  • Athlone SAPS – safety talk, fruit packs, clothing and toiletries
  • Assupol – food processor, baby products, food supplies and treat for staff
  • Rylands Primary School – party packs, food supplies, disposable nappies and toiletries
  • The Property Investment Company with assistance from Brad Rogers @24Plumb
  • B. Smart – sandwiches
  • Pinelands High School – fruit and sandwiches
  • Risk Benefit Solutions – monthly food supplies
  • Pinehurst Primary School – toiletries and food supplies
  • Athlone Church of Christ Educare – clothing, shoes and groceries
  • Windsor High School – food supplies
  • ARB Holdings – financial donation towards needs
  • Impulse CPT – baby formula, soft toys, party packs and toiletries
  • Springfield Convent Junior School – clothing, shoes, books and toys
  • Alfonzo and Team (various businesses) donated their time and efforts by treating the staff with a lunch – saying thank you for what they do for the children – it was a lovely relaxing lunch time.
“What counts in Life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others. That will determine the significance of the Life we lead. “ – Nelson Mandela

With this in mind, Mandela Day should be every day. To those who spent it with us, we hope you enjoyed your time with our children and staff.

May 31, 2019

We are so grateful to the ORDER OF ST LAZARUS ( Cape Town) for the very generous donation of a  JoJo tank, slippers for the children and much needed nappies.

THANK-YOU – you have blessed us greatly and we are very grateful.

March 7, 2019

We are so grateful to PEP for the generous donation of a R5000 voucher. Our Director, Alicia, had such a wonderful time shopping for much needed supplies. She returned beaming with joy and laden with much needed supplies like disposable nappies, kiddies sandals, soap, waterproofs, wet wipes, underwear for the kids and so much more! Thank-you PEP for your generosity and support – we appreciate it!

DSC Attorneys Donates To Annual Bazaar

The Christine Revell Children’s Home annual bazaar, held at the end of March this year, raised more than R40,000 –funds that will make a real difference to our children and help us care for them. 

One of the contributors to our bazaar was personal injury law firm, DSC Attorneys.

DSC Attorneys staff at the Christine Revell Children’s Home

DSC Attorneys contributed much-needed supplies, helping ensure a memorable, successful bazaar.

[Caption: Supplies donated by DSC Attorneys.]

Our history with DSC Attorneys

Individual staff members from the firm –including partner, Kirstie Haslam –have been donating to Christine Revell Children’s Home for many years, and DSC Attorneys partnered with us in 2017. 

In that year, the firm sponsored a fun day out for the children at Bugz Family Playpark. More recently, our children enjoyed a day playing with DSC Attorneys’ staff. They also received colourful new bedding from the firm.

Thanks to everyone who helped

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time or donated goods to help make our annual bazaar a success!

To provide for the children in our care and create a nurturing, positive environment for them, we depend on the generosity of companies and individuals.

Consider supporting the Christine Revell Children’s Home by making a direct donation. We also publish an updated list of items we currently need for the children on ourwebsite

Annual Bazaar & Auction – 30 March 2019

Annual Bazaar & Auction – Saturday 30 March 2019 @ 08h00 – 12h00

Cake stall, food stalls & lots more!

YOU COULD DONATE GOODS LISTED BELOW TOWARDS THE STALLS / TO BE AUCTIONED

  • Cakes and Sweets; luxury hampers; Fruit and vegetables;
  • Crockery, cutlery and glassware towards “brick and brac” table
  • Furniture; appliances; Hampers of goods/ Vouchers to be auctioned
  • Paints; Computers, office equipment, furniture; paintings; appliances; pot sets
  • Kids and adults reading books, educational books/materials, stationery
  • Frozen pies and pot of curry/rice; viennas and rolls, rooties,
  • 500ml and 2 litre bottles of flavoured water/cooldrinks
  • Jewellery; accessories eg bags/ make up/shoes
  • Couture stall – clothing
  • Item to be auctioned

All proceeds will be donated to the home and will be allocated towards our ongoing expenses.

Happy Retirement

Arthur Roman, our driver and Maintenance worker for the past 6 years at CRCH. Mr Roman mentioned at his farewell that he wanted to give back to the community and working at CRCH , making a difference in the lives of our children, being on call and helping where needed – was a calling. We wish him well as he begins a journey – Happy Retirement, Mr Roman!!!

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Frozen and Spider-man themed Christmas Party

The children at CRCH was treated with snacks and cakes and each of them had a Party Dress and a princess Crown on. The children marvelled their outfits and high heels and twirled around on their toes like little ballerina’s. It was really great to see the children enjoying themselves. Special thanks to Karryn Cartoulis, family and friends who donated towards this event – Carrying on the legacy of Lauren Searle who started the backpack initiative already 10 years ago.

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