Durbanville Children’s Home Trail Run on Youth Day

June 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

We invite young and old to join us for a trail run on Youth Day, 16 June.

Venue: Vergenoegd Wine Estate

Date: Youth Day, 16 June 2017

Time: Registration starts at 07:30, the run will start at 09:00

Distances: 3km & 5km

Cost: R100 p/p

We hope to see you there!

For more information on this event, please visit our Facebook page or contact Angelina at 021 975 6822 or email

National Colours for Durbanville Children’s Home Star

April 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

One of our girls has been awarded national colours for rock climbing. Here she is showing off her skills.

We are super proud!

A number of our children are climbing under the guidance of the Mountain Club of South Africa and since 2014 sixteen children from the Durbanville Children’s Home attended training sessions on alternative Friday afternoons. Our youngsters showed excellent progress and five of them were selected to become members of the Top Out Climbing Club. Rock climbing has become a great emotional outlet for some of our children and it has motivated them to become the best at this challenging sport!

Well, now we have some of the very best in the country living under our roof.

One of our fifteen-year old girls has just been awarded her Junior Protea Colours. She has achieved this thanks to coaching by Top Out Climbing Club and the administration of Western Cape Climbing.

We were overwhelmed when we received the following letter from the South African National Climbing Federation:

Congratulations! Following your participation at the National Boulder Series Championship held on 1 and 2 April 2017 at City Rock Cape Town, you have been selected to represent South Africa in Sport Climbing, in the boulder discipline, at the 2017 IFSC Youth World Championship Innsbruck, Austria.

As the SANCF is an official SASCOC member you will be representing South Africa in Junior Protea Colours at this international championship.

She worked so hard for it and we would love to send her to Innsbruck to represent South Africa. Should you like to make a donation please mail Johanna Strauss at, or call her at 021 975 6822.

Our star shining on a wall.

Twee Oseane: Kaalvoet vir ons kinders

April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Die Durbanville Kinderhuis se kaalvoetambassadeur het die naweek die nuus gehaal toe hy die Old Mutual Twee Oseane Marathon oor 56 km kaalvoet gehardloop het.

Izak de Vries het namens die Durbanville Kinderhuis se hardloopklub, #runFAST, deelgeneem. Sy klublid, Peter Taylor, het die ook afstand kaalvoet gehardloop – Taylor het dit gedoen vir die Gidshondvereninging.

Op 17 April het Denique Smith oor dié twee berig. Lees die volledige berig op Netwerk24 hier:

Izak het aan haar gesê:

Ek het besef ek kan langer afstande kaalvoet hardloop. Daarna het my klub vir my gesê as ek dit gaan doen, is dit die moeite werd om ’n liefdadigheid daaraan te koppel. Ek is vir jare lank nou al betrokke by die Durbanville Kinderhuis, en ek het hulle gekontak en gevra of ek namens hulle kan hardloop. Hulle het my onlangs ’n ambassadeur van die kinderhuis gemaak.

Ons hardloopklub, #runFAST, het nou mooi hempies, maar van ons atlete het nog goeie hardloopskoene nodig.

Klik hier om uit te vind hoe jy kan help.

Bronwyn and Jana feature in Modern Athlete

April 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bronwyn George and Jana van Rensburg, together with Jana’s husband Jacques, are featured in the April 2017 edition of Modern Athlete.

Until recently Jana was an integral part of our fundraising team and she got our trail runs started.

At our first trail run Bronwyn George proved his mettle and Jana’s husband, a keen trail runner, took the young man under his wing.

Bronwyn has since expanded his horizons by clocking a third position in the South African Schools Cross Country Championship.

Jana too has flown off to bigger vistas, but we are very happy to see these familiar faces in Modern Athlete.

Click on each the pictures below to enlarge them in order to read the text, or you can read the magazine online:

This story features on pages 19 and 20.


#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.


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?



Should you be interested in sponsoring #teamDCH, please contact Jana at


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.


Kinderhuiskersfees / Christmas in Children’s Home

December 24, 2016 in Uncategorized


Prentjie deur ’n vyfjarige inwoner

Picture by one of our five-year old boys


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.


Hanlie Retief gesels met Ramey Short, ons beskermheer

December 18, 2016 in Uncategorized


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.


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.


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.

Bronwyn George and Johnny Persents

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.


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.



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

kh-img_6585Registration / Registrasie


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.


The start / Die begin


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.


Beautiful scenery / Baie mooi omgewing

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


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


Seeing the finish line / Daar is die eindstreep


Nearly there! / Amper daar!


The home straight / Die laaste paar meter


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Besoek asseblief ons webruimte:

Please visit our website:

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.