85 Villiers Drive, Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 jph@gracenet.co.za 033 345 6710

August 2016 Newsletter

Hi All,

It seems like we have gone straight from winter to summer and skipped spring. We are currently experiencing very hot temperatures in Pietermaritzburg. The whole of this week the maximum temperatures are expected to reach 33 degrees.

We are very sad to report that on the 1 August, Julie Gillespie passed away. A memorial service was held in the John Peattie House Chapel with her family on the 25 August.

We hope that you will all be wearing your Casual Day Stickers on Friday 2 September 2016 to support the mentally and physically challenged. Thank you to all those parents/friends who helped sell and bought Casual Day Stickers.

The next fundraising event will be at the Barnyard Theatre on 28 October 2016. Details will follow as soon as I have all the info.

Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on SUNDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2016 at 9h30am for 10h00. Please diarise this date. A “Finger Lunch” will be served after the meeting. We hope as many of you can attend this meeting.


Our JoJo tanks are working well. The Home has hardly noticed when the water cuts have happened. We had a good rain the one day and it filled up our two grey water tanks.

We have started another indigenous garden outside the front office. We have put some aloes in but would like to put some grasses in as well. If you have any indigenous plants you would like to donate, we would be most grateful for the contribution.

The Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary came and helped weed the indigenous garden and spent time with the Residents.

The Occupational Therapist from Edendale Hospital Outreach programme spent the morning in the Arts & Crafts Workshop.

Alison Myburgh and ladies held the monthly Chapel Service for the Residents.

The Toyota Quantum went to the panel beaters for repairs.

We hired a casual worker for a week to clear the overgrowth and bug weeds around the perimeter of the Home.


The monthly Birthday party was held for Thandeka (24), Simon (43) and Pieter Vermaak (27). Thank you to Parklane Superspar for donating the birthday cake. Pieter’s family donated cakes and chips for the residents on his birthday.

Dr Kirkby treated some residents for different ailments. One resident had X-rays done after she had been pushed over by another resident and was battling to walk. Nothing was broken but she could have muscle strain. Dr Kirkby has put her on medication. She is making slow progress.

Mr Schiffler saw one Resident who had foot treatment.


Dr Ellis very kindly held a workshop for senior staff covering the topic “Stress/Burnout in the Workplace”.

Wendy is still on sick leave. She is expected to return on 5 September. Mari & Karin have been relieving her. Mari had to take Family Responsibility leave, so Karin and Daphne relieved for her.


Take Care

Anne & Karin

DSCF1269 (2) R.I.P.  dearest Julie

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