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Computer Classes for adults are now being offered at the Talhado Children’s Haven Media Centre and the first courses are already completely booked out. The classes which commenced this month are being taught by Jethro Cadman of Compuink and students can choose to attend on either a Monday and Wednesday evening or on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 17.30 to 18.30. The course allows beginners to learn how computers work and how to operate them, including Xcel, Word, Powerpoint and Internet/e-mail. The two month course costs R500 per student and the next course will begin in February next year. Bookings for the next course are now being taken by Amanda Hansen 
on 0749759108.


The Sea Vista soup kitchen officially opened yesterday - Mandela Day. To celebrate the children came to the kitchen after school to do their 67 minutes for charity. They were each handed a black bag in which to collect litter. Once their bags were full the children returned to the soup kitchen for a delicious pizza treat prepared by our soup kitchen team. A very big vote of thanks must go to Carol Horlock of Pizza@167 for donating the bases. Pizza is such a treat for the children and they thoroughly enjoyed the day.


Dear Friends

Another year has passed and we are busying ourselves for what is promising to be a very exciting year ahead for us at the Haven.

2015 has proven to be a year for many changes and developments at the Haven

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Talhado's annual outing. This year we went to Knysna elephant Park. The functions we had during the year covered most of our expenses. A big thanks to our parents for your support throughout this year you've made this possible for our kids. Thank you to our management for your contribution aswell. And my colleagues you guys rock. They also had KFC for lunch, ice cream from wimpy and received a goodie bag to took home.Read More


Finally a very proud moment for Muneerah and Moegamat Madatt when their son Yaseem was awarded Best learner for 2015. Yaseem will attend Sea Vista Primary School next year. Congratulations to the Madatt family!


Graduation 2015 was a superb evening - despite the rain necessitating the event to be moved to the Congregational Church at the last minute. It was so well rehearsed and organised - well done to all the teachers, staff and children! Here are some photos of the various classes entertaining the audience

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St Francis Bay and Sea Vista residents were well represented at the inauguration of the Kouga Wind Farm in Oyster Bay, on Friday September 4th.
The Talhado Children’s Haven pre-primary school kiddies “Marched to Jerusalem” carrying a cheery banner in the red and white Kouga Wind Farm corporate colours. They circled the wind tower and sang along with the Talhado Haven Steel Band entertaining all the VIP guests and dignitaries which included the MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Honourable Sakhumzi Somyo and the Honorable Mayor of Kouga Region, Mrs Daphne Kettledas.
Well done children and staff for a super show and making us all really proud of our special little school!!


Little Mivuyo Zono and Sinexolo Sotafile had the privilege of playing with the two new Missdela dolls in the media centre with librarian Leigh-Ann Mofu who read the story of Missdela to the girls.
The story goes that Missdela (named after Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela) lives in a rural village with her grandmother who teaches her honesty, hard work and obedience. Missdela also learns Respect for Self, Others and the Environment. She loves listening to stories on the radio and reading books. Missdela also sings the Thula Thula song.
Leigh-Ann is using these lovely dolls to help her teach the Haven’s little girls to love and respect themselves and each other.


Our 2nd term function , a Bingo, was a huge success. With the loyal support of parents and our hardworking teachers. We've had 24 prizes for the event, which were won by lucky parents, there were a few where luck were on their side and they've grab up more than 2 prizes. We have raised R3980, and the money raised each term goes to our annual outing at the end of the year. Not many of our kids have the privilege to go out of town (Sea Vista), and I wish you could see the excitement on their faces when we enter Humansdorp We are really trying to create opportunities for our learners. Our Mission: RATHER BUILD THE CHILD THAN REPAIR THE ADULT.


Thank you so much for the continued support of the FOSTER Outreach programme.
On Last week's outing, the children were receptive and well-behaved and teachers were marvellous.
In all, 212 learners, 11 educators and 10 adults participated in 9 excursions since the beginning of 2015.
I am sending you some photo's. If you want any more, please just let me know.
Thanks and kind regards,
Lilian Baker, FOSTER

Thank you Lilian and FOSTER for what you do for our environment and a big thanks to Little Venice for supplying transport.


Meet young Leigh-Ann Mofu who is our new librarian now running the Talhado Children's Haven media centre in the afternoons. Leigh-Ann who lives in Sea Vista, has a Certificate in Business Management and is presently studying on-line to become a qualified librarian. Welcome Leigh-Ann!


These two young men are happily "giving back" to the Haven, where they both played in the steel band until they left school. Llewellyn Baadjies works in the media centre at the Haven and teaches the children to use the computers. Dean Kalo now coaches the steel band at the Haven. He also teaches boys on a Monday and Wednesday and girls on a Tuesday and Thursday to play. Under Dean's new management, the steel band now includes boys AND girls and is called "The Solid Rock Steel Band". Both these young men are paid a small wage so that they can contribute to their board and lodging at home.


A wonderful day's outing was enjoyed by Teacher Amorita May's Grade R Afrikaans class last week. The children were treated by Lilian Baker and the FOSTER team to an informative walk on the wild side finishing up with a visit to the SANCCOB Penguin Rehabilitation centre. A big adventure for these learners. A big thank you to Little Venice Adventures for sponsoring the bus which transported all the children to and from Cape St Francis.Read More


Wednesday 21st January was the first day back at school for all the children of Sea Vista but for 16 brand new learners at Talhado Children’s Haven it was a very special day indeed.

These children are the first intake in the Xhosa Montessori class at the Haven. Their Grade 00 teacher, Laureka Coetser is the second teacher at the Haven to qualify as a Montessori Teacher through the North American Montessori Center. The first teacher to qualify in 2013 was Virginia Brown who teaches in Afrikaans and who will now be teaching her second intake of pre-schoolers.

“I am so grateful to the Haven for this opportunity and to our mentor, Cathryn Hempel for finding a sponsor for me to take this course,” said Coetser. “I am really excited and looking forward to my first year in the Montessori classroom. It is wonderful to know that I will be making a real difference in the lives of these little learners.”


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Compliments of the Season from the Rotary Recycle Swap Shop in St Francis!

The last recycle swap shop took place last Friday (December 5th) at Talhado Children’s Haven in Sea Vista, and as always at the end of the year, we awarded three special prizes.

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Wishing our Founder and tireless administrator, Lesley Moore a very happy 70th birthday. Lesley celebrated with the staff and children at the Haven this morning - one of her favourite places to be !

A special gift from staff, children and friends to say thank you Lesley for everything you have strived to achieve

 


A huge thank you and congratulations on an amazing effort to the Ukupha Mum's Group of St Francis for putting togetehr all of these wonderful Santa Surprises for all of our children.

 


The Talhado Children's Haven annual fundraising Mr and Miss Haven Fashion Show took place on Friday September 5th at the Sea Vista Community Hall. The event was organised by the teachers and parents and was enthusiastically attended by many friends and family members. And the winners were .....

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Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, Tom Roux arrives at the Haven and gathers up the after care boys for some rugby coaching! He has his work cut out for him with this exuberant class! Tom, who the older boys call "Oupie", also teaches ball skills to the Haven's pre-primary learners. A big thanks to Tom for volunteering his time.

 


The new media centre is such a success! The after care children squeeze themselves into this room to get a chance to work on the computers, play board games, build puzzles or read books. Sea Vista residents Llewellyn Baatjies assisted by Jerome Fredericks monitor the children, helping them with the computers and generally keeping order. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen - the media centre could do with being three times its size!!Read More

 


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The Rotary Recycle Swap Shop project took place on Friday August 8th despite the threat of rain. 66 Sea Vista children took the opportunity to have their recycling weighed for a chance to exchange their mulas in our shop.

We had two young volunteers from Woodridge join us to do some community project time.

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The Youth Development Programme (or Youth Club) as it is becoming known, is being held once a month at Talhado Children’s Haven with the aim of providing positive and instructive fun afternoons for the Sea Vista children. The children who attend range in age from 8 to 15.

Very few of these children have ever had any exposure to board games and as we all know how useful these games can be in developing cognitive skills and in assisting mathematical understanding we would like to introduce these to our afternoon’s activities.

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Just in time for the World Cup in Brazil, hard working Zukisani Budaza at last managed to claim his very own pair of soccer “togs”. He was one of 106 children who exchanged their recycling collection for mulas to spend in the Rotary Recycle Swap Shop last Friday.

Unfortunately Jade Jantjies wasn’t so lucky. He has saved enough points for a bicycle for his 6 year old sister but we still haven’t managed to find one for him. Please keep eyes and ears peeled for anyone who might be prepared to donate a suitable bike.

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Lesley Moore thanks Keith Lester, Williams Hunt Humansdorp, Mr Ian Nicol, Vice President of General Motors and Colin Cowie, chairman of GM Childlife for the new classroom.

TALHADO CHILDREN’S HAVEN NEEDS ASSISTANCE FOR NEW YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES.

Talhado Children’s Haven pre-primary school and after care facility in Sea Vista is looking to establish youth development programmes as well as drug and alcohol abuse counselling. To this end they are appealing for help with funding to establish suitable and sustainable programmes. 

 

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Lesley Moore thanks Keith Lester, Williams Hunt Humansdorp, Mr Ian Nicol, Vice President of General Motors and Colin Cowie, chairman of GM Childlife for the new classroom.

A Huge Thank you to GM Childlife for New Classroom.

A brand new classroom has now been completed at the Talhado Children’s Haven and it’s all thanks to the General Motors Group. Keith Lester of Williams Hunt in Humansdorp, who is himself a St Francis resident, got to hear that the Haven’s classes were becoming cramped as the demand for pre-primary schooling has increased. He immediately set about convincing Colin Cowie of the General Motors charity arm, GM Childlife that a classroom was desperately needed for this amazing little school. 

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UK School sends suppor

The children and staff at Talhado Children’s Haven had good reason to celebrate recently, when Reverend Canon Bill Weaver of the South African Schools Project, a UK-based educational charity, and his family came to visit and hand-over a cheque for R6500.00 raised by school children and staff at Spring Grove School in Kent.  Rev. Canon Weaver is a Senior Trustee of the South African Schools Project which supports schools in and around the Jeffreys Bay area under the local guidance of Project Manager, Tom Campbell.Read More


Farewell Mrs Coenraad say the Grade R learners of Talhado Children’s Haven

April 30th was a sad day at Talhado Children’s Haven in Sea Vista as learners and teachers gathered to bid a fond farewell to much loved teacher. Mrs Armine Coenraad who has taught Grade R learners at The Haven since 2006 has had to retire from teaching due to a back injury she sustained in a car accident on the Sand River bridge in 2012.

Armine is a dedicated teacher and has struggled to keep going since the accident. She has now had to give up on the advice of her physicians.

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Montessoria classroom at The Haven

Sitting in the brand new Montessoria classroom at The Haven, Montessori mentor Cathryn Hempel and teacher Virginia Brown teach four year old Shana Baadjies all about shapes.
The new classroom has been added at Talhado Children's Haven and will be used specifically for Montessori teaching. Today 11 four year olds from Sea Vista were the first children to to be introduced to this concept of teaching.
So far this year, a record 92 pre-schoolers have registered at The Haven which is largely funded by generous private donors. The Montessori teaching concept will add another dimension to the education that these children will receive. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!
Montessori mentor Cathryn Hempel says that she has lots of wonderful CD's to play for the children but no CD player. They are also desperate for more children's book in Afrikaans.
Anyone who can help should call Cathryn on 0764126090.


Christopher Witboo

First Matriculants for Talhado Children's Haven

The Talhado Children’s Haven Pre-Primary School graduation evening for 2012 marked the twelfth year since the pre-primary school opened its doors to the children of Sea Vista.
In its first year, the school enrolled 25 learners and this year no less than 68 learners graduated to go on to “big school” in 2013.

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Christopher Witboo

The Talhado Children’s Haven Pre-Primary School Learner of the Year for 2012

Bright little Brigette Davids stole the show at the Talhado Children’s Haven Pre-Primary School graduation evening for 2012 held at the school on November 22nd. She was awarded Learner of Year for Outstanding Academic Achievements.
She is seen here with Lesley Moore, school administrator, who handed her the certificate and congratulated her and her family.

The occasion marked the twelfth year since the pre-primary school opened its doors to the children of Sea Vista. In its first year, the school enrolled 25 learners and this year no less than 68 learners graduated to go on to “big school” in 2013.


Christopher Witboo

Talhado Children's Haven Enjoy Outing to Africa Dawn

All 57 of the children enrolled at Talhado Children's Haven were taken along on the school's annual outing on Friday November 2nd. They were accompanied by their headmistress Roseline Goede, their teachers and the staff of the Haven.

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Christopher Witboo

TIN TRUST NEEDS A NEW CHAMPION

The Tin Trust which was set up by Neville and Eva Taylor more than a decade ago, and which is dedicated to the Talhado Children’s Haven pre-primary school and after care facility in Sea Vista, is in need of a new champion to manage the project. Up until now the Taylors have been responsible for coordinating the distribution of the coin collection tins and the management of the funds collected. The pair, who are both now octogenarians, are looking to take things a little easier in their retirement years and would like to hand over the responsibility to someone who would be willing to run with the project on behalf of the Haven.

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Christopher Witboo

Talhado Childrens' Haven / Rotary Recycle Swap Shop Update.
 Thanks to record keeper Karin Fuchs, we can tell you that :
We started on 3 February with 12 kids only and an average load of 7kg.
Word got around quickly and the second collection day brought us 182 kids. As at the end of the second school term in June there are 466 children registered.
Our "heaviest" day was 16 March, when 193 kids carried 1,960kg - 580.5kg cardboard, 383.5kg plastic, 891.5kg bottles and 104.5 kg tins.
At the end of June 2012 our keen recyclers collected 4436.50 kgs cardboard, 3565 kgs plastic, 7615.50 kgs glass and 866.10 kgs of tins!

Picture : Last term’s winner of the plastic cap collection competition was Christopher Witbooi, see here with weigh master, Wolfgang Fuchs who presented the young man with a large box of biscuits as his reward.


Jenny Wiggins

What a Star! Jenny Wiggins of St Francis Bay received a star and big thank you hug from Talhado Children’s Haven headmistress Roseline Goede when she arrived to hand over the birthday presents her friends had donated for the children

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The EarlyAct Club of St Francis College

The EarlyAct Club of St Francis College have also marked Mandela Day by handing over several bags of warm clothing to the Talhado Children’s Haven. The clothing is intended to help those children who have been most severely affected by the recent bitterly cold and wet weather and has been collected by the children of St Francis College for the project.
On Mandela Day the EarlyAct Club members gathered at The Haven and handed over their collection to school secretary Chamel Malgas. Great effort Boys and Girls!


Oom Leon

Oom Leon

It is with great sadness that we at Talhado Childrens' Haven learned of the passing of one of our most valued volunteers and colleagues, music master Leon van Zyl. Oom Leon, as he was affectionately known by all the children, died unexpectedly on Monday night in Cape St Francis.

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Volunteer In South Afrca

First term Parent's evening

The first term Parent's evening at Talhado Children's Haven on Wednesday March 7 was as always a well attended affair. There was a buzz of excitement on this particular evening as the parents waited to hear the guest speaker, the school's new Clinical Psychologist Madalyn Johnston.

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Volunteer In South Afrca

Volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa, a Christian outreach volunteer organisation, recently established a base in Cape St Francis to bring volunteer tourists from all over the world to assist in community upliftment projects, particularly sports education.

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The St Francis Rotary Recycling Project is now officially up and running. We kicked off this Friday afternoon at the Talhado Children's Haven with our crew of volunteers ready and waiting. Nobody came and feeling despondent we packed up our shop and dismantled the scale.

The St Francis Rotary Recycling Project

The St Francis Rotary Recycling Project is now officially up and running. We kicked off this Friday afternoon at the Talhado Children's Haven with our crew of volunteers ready and waiting. Nobody came and feeling despondent we packed up our shop and dismantled the scale.

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Judy Slade of The Haven accepts a cheque for R2000.00 from local artist Juliet Copperi. Juliet raised R5000.00 in a raffle for the beautifully painted picture of threatened Jackass penguins. The proceeds were shared between Talhado Chidlren's Haven and St Francis Hospice, who each received R2000.00, and Liz Horne who received R1000 for laboratory equipment to further her research into penguin deseases. Thank you so much Juliet!

New recruits for 2012


Judy Slade of The Haven accepts a cheque for R2000.00 from local artist Juliet Copperi. Juliet raised R5000.00 in a raffle for the beautifully painted picture of threatened Jackass penguins. The proceeds were shared between Talhado Chidlren's Haven and St Francis Hospice, who each received R2000.00, and Liz Horne who received R1000 for laboratory equipment to further her research into penguin deseases. Thank you so much Juliet!

Judy Slade of The Haven accepts a cheque for R2000.00 from local artist Juliet Copperi. Juliet raised R5000.00 in a raffle for the beautifully painted picture of threatened Jackass penguins. The proceeds were shared between Talhado Children's Haven and St Francis Hospice, who each received R2000.00, and Liz Horne who received R1000 for laboratory equipment to further her research into penguin deseases. Thank you so much Juliet!


"A" Division winner of the Jean Fynn Rose Bowl trophy was 16 year St Francis Bay school girl Chanre Coenraad (right)

The St Francis Bay Golf Club Championship took place on Monday December 20th and the ladies stroke play competition belonged to the bright young stars of St Francis Bay. The 2011 "A" Division winner of the Jean Fynn Rose Bowl trophy was 16 year St Francis Bay school girl Chanre Coenraad (right). Her sister, 12 year old Roshante (left) won the "B" Division Bronze Championship. These young players are definitely worth watching in the future! Chanre and Roshante are the daughters of Sea Vista Primary School principal Charles Coenraad and his wife Armine, a teacher at the Talhado Children's Haven preprimary school in Sea Vista.


Graduation Day for Talhado Children’s Haven School Leavers

Graduation Day for Talhado Children's Haven School Leavers

It was a fond farewell to pre-school for 62 of the learners at Talhado Children's Haven who graduated this year with a ceremony to be remembered. The graduation ceremony at Talhado Children's Haven is the highlight of the Haven's year and is the culmination of the year's hard work and diligence for the learners in their final year before progressing to "big school".

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Talhodo - Xmas 2011

Talhado Childrens Haven celebrate Christmas 2011

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2011 Champion Marvin Adams

Talhado Childrens' Haven Tennis Singles Champs.

2011 Champion Marvin Adams, second Roshart Groenewald; Plate winner Nico Meyer and runner up John Fredericks - great effort guys! Congratulations!! The Talhado Childrens' Haven Tennis Singles Champion for 2011 is Marvin Adams who took the title from last year's cup winner, Roshalt Groenewald.
The Plate for the runner's up was hotly contested match between Nico Meyer and John Fredericks...


Meet the Nikao Team
Meet the Nikao Team (translated this means Victory team) from Adventures in Missions in the USA who are taking part in The World Race Program. The Nikao team are part of a 44 member group called the "Z" Squad who are taking part in the World Race which will take them to 11 countries in 11 months. Nikao are visiting St Francis for three weeks to work with the children at Talhado Children's Haven in Sea Vista. So far they have been in the Phillipines and China. South Africa is their third destination. Still to come are Mozambique, Swaziland, Bulgaria, Serbia, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
These groups are invited by communities to help with specific tasks such as community feeding schemes, programmes for street children etc. At the Haven they have been helping the children with their lessons and coaching the aftercare kids with sports –a soccer mission for the boys and netball mission for the girls, all the while spreading the word of God and talking about Jesus.
The Nikao team are back row left to right : Tim Eisaman from New York, Samantha McGuire from Ohio, Ashley and John Michael Bonasso from West Virginia. Front row left to right: Kathryn Law from Wyoming, Jamie Smith from Utah and Majil Franz from Colorado.
You can follow their blogs on this great adventure and fantastic mission by entering the team member's name@theworld race.org e.g. timeisaman@theworldrace.org.

Swedish Tourists visit the haven

Swedish Tourists visit the haven

Anita Lennox of Cape St Francis Resort brought some touring travel agents to the Haven on Monday 31 October. Akim Riener of Eternity Adventures in Cape Town was escorting a group from the 4th largest Sandinavian tour operator, Solresor, to Eastern Cape destinations. The intention is to promote responsible tourism encouraging overseas travellers to visit needy causes and to leave behind a contribution of some sort - in Akim's word " not to just take the picture, but to be part of the picture."
In the pic Judy Slade from the Haven with Isabella Nordenfjord and Hanna Ivansson from Malmo in Sweden, Akim Riener of Eternity Adventures, Anita Lennox of Cape St Francis Resort and Daniel Gustafsson from Skara in Sweden. Thanks for coming folks and let's hope we see you again soon!


Rotary DG Kevin Dersley visits the haven

Rotary DG Kevin Dersley visits the haven

Rotary DG Kevin Dersley visited St Francis Bay on Monday 31 October. We took him to Talhado Children's Haven and to the home of Andrew and Margaret Vena in Sea Vista where two of the soup kitchens supported by Rotary and St Francis Village Superspar are run.

Rotary DG Kevin Dersley is pictured with assistant teacher Loureka Coetser, Lesley Moore, administrator and teacher Monica Guga

 


FNB Humansdorp dontates TV set

FNB Humansdorp dontates TV set

School Secretary Chamel Malgas examines a TV set donated by FNB Humansdorp after the FNB St Francis branch was renovated. The Haven also received several chairs, a microwave and some display pot plants from FNB. All will be put to very good use. Thank you very much!

 


Freemasons Blankets Warmly Received

Please help the St Francis Shoe Box Project

Ukupha's annual Christmas charity drive, the St Francis Shoebox Project in aid of the Talhado Children's Haven is already in the planning phase. Ukupha will once again join forces with the learners of the St Francis College to collect decorated shoe boxes filled with various items as requested.

Ukupha Christmas Shoebox project "We are hoping for the community's help to ensure each child receives their own "Santa's Shoebox" for Christmas. The College has committed to collecting 50 shoe boxes but we need 95 in total, so we rely on 'Ukupha and friends' to collect the remaining 45 boxes," says one of the organizers, Louise Niven.

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Freemasons Blankets Warmly ReceivedTalhado Childrens' Haven administrator Lesley Moore, school secretary Chamel Malgas and Dr Don McKenzie of the Freemasons' St Francis Lodge in Humansdorp with Anganathi Ngazi wrapped warmly in her new blanket.

Freemasons Blankets Warmly Received

Representing the Freemasons of St Francis Lodge in Humansdorp, Dr Don McKenzie arrived at Talhado Childrens’ Haven recently with 50 blankets to be distributed to needy children. Some 90 blankets in total have been allocated by the Lodge for this region.
“Over the last two weeks,” said Dr Mckenzie, “Eastern Cape lodges have donated R14 000 and about 400 blankets for the needy. The English Freemasons in South Africa give millions of Rands to non-masonic charities and the poor each year.”
E-mail  ecdistrictoffice@freemasons.org.za for more information on Freemasonry in your area
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St Francis College Earlyact Club members inducted

The Earlyact Club at St Francis College has kicked off with great enthusiasm under the presidency of Grade 7 student Jeff Brooker. Brooker received the club’s official inauguration certificate from Rotary District Governor Kevin Dersley at a formal induction ceremony held at the school recently.

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Fire Prevention Morning at Talhado Childrens' Haven

The St Francis Bay fire brigade visited the children at Talhado Childrens’ Haven recently. Fire chief Keith Donaldson and two firemen Petrus Goede and Alastair Brown enthralled the children demonstrating their equipment. The fire hose was a big hit with all the children!!

Fire is a terrible hazard in the Sea Vista community as many shack dwellers depend on candles and paraffin stoves which are easily knocked over. Fire spreads quickly through the shacks and a whole community can be devastated in no time.


ROTARY ROLL OUT TOMS SHOES FOR ST FRANCIS NEEDY

Jeffreys Bay Rotary Club’s “Shoe Drop” extended to St Francis Bay’s Sea Vista community recently when around 100 pairs of shows were delivered to Talhado Children’s Haven for distribution to local school children from the Haven and Sea Vista Primary School as well as the needy at Aggie’s Soup Kitchen.
Jeffreys Bay Rotary spokesperson, Ted Pope confirmed that this shoe drop is the first of more to come. “Our Rotary Club has placed an order for a further container of shoes through TOMS’ non-profit subsidiary, Friends of TOMS who coordinate "Shoe Drops" around the world,” said Pope. “TOMS Shoes is a for-profit One for One company which designs and sells lightweight shoes based on the Argentine alpargata,” he explained. “With every product sold, TOMS will help a person in need. They do this with help from 501 non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations of which Rotary is one, in more than 20 countries including South Africa.”

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ST FRANCIS ROTARIANS GET WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY

One Saturday morning’s work outside the St Francis Bay Village Superpsar recently netted the fledgling St Francis Bay Rotary Club four full trolley loads of non-perishable foodstuffs. Members of the community gave generously to support the Rotarians in their bid to assist the hungry in our community.

This particular collection was allocated to the Talhado Children’s Haven in Sea Vista and handed over to the staff for use in their soup kitchen. The Haven’s soup kitchen helps feed up to 400 school children. For many of these children this is the only proper meal they receive on a regular basis.

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Craig Haverly shows Riaan Gallon the correct grip at Talhado Children’s Haven’s first the first golf coaching hour

Golf Coaching for Sea Vista Children Begins at Talhado Children’s Haven

Every Thursday afternoon at 15h00, keen British golfers Craig Haverly and Renee Botha will be giving up an hour of their time to teach enthusiastic Sea Vista children how to play golf. The coaching takes place on the playing field outside the Talhado Children’s Haven, where excited boys gather to wait their turn with a club and balls.
“Golf has provided opportunities and employment for many people living in and around St Francis Bay and it therefore makes sense to introduce Sea Vista children to the sport. We felt that we could certainly help with this,” commented Renee Botha, who recently settled at the St Francis Links with partner Haverly. “We’ve moved from Britain to make this our home and we’d like to feel we are doing something positive for the community around us too.”

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Every sent counts, ask Neville!

It is true, every sent counts – but do you realise it has to be counted too! And be accounted for! Neville and Eva Taylor must have counted more than 100 000 coins over the last seven years – all in aid of the Talhado Children’s Haven in Sea Vista. The Haven needs every sent they can get, and when Eva Taylor introduced the Talhado Collection tins they hoped that this might just fill a hole in the budget. Eva collects the tins from the different outlets and then the counting begins – “2, 4, 6, 8, 10. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10,” says her husband Neville. “I have personally counted, packaged and banked some 100 000 coins in this period. The current balance stands at R10 818.” “We have averaged some R10 000 each and every year,” Neville says. So, if it was not for the Talhado Collection Tins, the Haven would have been more than R70 000 poorer! So indeed, every sent counts! If you have a business without a Talhado Collection Tin, please contact Eva to get one!

Story thanks to Esti Stewart - St Francis Village News


Talhado Children’s Haven Financially Threatened

Talhado Children’s Haven Financially Threatened

A campaign to raise at least R10 000 per month to boost Talhado Children’s Haven’s overstretched coffers has been launched. The campaign slogan is “R100 from 100 people” and it is hoped that it will attract sufficient funding to save the school and its services to the Sea Vista community from closure.

Under threat are the Haven’s soup kitchen, the primary school after-care service and the pre-primary school itself, affecting at least 200 children from Sea Vista.Click to read more

 


Bicycle Raffle Success for First Term Fundraiser

Bicycle Raffle Success for First Term Fundraiser

Children’s bike winner Gregan Smith with his mother Doreen
The red bike won by Clayton Fortuin
The blue bike was won by Elgane Koetaan
Pictures : LYN AITKEN

This year’s First Term fundraiser at Talhado Children’s Haven was a raffle for three bicycles donated by St Francis residents, Reg Sharpe and Sheila Beckett.
The pre-primary school children and their parents sold a record number of tickets for the draw almost doubling last year’s total. The amount raised was R4130 of which half will go to the school’s running costs and the other half to fund a trip to Bay World in Port Elizabeth at the end of the year for all of the school’s children.


Much Needed Printer donated to Talhado Children's Haven

Much Needed Printer donated to Talhado Children's Haven

Talhado Children's Haven school secretary and computer teacher, Chamel Malgas, proudly shows of the Xerox Workcentre PRO45 donated to the school by big hearted St Francis Bay resident Paul Heinamann. The printer will be used to print between 5 and 6000 pages a month of school worksheets and other learning material for the children. Thrilled school administrator, Lesley Moore commented that the Children's Haven is not supported by government funding and relies on the generous donations from our public for its existence and success. The printer will save costs for the Haven, and time for the teachers to benefit the children of our community!


St Francis Schools Bid Fond Farewell to a Special Volunteer

St Francis Schools Bid Fond Farewell to a Special Volunteer

Carolien Kral left St Francis Bay at the end of February to return to her full-time position in Holland where she teaches physical education to special needs hyperactive and autistic children between the ages of 12 and 16.

She was with us in St Francis Bay for a month volunteering her skills at the Talhado Children's Haven and Sea Vista Primary School. A firm favourite with the children, she has been teaching everything from basic ball skills for the pre-primary schoolers to coaching hockey and other sports for the older kids. In addition she has been fundraising and hunting down sponsors for much needed sports equipment for the schools. Click to read more


No Donation too small for Talhado Children's Haven
No Donation too small for Talhado Children's Haven

A first day at school calls for writing tools. Mrs Karin Fuchs of St Francis Bay happily handed over donated pencils and crayons to Headmistress, Roseline Goede, These have been collected by her friends in Germany specifically for these children.

Karin and Wolfgang Fuchs moved from Germany to live in St Francis Bay and have taken an active interest in the Children's Haven for the past four years. They kicked off their support at their farewell party when leaving Germany where they organised a quiz party and their friends were invited to buy tickets. The funds raised were used to sponsor 6 computers for the children at Talhado to learn on!


Talhado Children's Haven - first day back at school January 2011
Talhado Children's Haven - first day back at school January 2011

Excited first day pre-primary learners lining up for class at Talhado Children's Haven in the Sea Vista suburb of St Francis Bay. Over 100 children are enrolled at this pre-primary school which also offers After Care for local primary school learners.

Talhado Children's Haven