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Celebrating 150 years of Leliebloem House

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By Christine Diampovisa

On 8th September Leliebloem House, a registered non-profit organisation, will launch their 150th Celebration of Humanitarian Services, with a Coming Home Dinner. To be held at the Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Cape Town, for just R150, you can enjoy an awesome evening of inspiring conversation and great food, while knowing that the monies are going to help those that really need it.

Being honoured at this year’s event is motorbike crusader, Tony Lawrence, Director of Youth at the Anglican Church.  Tony has used his motorbike to spread awareness about numerous charities, and organisations over the years, helping them to raise countless funds, but it will be for Leliebloem House Children’s Home, that his next road adventure, counts.

As one of the organisation’s ambassadors, Tony will cover 1000 kms on his motorbike within a14 hour period, freshening up to return just in time for his ‘homecoming dinner’. His charity-inspired journey will start at Leliebloem House at 6am and on the N2 (various stops), then route 62, to Oudtshoorn N12, to N1 Laingsburg, then across to Ceres, Riebeeck West and N7 through Malmesbury back to the Garden Court Hotel at around 8pm.

Leliebloem House is a Cape Town based organisation that was founded in 1868 for children from troubled families. In 1886, the organisation was resettled on the Leliebloem House Estate, which subsequently gave rise to the organisation’s name.

Today, Leliebloem operates as a Residential Child and Youth Care Centre and is home to 60 children from various backgrounds. The home strives to offer the least restrictive setting for children, many who have been placed with them by the children’s courts because of the inadequacy of, or a complete breakdown, in the children’s primary care environment. Focus is placed on providing the children with development opportunities that are best suited to their particular needs. Leliebloem’s vision is to help reunite children with their family and the community, if possible, through their Family Reunification Programme.

The children in their care, often need specialist intervention – psychological, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive. A social worker, 14 Residential Child and Youth Care workers and four household assistants are there to ensure that the children are handled and treated in the best way possible to help them reach their potential. Volunteers from all over the world also help out at the House, while school children are encouraged to do their community projects at Leliebloem House.

Non-residential programmes are also offered for children in the community, such as the Family Reunification Programme;  a lifeskills Adolescent development programme/Youth Leadership, which also affords the youth valuable peer-to-peer conversation time, for exchange of stories, ideas and solutions; and a Specialized Behaviour Management Programme or those children with critical behavioural problems requiring individual intervention.

The fundraising dinner will start at 7pm, and will welcome approximately 150 people.   Leliebloem House hopes to attract people from all walks of life, especially those who grew up or worked in the Children’s home, over the last 149 years.

Leliebloem needs your help to make this event a success. The children who come through their doors come from troubled families with traumatic backgrounds and leave looking to the future. All the love, therapy and kindness directed at the children proves that no act of kindness is ever wasted. Leliebloem encourages community participation and engagement because although charity begins at home, it does not have to end there.

Leliebloem challenges you, to help them ‘plant’ into the lives of our children to harvest a future for every child in their care. Are you up for the challenge?

Donations can be made directly into their bank account: please contact Francisco Cornelius, the Director of the Children’s Home fcornelius@leliebloem.org.za