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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