Not so Easy like Sunday Mornings…

We Shed some light on local Sanctuaries for Our Impoverished and Abandoned Youth

Sunday’s are traditionally days spent with family, most homes are filled with the joyful sound of children playing , adults laughing, sharing anecdotes from the week that past. The house is filled with the aroma of Sunday roast on the pots… But while so many are oblivious to what happening right on our doorsteps, there are children who have been abandoned, who don’t have homes, or family or a warm meal if it wasn’t for sanctuaries such as the Christine Revel Home Children’s home.

The Christine Revell Children’s Home, located at Huntley Street in Athlone, provides full-time care for up to 49 babies and children from birth to five years of age who have been referred to them by social workers and placed by order of a children’s court. The children are either neglected, abandoned, abused, orphaned and are accepted at the home irrespective of HIV status, race or gender.

Their ultimate aim is to re-unite a child with its parents or the extended family should circumstance permit. Children are also placed into foster care with suitable families in the communities and when the proper legal channels have been followed children can also be adopted.

Many of the children who arrive at the Home have not had the chance to grow and develop normally. A healthy and nutritious diet, suitable exercise and the mental development of the children are therefore of great importance.

As part of the Heart FM 16 Days for Youthinitiative, the Heart family visited the Home to deliver some much-needed groceries and spend some time playing and entertaining the kids. While lunch was being prepared, the kids were playing outside, engrossed by the attention they were receiving. They are truly special kids, who deserve to lead a normal life.

When speaking to Raylene Gertse, one of the key members of staff at the Home, we understand that there is a strong need for volunteers, food, nappies, children’s clothing and cash donations. Sign-up or register as a foster family or sponsor a child.

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The 16 Days for Youthinitiative is just past the halfway mark and has made a significant difference to over 10 organisations since the 1stof June. The team have travelled to locations as far as Elim, Villierdorp and Caledon to help those in need and have hit the road once again today to serve in the communities of  Gouda and Porterville. The initiative culminates back in the Cape Metropole at the end of the week and finishes on the 16thof June inPhilippi where the team will join Play Sport for Life, a non-profit organization which aims to improve the lives and well-being of our disadvantaged communities by providing athletic opportunities and using sports as a vehicle for a healthier lifestyle.

For more information about the initiative and the organisations involved in this year’s initiative, go to

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