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!

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.

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!


  • 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!!!


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.


Christine Revell Children’s home – Carols by Candlelight 2018

A fun filled evening with entertainment thanks to the lovely Bev scott Brown and Lauren Hendricks, Maxine Smith and Joe Scaffers and the Valiant Hearts Christmas Band for playing while guests sang along at the Carols by Candlelight. Lots of smiling faces as Father Christmas called their names, the children hurriedly ran up ( some of them) other still wary of the white beard man in the red suit. Special thanks to AV direct and Sound engineer, Elroy, Photographer, Gavin Berry, and Sponsorship of tent by Base camp, Lightsaver (pty) ltd ,  Press Family, DG Murray Trust, Cupcakes from Caghrey West and everybody else who have helped make this event special.  There are always so many of you to thank – Wishing you all a blessed Christmas.


DSC Attorneys visit

On Thursday, 29th November 2018, the staff of DSC Attorneys visited our children, arranged a snack for the children and gave them lunch – Mcdonalds – they also arranged new duvet bedding and sheets for 30 beds. Pictures of the DSC staff making up the beds in the different bedrooms. Specials thanks for treating our children and putting a smile on their faces. Spider-man & Little Princess  and many more.

Thank you to the staff of DSC that interacted with our children and who made our children feel special.

DSC – https://www.dsclaw.co.za/

A Visit to Christine Revell Children’s Home



Uncle Willy’s Christmas Party

Every year 20 of our children are invited to Uncle Willy’s Party – Yesterday, 4th December 2018 was very exciting for the new comers to Group C.

The children enjoyed the playing with the straw although some of them ended up itching as the evening progressed. They loved being able to interact with the band, playing instruments, singing along with the piano and later when the fairy and Father Christmas came, it was magical for the kids. Special thanks to all the helpers , the characters and all volunteers who helped to make this event special for our children – We are very thankful that our children benefit from this initiative – As I spoke to one of the founder members, Vicky Kempthrone – she reminisced that when they started her daughter now already an adult in her late thirties was the little fairy.

Thank you all and we wish all of you Blessed Christmas – See you next year.

Adopt a child outing held on 3rd November 2018

Adopt a child outing held on 3rd November 2018 to Farm Yard Resort in Klapmuts. More than 98 adults, 68 children was carted in the Bus and 19 vehicles to the venue. The weather was great – “not too hot and not too cold” – Thank you to everybody who made this day a success – the children enjoyed the day and it was nice to see them with their respective hosts.

Thank you to Golden Arrow – especially Bronwyn Dyke-Beyers for arranging the sponsorship of the Bus for the day.

Message from Maxi Gaiser volunteer

To all the kids, staff members & everyone else at Christine Revell Children’s home!

My name is Maxi & I hope you do remember me as well as I do you all! Exactly one year ago, I took one of the best decisions so far & went on the plane to South Africa 🇿🇦! I was super scared, but also looking forward! And I couldn’t even have imagined, what live had in store for me. I chose the You2Africa project at your children’s home & I had the best time there! For real, the time in Capetown with you all was one of the best times I can remember & way to short. I loved every day & everyone of the precious little ones! I cannot stop missing this & so I thought, I should write you.

I hope you got my postcard for Christmas, I totally forgot to add my email address on it. And I hope everyone’s alright & happy! I miss Mathilda, Rayleen & their crèche especially, of course! They are wonderful people & the kids were ( and I bet they still are) so awesome and simply pure souls who deserve the world. I’m glad & so thankful that I got the chance two spend a great time at your children’s home & I will visit you again one day, I promise.

For me, a new part of my life started a week ago. I’m going to study medicine (more precise dental medicine) in a big town, far away from home. So far it’s very interesting to hear about all the different structures & functions in our bodies and I am so looking forward, to (hopefully) a smile of  my very first patient.

I would love to hear from you, since I keep missing this time so much!

Wishing you all the best & all the joy there is. Thank you very much again, for letting me spend this wonderful time at Christine Revell!

Greetings from the (so far) sunny Germany!

Maxi Gaiser


Christine Revell Children’s home fundraising dance held on Friday, 5th October 2018.

We would hereby like to thank all the patrons, who supported our dance – We are happy to report that the clear profit of just over R 36 000 was raised. Special thanks for donations towards the prizes from individuals, Snack and monetary donations from AJ Press, Lightsaver Pty ltd , host parents, Willoughby’s, Management members and Lewis Stores.

The Order of St Lazarus – they gave prizes, financial donation  towards the snacks/dance expenses 

The entertainment by DJ Ben catered for all likes. Unfortunately we did not have any donations of items for the silent auction which normally gets us to a profit margin of R 40 000+.

All proceeds will be used towards the precious little ones at our organisation.

A big thank you to the Dance Committee and the staff for their support and dedication towards the planning and preparations leading up to the dance, assistance at the dance and after the event. Salute to our Stalwarts – you know who you are!


Women’s Day 2018

I matter, you matter, and we all matter – in our denim and diamonds

Christine Revell Children’s home – Women’s Day 2018 honoured the women who volunteer their services at the home – We honoured approx 80 quests on Saturday, 11th August 2018. The Tsogo Sun Cullinan sponsored the breakfast for these women and we are extremely grateful for their commitment. The women from all walks of life, Trustees, management committee members, staff, volunteers and host parents, foster parents and sponsors were invited for this special brunch. The women were dressed for success, in their denim and diamonds and all of them looked stunning.

Financial donations received from Geduld family, Nawal du Toit, Light saver (Pty) Ltd, Maestro’s (Pty) Ltd, Shimmy’s, Loud and Clear, Megara Events and Willoughby was used to purchase some of the give away/ spot prizes, Clicks vouchers, Fruitree drinks and branded keyrings with our theme of  “I matter” which later became – “I matter, You matter, we matter”.

The theme was carried through in testimony by Marelyn Schultz that all of us matters. Marelyn shared that sometimes, we think that we cannot go on anymore, we have to remember that we matter, no matter what others say or do. Our MC, Latasha Storm furthermore carried the theme through her songs honouring the women for their services at CRCH with the children – emphasizing that “they matter” because they make the children feel special. The children “matter” to them and therefore as volunteers and host parents and staff, they spend their time to love and care for our children. Latasha Storm, a Pastor from Delft managed to get the women to believe in themselves and know in their hearts that they matter.

Other Artists who graced us with their talents in song were Vincent Voegt and Aneeshia October.

Besides the Women’s Day committee members, – Anneline, Arlene, Lea, Carmelita, Rayleen, Claudia, Bomkazi, Rosaline, Charmaine P and Alicia who donated in their personal capacities, we also had the following who assisted us in sourcing financial donations and/or gifts for our women’s day goody bags/ prizes: Karryn Cartoulis, Carol Clayton, Deidre Johannes, Candice Rudman, Tracey Heneke/ Chantel Bonzaaier.

Special thanks to all the sponsors of either gifts / items towards the goody bags:

Bargain Books, Truworths H/O, Hyundi Watkins Valuer, Bantry Bay Pharmacy, Athlone Pharmacy, Betterbond Home loans, STBB, Megara Events, Origin Coffee Roasters, Stone heart, Rhoda family, Pretorius family, Hilary’s Mind Body and soul, Satyam Ayurveda, The Sign Hive and RW design.

With the help of all the sponsors, we were able to bless these ladies with some spot prizes and also managed to give each of them a goody bag.

We managed to draw the raffle donated by Protea Hotel in Saldanah – Breakfast for 4 people and the winner was Mrs Merle Stober – no. 25. Congratulations to Mrs Stober.

Last but not least, thanks you to Peter Langeveldt who donated the frame with our Denim and Diamonds dress code, Gavin Jansen for donating the sound and playing the special songs of “shine bright like a diamond- Riyanna” and “Powerful by Alicia Keys” and Stephen Petersen – our photographer. Special thanks to the Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel staff who made us feel special and the Chefs who prepared the brunch for our women.

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Children’s rooms beautified

Tia, Tammy and her mom took on the challenge to beautify the bedrooms of the children as part of a school project. Special thanks to Tia and her family for making the children feel special.

Special time for babies

Special time for babies, supported by members from the community. Babies are really thriving. Thank you ladies.