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Casa Caritas History Highlights

Timeline

Quick links: 1973 , 1984 , 1985 , 1995 , 1996 , 1998 , 2000 , 2001 , 2002

1973

Casa Caritas first home. In 1973 Casa Caritas was officially opened in Maxwell Street Kempton Park.

1984

Kempton Park Mayor Mr.Dries Niemandt - doing the honours In 1984 they started building the new home for Casa Caritas.
Kempton Park Mayor Mr. Dries Niemandt was there to get it all started

1985

Casa Caritas Inauguration In 1985 was the inauguration of the new building.
Dr. G de Morrison, Minister of Health and Welfare was there for the occasion.

1995

We celebrated our 10th Anniversary.

The celebration held at The Junction in Esselen Park, was attended by donors, parents of our residents and members of the home's governing body. Acting host was Mr. Dries Niemandt, former mayor of Kempton Park, whose involvement in the home started at its inception in 1973.

1996

An anonymous donor opened his heart to us by donating R 100,000 towards our "Heike Hall", which is used as a stimulation/activity room.

1998

SEPTEMBER

We received a brand new V W Micro Bus, courtesy of the Eastern Nomads golf committee.

The handing over ceremony at Benoni Country Club was the culmination of many months of hard work by the committee, headed by Vice-chairman Alan Harris.

Each year a welfare organization is chosen and a charity drive is held under the auspices, of the Nomads National André Mentis Endowment Fund. For 1998 Casa Caritas was the main beneficiary.

2000

Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation Corné Booyens, National Project Manager of the Fuchs Foundation hands over a cheque for R200,000 to Ms Joan Muller Chairperson of the governing body.

This donation enabled us to complete the new bedroom wing, which boasts eight single bedrooms and one large room.

Casa Caritas celebrated 25 years The celebration was held at the home in the 'Heike Hall' and was attended by donors, parents of our residents, and members of the home's governing body. Mr. Riaan Cruywagen was the Master of ceremonies, Mr. Franna Benadé entertained the guests with his wonderful singing.

The catering was sponsored by the Trustees and prepared by the staff.

We would like to record our sincere gratitude to the following people who sponsored the printing of our commemorative pamphlet.

  • Monica Bräsler - graphical layout
  • Brian and Estie Siebert -sponsor
  • Dr Francois and Tana Coetzer – sponsors
  • Riaan Cruywagen – compilation

2001

AUGUST

Saw the opening of the new wing at the home, which consists of eight single bedrooms and one large bedroom at an approx. cost of R 335,000 which was made possible by a R 200,000 donation from the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation. The rest of the money was obtained from other donors. Work on the building commenced in November 2000 and was completed in May 2001.

DECEMBER


André Smuts of Pomona illuminated his house to help raise funds André Smuts of Pomona illuminated his house with hundreds of lights for the festive season.

He also opened his heart to Casa Caritas. People could come and view the wonderful array of lights and give a donation, approx. R 4000 was raised for Casa Caritas.

Mr. Smuts plans to make this an annual event.

2002

So far this has been an eventful and successful year. We pray that it will continue in this manner.

APRIL

An anonymous donor pledged his support for the construction of a further extension to the bedroom section, which will provide separate bedrooms for each resident.

"God Bless You"

MAY

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Afrox the giant South African industrial gas products, welding and healthcare group has chosen us for their 2002 charity drive. The sponsorship is for an initial period of one year where after Afrox will decide whether to continue its involvements with us.

AUGUST "Cycle Tour"

The tour was the brainchild of Mr. Clint Jackson who is the assistant store manager of Pick-a-Pay’s Killarney Mall branch and took place from Kempton Park to the Waterfront in Cape Town during the period 26 August
to 5 September.

The cycling team was made up as follow:

Team Members

  • Mr. Charl van der Boon
  • Mr. Clint Jackson
  • Mr. Jaco du Preez
  • Mr. Anthony da Costa
  • Mr. Peter-Lee Jeffreies
  • Mr. Brett Schutte

Representing

  • Metador
  • Pick-a-Pay Killarney Mall
  • Self Employed
  • Sweetland
  • Professional Cycle list
  • Professional Cycle list

Our sincere thanks to all the people who made this a huge success, the sponsors, cyclists and the hundreds of people on route for their donations and support, which raised R 80,000 on behalf of Casa Caritas.

SEPTEMBER

"Casual Day" is an annual event that takes place country wide. The aim of casual day is to raise funds for various welfare organizations. The spirit behind the day is that the people who have purchased a 'Casual Day' sticker should dress not only casually but also in 'fun' outfits such as pyjamas. This year's casual day event netted us an amount of ± R 14,000.

OCTOBER

"Klipwerf" dance - 12 October 2002. This event, which is also our main annual fund raising occasion, took place this year at the Kempton Park Civic Centre.

The "Klipwerf Dance Band" was sponsored by W A Surveyors for the second consecutive year and provided a popular mix of music that was enthusiastically enjoyed well into the "wee" hours of the morning by all present.

The success of the event can be measured by the fact that it raised an amount in excess of R 47,000. We intend, with the help of our various supporters, to make next year's dance an even bigger success.

The evening happenings were filmed and later shown in the program "Geraas" on TV2.

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