#teamDCH, our children’’s running group

January 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

The team at the Durbanville Children’s Home is back and we are ready to take on 2017.

As usual, we have a few projects that we want to launch this year. First up, we are raising funds for #teamDCH; our children’s running group.

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Our children just love running and taking part in any sporting activities. We have a group of young children that, with their social worker, Jessica Johannisen, runs on Mondays and Wednesdays. Throughout 2016 these children have been very dedicated and they have even taken part in two 5km trail runs.

We want to create a Team DCH (Durbanville Children’s Home) and would love to get t-shirts for these young runners.

Do you know anyone who could become part of this initiative?

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Should you be interested in sponsoring #teamDCH, please contact Jana at marketing@durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za

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Any donation would be much appreciated.

Our banking details are:

Bank: Absa

Account: Cheque

Name: Durbanville Kinderhuis

Account number: 1410 290 983

Branch: 632005

Please use RUNNING as a reference.

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Kinderhuiskersfees / Christmas in Children’s Home

December 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Prentjie deur ’n vyfjarige inwoner

Picture by one of our five-year old boys

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Saam met hierdie vyfjarige wens ons u almal ’n geseënde Kersfees, hoe u dit ook al vier.

All of us wish you a blessed Christmas, no matter how you choose to celebrate it.

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Hanlie Retief gesels met Ramey Short, ons beskermheer

December 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Die akteur Ramey Short is die beskermheer van die Durbanville Kinderhuis. Hanlie Retief het met hom gesels oor Kersfees en die lewe in die Kinderhuis.

Diegene wat hierdie blog volg, sal weet dat al ons inwoners se grootste versugting tog tyd is met hulle ouers. Dit is waarom ons so hard werk om gesinne weer te herenig. Ons is daar vir die inwoners, maar ons probeer nie die ouers se plekke inneem nie.

Ramey is een van die inwoners wat baie min tyd met sy ouers kon deurbring en hy vertel hier van die seer.

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Nog ’n oudinwoner van die Kinderhuis, Herman Lategan, het hieroor berig op Facebook. Lees gerus Herman se kommentare op die stuk.

As jy wil weet hoe om te help, klik asseblief hier.

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Johnny who came second – a guest blog

December 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

(Afrikaans en nog foto’s hieronder.)

This is a guest blog, details and more photographs below.

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Bronwyn George and Johnny Persents

A one-time orphan, now brilliant athlete, supported a young man from the Durbanville Children’s Home to win a trail run this morning. Johnny Persents is an Adidas Wild Runner. He is an ace cross-country athlete, a former national champion, and he has recently finished the London Marathon in 2:18.

Johnny grew up as an orphan. He still lives in Delft where he works hard to uplift his community.

This morning he chose to support the Durbanville Children’s Home’s Trail Run at D’Aria.

One of the hopefuls who also lined up was Bronwyn George, a young athlete who is growing up in the Children’s Home.

Johnny Persents recognised the young man from a few recent press clippings and decided to test his skills.

The two took the lead and Johnny pushed the youngster hard, testing his ability to read an opponent, to read a race and to understand the mind games that makes a good athlete. So often it is not the athlete with the strongest legs who wins, but is the one with the strongest mind.

Summary? Bronwyn still has a lot to learn, and Johnny wanted the young man to understand that.

In the end he allowed Bronwyn to take the race, but at the finish Johnny’s comment to him was: “Jy weet nog nie hoe om te hardloop nie.” (You do not yet know how to run.)

This, however, is not the end of the story. Johnny has agreed to help shape the young man’s future.

At present Bronwyn receives coaching at school and from Jacques van Rensburg, the husband of Jana van Rensburg who is an assistant at the Durbanville Children’s Home. Negotiations will now begin to see whether Bronwyn can become part of a training group where he can receive support from the likes of Johhny Persents and Elana Meyer.

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Die Durbanville Kinderhuis se veldren het vanoggend by D’Aria plaasgevind.

Verskeie van die Kinderhuiskinders het deelgeneem, maar die interessantste verwikkeling was toe Johnny Persents, een van Suid-Afrika se voorste landloopatlete, die jong atleet Bronwyn George, uitgedaag het. Johnny het jare se ondervinding en sou gemaklik kon wen, maar hy het besluit om Bronwyn te toets.

Die twee het outomaties vir die res van die veld weggehardloop, maar dit was die ouer man wat die hele tyd die jong hardloper se vaardighede uitgedaag het.

Bronwyn is goed, maar het nog baie om te leer, veral as hy met die groot manne wil meeding.

Johnny het Bronwyn laat sweet, en toe laat wen, met die woorde: “Jy weet nog nie hoe om te hardloop nie.”

Tog, daar en dan, het Johnny ook beloof om te kyk of hy Bronwyn kan deel maak van ’n oefenprogram waar hy sy raad en ervaring kan deel met die jonger atleet.

Bronwyn is ’n Kinderhuiskind en hy wil baie graag ’n groot atleet word. Daar is nog ’n baie lang pad voor, maar Johnny Persents het as ’n weeskind grootgeword en hy wil nou terugploeg.

Johnny word deur Adidas geborg en is ’n Adidas Wild Runner.

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The venue at D’Aria / Die veldren het by D’Aria plaasgevind

kh-img_6585Registration / Registrasie

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Monique is a young rock climber from the Durbanville Children’s Home who took part in the National Championships earlier this year. Here she is with Jana van Rensburg who works at the Home. / Monique is ‘n jong rotsklimmer wat in die Durbanville Kinderhuis woon. Sy het onlangs aan die Nasionale Kampioenskappe deelgeneem. By haar is Jana van Rensburg, wat werk by die Kinderhuis.

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The start / Die begin

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The undulating course took us through the vineyards of D’Aria. / Kom ons weer eerlik, undulating is ‘n grênd woord vir op en af. Dit was ‘n mooi roete.

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Beautiful scenery / Baie mooi omgewing

kh-img_6604It’s a dog’s life / Dis ‘n hondelewe

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Monique proves her worth in the land as well / Monique wys dat sy ook op die plat aarde haar vrou kan staan

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Seeing the finish line / Daar is die eindstreep

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Nearly there! / Amper daar!

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The home straight / Die laaste paar meter

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A a sponsored cooldrink / En ‘n borgskappie vir die dors

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Brownyn George and Johanna Strauss, Manager: Marketing and Fund Raising at the Durbanville Children’s Home.

Bronwyn George en Johanna Strauss. Sy is die bestuurder: bemarking en fondswerwing by die Durbanville Kinderhuis.

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Text and photographs: Izak de Vries

Izak is a keen runner, and a journalist employed by LAPA Publishers and the ATKV. He runs barefoot races, including ultra marathons, to raise funds and awareness for the Durbanville Children’s Home

Teks en fotografie: Izak de Vries

Izak is ‘n kranige hardloper en ‘n joernalis wat vir LAPA Uitgewers en die ATKV werk. Hy hardloop kaalvoet, ook lang wedlope soos die Comrades, om geld in te samel vir en mense bewus te maak van die werk van die Durbanville Kinderhuis.

2016: Dankie / Thank you

December 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Ons is dankbaar!

Baie dankie vir jou bydrae en ondersteuning teenoor die Kinderhuis en die 144 kinders in ons sorg.

Dit is met groot waardering en nederigheid dat ons terugkyk ’n jaar met vele hoogtepunte, maar ook een met talle uitdagings wat ons moes oorkom. Ondanks hierdie uitdagings, was dit steeds ‘n baie besige en positiewe jaar vir die Durbanville Kinderhuis.

Ons wens julle almal ’n vreugdevolle feesseisoen en al die beste wense vir 2017. Mag die nuwe jaar ‘n oorvloed van seëninge en geluk bring.

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We are thankful!

Thank you for your contribution and support towards our Home and the 144 children in our care.

It is with much appreciation and humbleness that we look back at both an eventful year with many highlights and also a year with challenges that needed to be overcome. Notwithstanding these challenges it has still been a very busy and rewarding year for Durbanville Children’s Home.

We wish you a joyous festive season and all of the best wishes for 2017. May the new year bring you an abundance of blessings and happiness.

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Besoek asseblief ons webruimte: http://www.durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za

Please visit our website: http://www.durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za

Trail run: Make a difference this Christmas!

December 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Durbanville Children’s Home will be hosting a trail run to raise funds for our children’s Christmas party.

Walkers are welcome!

Date: 16 December 2016

Venue: D’aria wine estate

Distance: 5km

Route Description: Undulating course on mostly jeep track. Trail will be marked.

Registration time: 06:00 am (All participants have to register on the day, even if you enter online.)

Start time: 07:00 am

Prize giving: 08:30 am

Cost: R 80 online, R 100 on the day. Enter now by clicking here!

 Medals: Medals to all finishers.

Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female. 1st Boy & Girl.

Lucky draw prizes by sponsors.

Waterpoints: There will be 1 waterpoint.

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Durbanville Kinderhuis kry ‘n splinternuwe speelgim geborg deur Cordoba Wines!

November 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

(Afrikaanse teks hieronder / click on each picture for more detail)

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On Wednesday the 2nd of November the younger children at Durbanville Children’s Home were treated to a party to celebrate the launch of their new play area and jungle gym which was donated by Cordoba Wines.

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Cordoba Wines said in a statement: “We decided to get involved at Durbanville Children’s Home to improve children’s lives and to make a difference in their future and wellbeing. We have a great passion for children and to see them happy really warms our hearts. Just seeing them on the jungle gym was a heartfelt experience; to witness the joy in their eyes. If all we can bring is joy, then we did our part.”

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We at Durbanville Children’s Home are very grateful for the donation.

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Esmarie van Heerden (director) and Carmen Vermeulen (accountant) represented Cordoba Wines at the party. Here they are at the jungle gym which they had donated.

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Op 2 November is die jonger kinders in die Durbanville Kinderhuis verras met ’n partytjie – en dit was alles om die speelgim te vier wat deur Cordoba Wines geskenk is. Daar was koekies en balonne en koeldrank en yslollies, alles om die kinderharte bly te maak.

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Een van die jong inwoners het ewe seremonieel gehelp om die lint te knip. Links is Esmarie van Heerden, ’n direkteur van Cordoba Wines.

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Carmen Vermeueln, van Cordoba Wines, gesels met ‘n jong inwonertjie.

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Little drummer kids!

November 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

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We have started a drumming circle for our little ones. Drumming is a great way to improve a child’s hand-eye coordination, intelligence and self-confidence.

Their first performance was at our AGM in September, which was a huge treat!

Performing in front of a crowd is a huge accomplishment for them as they come from environments that did not encourage self-belief. We want to encourage the young ones to perform on a regular basis at events in the community and are keen to make drumming costumes for them to look smart in.

The total cost would be R 1 700 for the 22 costumes.

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Should you be interested to make a donation, please contact Jana at marketing@durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za

Any donation will be much appreciated.

Our banking details:

Bank: Absa

Account: Cheque

Name: Durbanville Kinderhuis

Account number: 1410 290 983

Branch: 632005

Please use DRUMMING as a reference.

Rock Climbing at Durbanville Children’s Home

October 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

Monique on the wall

Monique on the wall

Over the past four years our rock-climbing team has reached new heights, even literally!

In 2016 two of our children qualified for the national championships in Lead Climbing.

On the 30th of September all of us were extremely excited when we took these two to the Cape Town International Airport from where they flew to the National Lead-Climbing Competition which was held on the 1st and 2nd of October 2016 at City Rock, Johannesburg. Here they represented the Western Province Climbing Team.

Both made it to the finals.

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We were humbled by the donors who had assisted us financially so that both the children could travel by aeroplane to Johannesburg. For the young boy it was his first flight ever.

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We have been given permission to publish the name and face of Monique, a quiet, soft-spoken girl who has now represented Western Province for two years in a row. She took part in the under-15 category. The name and face the boy, who participated in the under-9 category, will, for his safety, not be published yet.

The rock climbers from the Durbanville Children’s Home are members of the Top Out Climbing Club; they are also sponsored by Western Cape Climbing and they are registered with the South African National Climbing Federation.

Our children enjoy being part of a challenging sport, and they love the the opportunity to socialise and make new friends outside the Durbanville Children’s Home. Going on rock-climbing camps in Montagu and in the Cederberg Mountains is another source of joy.

Rock climbing meant a lot for the children’s self-esteem and inner strength; they overcame their fear of height, got in touch with their own body strength and learned to trust the people guiding the rope.

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Their coach, ms Delaney, Carpenter, is a screened volunteer of the Durbanville Children’s Home and has a very good rapport with the children. We are also privileged to have an international volunteer who holds national colours for rock climbing in Germany.

Kersfees @ Die Kinderhuis

October 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

Christmas @ the Children’s Home – Please see below for the English

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Maak ’n kinderhart bly hierdie Kersfees!

Ons kinders het hul Kersfeeswenslysies voltooi, elke kind het gesê wat hulle graag wil hê:

Die kinders se Kerspartytjie vind vanjaar plaas op 26 November. Dit is wanneer hulle hul Kersgeskenke sal ontvang en het ‘n ete saam sal geniet. Sonder hulp kan ons dit nie doen nie. Ons vra dus mooi: Oorweeg dit asseblief om een of meer kind se wenslys te borg?

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Prentjie deur ‘n sesjarige seun / Drawing by six-year old boy

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Make a child smile this Christmas!

 

Our children have completed their Christmas wish lists. Each child has a specific list.

The children’s Christmas party will take place on the 26th of November this year. Then they will receive their Christmas presents and have a meal together.

This party would not be possible without your help. So we ask: please consider sponsoring a child?