No Newsletter is available for January 2013
No Newsletter is available for January 2013
Dear Friends of Thand’usana
On behalf of Thand’usana and myself, we would like to wish each and every one of our loyal Sponsors, supporters and volunteers, a very prosperous and Blessed 2013! A time for new beginnings….. “ In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth” (Gen 1v 1) In so doing He laid the foundations of everything else that was to come. We pray that the Lord has laid a great foundation for Thand’usana for 2013, with wonderful things ahead.
We give thanks to God for the safe return of our staff and volunteers from their travels all over, during the festive season.
We had a visit from the ladies of the Catholic Women’s League, who donated some lovely knitted teddies to us, as well as another donation of lovely knitted teddies, from The Dept of Health, kindly knitted and provided by Colleen Calitz and the ladies from St Hugh’s Anglican Church.
We had a get-together of all the other Safe Homes in December and it was so nice to see everyone, to sort out all our problems and to have a chat and a very refreshing glass of iced tea – thanks Denise!
Nexia SAB-T came and did some painting of our window sills and put some putty on our window frames, they had great fun! – Thanks Guys!
We had a quiet Christmas, not many visitors. To everyone who brought gifts for the children or staff, thank you very very much! We put up a lovely Christmas tree, which the children were very enamoured with. We received a lovely sweet basket from Brian and Sharon Hodgson, which we shared with the children and staff.
We received some awesome donations, one amazing donation from a couple, who wish to remain anonymous, as well as from Alexander Rd High School and from NMMU International Office.
Thand’usana is so blessed, sometimes when we run out of things, we used to be worried, but now we know it just arrives – God is so good! Here the rule applies “Ask and ye shall receive” This Home is run on High Octane Faith and incredibly good hearts!
We were asking for a compactum – we got our compactum, together with a lovely sleigh cot, thanks Kathleen!
We asked for pots and pans – we got pots and pans, thanks Audrey and Nexia SAB-T
A little Gremlin crept into the Dec Newsletter – Should have read “Thanks for the computer to Adele and Mazars”, so sorry, please accept my humble apologies.
And so starts another year..
Greetings to All
Trusting this finds you all well!
We are getting close to Easter and this time of the year always makes me sad, as I think of our poor Saviour on the cross, dying for our sins, then I think, if it was me, I would say – was it worth it? Praise God it is not me, but our wonderful Jesus! I’d say we are very fortunate indeed!!
On a lighter note, it is also time for the Easter Bunny and I am sure everyone is looking forward to those yummy chocolates! – Talking about which, Thand’usana are going to make some Easter Goodies, which we would like to sell through our youth, so please support us!
One of our little ones has gone to his new home and the very next day we received a new little boy, almost 4 months old!
Lauren and her team from the Dept of Health came and gave us a talk on children’s milestones and also showed us how to make low-cost toys. It was very informative and enjoyed by all. We had invited all the other Safe Homes and we had a very good turn-out, just as well we had it in one of our Church halls!
Celeste came and gave us some Laughter Therapy again, but unfortunately it was a bit disruptive, as toddler N was in a crying mood and the staff were a bit busy that morning, but it was good nevertheless – thank you so much Celeste, also for those wonderful products you always spoil the babies with!
I went to NMMU again, to do my annual talk to the International Students and as a result we have some lovely young ladies coming on Mondays and Thursdays to volunteer here. Thanks Nuala for organizing this for us every year.
Michelle v d Westhuizen came and gave the staff Flu injections at a very reasonable price – Thank you so much Michelle, for all you do for us!
Baby Z had a hearing test and there seems to be a problem with his left ear. We are going again on the 4th March for a more in-depth test (Brain Stem Test) Thank you so much Karien, for doing this for us Pro Bono!
We had a visit from Candice and her team from Triopticon, who brought us lots of lovely baby goodies, some nappies and baby blankets included.
We had a visit from Clarendon Park School and they brought some soft toys for the children.
Dear Friends of Thand’usana
Hope you all had a very blessed Easter! Very wet, but blessed nonetheless!
Well, the Easter Bunny has come and gone and I think far too much chocolate has been consumed! We were going to make some chocolates for Easter, for the Youth to sell, but the time caught up with us! Maybe we will think of it earlier next year.
Winter is slowly creeping up on us, there is a definite chill in the air, one cannot go without a jersey or jacket most of the early mornings and evenings now.
It has been a relatively quiet and uneventful March, the only highlight being the Baby Festival, organised by Michelle v d Westhuizen, the Nursing Sister who does our babies’ immunizations for us. It was held at King’s Court in Walmer, where we had a stall, kindly sponsored by Michelle – Thanks so much Michelle! We made about R846, selling armbands and obtaining pledges for our “Bottles for Babies campaign. Most of the money came from the pledges though!
Most of the month was taken up by taking children to audiologists, clinics and fetching medication from the various hospitals.
Two of our Committee members had a birthday in March, on the 28th. Glenda and Irene, hope it was very happy and that you were both thoroughly spoiled!
Our only little Roses’ case has now been handed over to Denise Douglas-Henry at AFM /Abba Adoptions and I am sure things are going to speed up now and that she will soon have her own family! There might be something in the pipeline for our “man of the house”, so please pray that he may find a good place to settle down.
With all the wind we have had lately, we have had to replace two windows, which proved to be quite costly! Port Elizabeth is known as the Windy City, but the way it has been blowing and out of season, mind you, is really “over the top” as they say!
We are wanting to do a bit of revamping – moving the office to a larger room in the house, so that Beauty can join me in the office, so that I can teach her the finer points of the computer, so when I am away, she can hold the Fort! If anyone has an old desk they would like to get rid of, that we could use for Beauty, we would be very grateful.
The old office would then suffice as a canteen for the staff where they could rest during their lunch breaks.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Rev Rodger’s mom, Esme, a speedy recovery after her surgery and pray that she will soon be back on her feet.
Dear Friends of Thand’usana
What lovely weather we have been having lately, it seems like we have slipped back into summer!
It was Toddler N’s birthday on the 24th March and it was such a lovely day, that we took the chairs, tables, the birthday cake, cool drink and all the eats and had the party outside – The children had a ball! The bonus was - no cake to scrape off the floor and no sticky cool drink spills to mop up!
We are now down to 4 children, as both babies have now left us! Baby D has now been reunited with his mother and baby Z has been transferred to his new home, pending adoption. It probably won’t be long before we are full-house again!
We are expecting our little Rose, Toddler J to be going to her new home soon. She has been quite ill, running a temperature, up one minute, then we manage to get the temperature down with medication, then it just spikes again. We eventually had to take her to the doctor, to get an Antibiotic! Toddler R started the ball rolling with the high temperature, but we managed to get him well without Antibiotic, but it took 4 days, apparently some kind of Virus!
It seems as if Toddler R might be leaving us sometime in June, as the Social Worker has managed to find a place for him in a Child and Youth Care Centre, outside of Port Elizabeth.
Beauty and I have now moved into our “New Office.” We managed to find her a desk – thanks Norma! We are now very comfortable there. The old office will now become a canteen for the staff, but still has to be sorted, at this stage.
Mr Louw from Tiger Brand Foods, kindly donated loads of Purity Foods, Baby toiletries, laundry wash etc, we are so grateful for this – a heartfelt thank-you!
We had a visit from “On the Rock Ministries”, who brought us a whole lot of baby products, milk, juice, gloves, wet wipes etc. They also prayed for our children. It was lovely meeting them!
We received a wonderful donation from Rualda Witfield, from her husband, Allan’s Estate – a whopping R10,000!! Allan was very passionate about Thand’usana and this was his wish, to leave this money to Thand’usana. We also received a lovely framed photograph of Allan, taken with 3 children from the Home, which will take pride of place in our “Gallery”
We had our quarterly visit from Clarendon Park School and great fun was had by all the children. Our children really enjoy playing with the older children. They brought the children some toys! We appreciate and look forward to their visits!
And speaking about looking forward – we are looking forward to a visit from Celeste again, to come and de-stress us with some Laughter Therapy!
We had a visit from Warmer Park Shopping Centre and they donated some lovely Teddies – thanks Guys!
I gave a talk on what we do here at Thand’usana, to the ladies of The Newton Park Methodist Church WA, and I really enjoyed the morning with them and hope that they found the talk informative!
Dear Friends of Thand’usana
It’ June already and we are halfway through the year! It’s incredible how the time is flying! When children say the time is going fast, it’s scary.
From lovely Indian Summers to freezing cold, it won’t be long before everyone has the dreaded Flu again!
We have had great excitement on the property on the 18th of May, as our Reverend, Rev Rowan Rodgers was betrothed to Sharon Bretteny! The Reverend and Mrs Rogers are off oversees on a month’s honeymoon. We wish them well for their future together.
We had four children, then Toddler J (our little rose) was adopted, then we received a new addition, Toddler S, (girl). We are now waiting for two boys, both around 2 yrs, one from hospital and the other one from a private home, then we will be full-house again.
We might not be full-house for long though, as it seems as if toddler R and toddler JT might be leaving us soon.
We would like to say a special thank-you to Dr Gebers (Paediatrician) who so kindly did the assessments for Toddler J’s adoption, at no charge!
A special thank-you as well to John McFadden (one of our handymen) for fixing our compactums, etc I would like to apologize to our other handyman, Mervyn Roberts, for spelling his name incorrectly, in our May Newsletter. Thank you Norma for pointing it out. I spelt it Mervin – sorry about that!
We donated some of our left-over dummies to EP Child and Youth Care Centre and received some lovely shoes in return.
Our International students from NMMU have left and are going back home, we are going to miss them!
It was Norma (Missions Coordinator NPMC) and Audrey’s birthdays on the 15th and 21st of May respectively and we hope they each had a super day and that they were thoroughly spoiled.
Unfortunately we had to cancel our laughter Therapy for May, as something came up and then Celeste had to leave on a trip, but she very kindly sent us some lovely Annique baby products.
Greetings, One and All!
“Unless the lord builds the house: their labour is but lost that build it.” Psalm 127
The Lord has definitely built this house, it is so blessed! We need – we get, long may the blessings continue, we thank you Lord, in Jesus name Amen.
Well, the little boy we were waiting for from the hospital, turned out to be a girl! She cannot swallow, so we have to feed her though a tube that has been inserted into her abdomen. We are all very nervous, but the staff are coping well, God is with us! Fortunately this is not a permanent thing, when the Drs deem the time is right, she will undergo an operation to repair the oesophagus. It will probably be done in Cape Town. After the op, we will have to teach her to eat and swallow, as it will be a first for her! She will probably have to have speech Therapy as well, lucky for us we have Janet Whitehouse, who has always helped us in the past and I’m sure, will be only too happy to help! (See what we mean about blessings!) The other child we were expecting has not turned up, so we currently have 5 children.
We would like to say a big thank-you to Mr Pow Chong from Alpha Pharm, who, once again, came through for us with a wonderful donation of nappies! This is one of our big expenses and we are so grateful!
Another wonderful donation, was from FNB, who gave us an awesome donation of baby goodies – thanks guys, you are stars. (see our “Gallery for pics)
Thanks John, for once again coming to do repairs on our window catches, etc, we are going to have to call you again soon I’m afraid!
One of our International Students, who has already returned home, is bringing her family out to South Africa and we are looking forward to meeting them, they are visiting us on the 3rd of July..
The date for the Music Trivia Evening that we have planned for Thand’usna’s birthday month, has been moved to the 19th of October and not the 5th as previously planned, as there was a problem with double bookings – see more under “Fundraising” further on in the newsletter.
We are having our AGM on the 18th of July and everyone is welcome to attend, if you would just please let me know if you are coming, I would be grateful. It will be taking place in the NPMChurch Chapel at 7pm
We wish all the school-going children a blessed holiday and may they go back to school fully charged!
Dear Friends of Thand’usana
We have had a very busy month, with children coming and going, plus a very busy “Mandela Day”.
We would like to thank everyone for all the awesome donations, we even received a twin pram!
We are full-house again at the moment, until Monday, when Ranaldo will be leaving us, to go to a Child and youth Care Centre. We have had two additions since toddler JT left. The tables have turned – the girls now outnumber the boys!
Toddler R had his birthday party, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Don’t forget to look at the pics in the Gallery!
The AGM has come and gone, so now we are looking towards a happy, healthy and prosperous year, till the next AGM, with God’s help!
Toddler L has now received her Mick-key, we had it inserted on Monday 29th July, so now we don’t have horrible long catheter pipes and ugly big dressings, it is so much better for her! Thanks to Greenacres Hospital Pharmacy for obtaining it for us at a good price!
We had our quarterly staff meeting “Thand’usana Talks” on the 23rd of July, where we discuss and iron out any problems, as well as share our joys with one another.
I was meant to do a talk at NMMU for the International Students that would like to volunteer while they are here in SA, but unfortunately I was laid up in bed with Flu! I would like to thank Nuala for standing in for me and arranging the volunteers that signed up to help out at Thand’usana.
We have had a few young ladies from various schools, coming to Thand’usana for their Community Service hrs, we wish them well with their projects!
Don’t forget to book your table for the Music Trivia Evening on the 19th of October, - see our fundraising slot further on for more info.
We received a wonderful cash donation from Friedman Scheckter and clothes and toys from ATM Solutions – Thank you so much!
We also received a generous donation from the grade 7’s of Herbert Hurd Primary School, thanks to Barbara, for collecting it on my behalf, even though I put her on the spot!
Hi to All !
I’m back from my trip oversees and cannot believe that the time went so quickly, seems like yesterday that I was getting ready to leave!
Beauty had to do a talk to a group of people at a firm called Worley Parsons and she coped quite well! Sometimes it’s a good thing when I am not here, so it forces people to do things they don’t normally do, thereby gaining experience, I am very proud of her! Check out the pics in the Gallery!
A huge thank-you to Nola for taking the children to hospitals/clinics, while I was away, you are a rare gem, your family are very lucky to have you!
One of our little ones left during my absence, so now we have 5 – place for one more! Now there is only one thorn between the roses!
We had a visit from Marius, (Marius and Gary from Holland, who used to sponsor our little Natasha) it was so nice to see him again! Glenda came as well and we had a lovely afternoon. Marius had come to do some voluntary work at Aurora, There is a special place in Heaven for you!
Lynette van Wyk organized a Baby/Toddler Seminar at her home in Summerstrand, where I did a short talk on Thand’usana and once again we were the beneficiaries of a load of donations! Each person that attended was asked to bring a donation towards our home. Thank you so much Lynette, for always being so supportive of Thand’usana!
We have a very nice group of young ladies from NMMU (International students) giving us a hand 3 afternoons a week. It’s very interesting to hear the various accents and to learn where they come from. Two of them are going to follow a career in nursing, so that’s great for both parties – we are getting their help and they are gaining experience!
We have also had quite a few high school students doing Community Service Projects again, we wish them well with that.
We received a wonderful donation of fleecy red blankets from Ellies (Pty) Ltd, thanks so much to them.
Whew, what a busy month, with umpteen clinic and hospital visits, one baby leaving, another 2 arriving, (so now we are full house again – 3 boys / 3 girls), plus the Kids and Baby Expo, over the weekend of the 27,28 and 29th of September. All the little ones have been sick with fevers and runny noses as well!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda Harwood, for once again letting us have a free stand and a big thank-you to all the ladies who so kindly filled in their slots at the Expo and by the sounds of things, had a lot of fun! We got a lot of exposure (thanks to Ruwalda and Lynn for handing out all those cards!) We also received quite a few donations, which will go far in buying necessities for the home, our grateful thanks to all concerned.
We also had a visit from Clarendon Primary School – they are regular visitors and really enjoy playing with the children.
We had a Fundraising meeting in September, and we are all very excited about our upcoming Music Trivia Evening on the 19th of October! I hope everyone received the email I sent with the advert of the Music Trivia Evening, as I have had no response from anyone as yet – please folks, we need your support! All you have to do is make up a table of 8, bring your picnic basket, or plate to share, as you prefer, there will be a cash bar available. The tickets are R60 entrance fee. The venue is the Veteran Car Club in Conningham Street (opp SABC) If you cannot make up a table, that’s not a problem, there will be lots of friends for you to meet and join at a table. The tickets are available at Thand’usana Tel 041-3657224.
We received a huge donation of nappies, wet wipes, formula, surgical gloves, groceries, cleaning products, etc etc from the Viljoen Family, thanks Guys we are so grateful! We are also very grateful to Faith Fisher, who runs the Herbert Hurd Drama Club, they put on a show and all the proceeds came to Thand’usana, in the form of R1580.00 worth of nappies!
Dawn Fulton has been hard at work at Thand’usana, giving up a lot of her time, painting the most beautiful pictures on our nursery walls, she is almost done and it looks stunning! Our grateful thanks go to her – you are a star! Any one that would like to come and have a look, you are most welcome!
The children have been enjoying the lovely warm weather that we have been having – let’s hope it holds! I’m sure that is where all the ailments come from – one minute freezing, the next minute so hot, one could hardly breathe!
Greetings to All
Wow, what a thunderstorm we had the other night! I was convinced the world was coming to an end! I was so worried about the children being scared of the thunder, so I got out of bed and went to check and can you believe it, they didn’t even stir!
We had our Music Trivia evening on the 19th of October, in aid of Funds, as well as to celebrate Thand’udana’s 5th birthday! It was a roaring success, everyone had a great time! It was such a lot of fun, we must really do it again, but this time everyone must participate! We were hoping to get more of our Corporate Sponsors to join us, however we did have 2 joining us, our grateful thanks to Klinimed Pharmacy and Burmeisters for their valued support! Thanks to them as well for sponsoring prizes for the event.
We would also like to thank Newton Park Spar, Fruit and Veg City and their butchery, Lynette from Tan-Trim Beauty Salon, Janet Whitehouse Pat Grebe and everyone who donated prizes for the Music Trivia, we appreciate your kind support! A special thanks to Gwen Hibberd for making delicious fudge for sale, the proceeds of which went to Thand’usana. Thanks to Dennis Hibberd for organising the venue for us, as well as being a super barman!
As the Staff were unable to attend the Music Trivia Evening, we had our own little private party to celebrate Thand’usana’s Birthday and the children enjoyed their party outside in the form of a picnic, we were lucky to have a beautiful day!
Our gratefully thanks to the Nomad Bowling club for their kind donation of R1000, it is very much appreciated. I collected the cheque on Sunday the 20th October, from their club. It was so nice to chat to everyone there.
Toddler L was admitted to Dora Nginza Hospital on 2 occasions, to have the opening in her neck stretched, as it tends to narrow after a while. Sometimes the fibres from her clothes get into the opening and cause it to block.
We have once again accommodated scholars from Morningside School to volunteer for a few hours for their projects. They really enjoy playing with the children, so their assignment becomes fun, rather than a chore! At the same time our children enjoy interacting with younger folk!
If there are any companies out there that are willing to sponsor us with High Chairs (Feeding chairs), all of our high chairs are falling apart, so we are in dire need of 6! We will be most grateful!
We had a Gremlin in the October newsletter - we were blessed with an extra baby that wasn’t with us, Baby D has long since left us – so sorry about that!
To use the much used, old cliché, but time really is going fast. I canot believe that Christmas is almost upon us. It seemed like just yesterday that we were decorating the tree!
We were shocked to hear of Miemie’s motor accident! She had been to visit her mother over the weekend, in Motherwell and she was coming back with a lift, with 5 other people in the car, when a truck collided with their car. She has a badly crushed (right) arm, a crushed thumb and has lost her little finger. Please pray for her, as it is going to take a long time for her to heal.
Our 2 little ones are going for their 6 week immunizations soon and I would like to say a huge thank-you to Michelle van der Westhuizen for doing their immunizations at no charge – God bless you!
A very enterprising young lady, Ashleigh Meyers, owner of Dear Lulu Clothing, had a Fashion Show in Aid of Thand’usana and presented us with R5000! Ashleigh is a Student at Theodor Herzel High School – your parents, principal and teachers must be very proud of you!
We had a vist from a few children from Clarendon Park School, and great fun was had by all!
We celebrated Baby J’s (our only little Rose’s ) first birthday on the 4th December and the children had a ball, eating Flings and cake, but we had a job getting them to have their nap – they were bouncing off the walls – sugar rush!
The Circle of Joy ladies got together at my place a few weeks ago, to make gift tags to sell at the Newton Park Methodist Church Food Fare, on the 7th December. Thand’usana will be having a stall there, from 5.30 to 9pm Please support us. There will be lots of goodies for sale and food at very reasonable prices.
We had a table at the Christmas in The Home Expo, at Moffet on Main on Friday, where we hoped to wrap shopper’s Christmas presents for donations, But we didn’t do much wrapping, but managed to get over R800 worth of donations, which is not to be sniffed at!
Our grateful thanks to all the ladies that helped, either with making gift tags, or offering up their time at the Expo, it is greatly appreciated!
Celeste is coming on the 5th December to give us some more Laughter Therapy, so we can de-stress! Thank you Celeste, we look forward to these sessions, they are great fun!
Baby JT, J and N are all starting to walk at the same time, we are really going to have our work cut out for us!
Our Home is being painted at the moment and Nexia SAB-T (the kind people that bring our groceries every month), are going to come and paint the window sills, window frames and all the trims, etc.
We are very grateful to Adele and all at Investec for that wonderful donation of a computer, a definite upgrade to our current one – thanks so much!
Finally, to each and every family, Thand’usana wishes you a blessed, peaceful Christmas and a God-filled new year.
This will be our last newsletter for the year, the next one will be at the end of January/beginning February 2013.