Wishing Former Treasurer, Chris Yuill, a Happy Retirement

Chris Yuill took over as Treasurer of the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre during 1991, and held this position until 2017 when he handed over the reins to Grant Fincham.

Over the years that he served as the Treasurer, and then a general member of the Board, Chris made sure that the finances of the organisation were carefully administered to ensure the sustainability of the organisation. His integrity and attention to the smallest detail resulted in our ability to withstand some challenging financial storms.

It is not only Chris’s astute mind, financial expertise and general knowledge of the workings of this organisation that have made him an invaluable asset, but also his heart for children, concern for staff and genuine love for the Children’s Homes that will be missed.

We are pleased that he will continue to be involved in advising the organisation on a range of matters, as an Honorary Committee Member.

Thanks to Grobank

Early this year, our organisation was amongst many others that were affected by the heavy rain storm. Our reception area was flooded, causing damage to the flooring and some equipment.

Grobank came to the rescue with financial assistance to attend to this need. Thank you to the awesome management and staff of Grobank for being our Partners in Care of Youth and Children.

31 Club – thank you

Special thanks to the wonderful ladies from the 31 Club for their incredible kindness and generosity to our organisation.

Soon after the children moved into Saunders House, we discovered that the burglar bars that were installed had wide gaps in them that posed a safety threat for our children. In August this year, we appealed to the Club for assistance to adjust the burglar bars, and without hesitation they granted us the financial support to attend to this need. Thank you!

Friendship Day Celebrations

On Saturday, 2 November we hosted our Annual Friendship Day Programme.

The goal of the programme is to empower our young people and teach them leadership skills. Our young people spent much time practising with assistance and support from our dedicated Child and Youth Care Workers.

The event was a huge success as our children performed a variety of songs, drama and dance. Special thanks must go to Maggie Pelkofer and Madison Seeger, our foreign in-service students from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, for raising a total of R9000 for this event through Go Fund Me, an online fundraising site.

We would also like to acknowledge one of our loyal donors, Mrs. S Madaree, for donating the refreshments for the day.

President’s Awards

In September this year, 13 young people completed the gold hike to successfully complete their level and achieve their Gold Presidents Award. In addition 8 young people also graduated from Silver to Gold in August.

Well done and congratulations to our young people for their hard work and determination. A special thank you to Christine Wyngaard and the President’s Awards Team for their commitment to supporting our young people through this journey.

Thank you Glen Parent Youth Group

A big thank you to Glen Parent Youth Group for all that they have done for us over the last two weeks.

This is our second visit from an Irish Youth Group this year. We really do feel special that they love visiting our organisation.

Whilst spending time with us, they helped with painting some of our offices and the pool area, as well as spoiling our children which included lots of soccer games.

Another great Mandela week – thanks to you!

Grateful thanks to everyone who volunteered, visited or donated to help make Mandela Week 2019 unforgettable!

We started the week with the Gogos from Issey Geshen Old Aged home, who shared stories and gave out handmade soft toys for our little ones.

The Glenwood High School 1st Rugby team showed us their talent off the field when they helped us clean, paint and setup our laundry room.

Companies such as Lee-Chem Laboratories, Wits Health Consortium and Accenture Operations helped give various areas of our Centre a facelift with general cleaning and painting. We also received an overwhelming contribution of non-perishable food items and wishlist items from individuals, schools and corporates. A big thank you to you all!

Special thanks to Dr. Nkosinathi Shabalala for spending 67 minutes with us! Our Siyakhula Group enjoyed your informative talk and were truly grateful for your free consultation.

On Tuesday, 16 July we hosted our very own Corporate Amazing Race Challenge as part of our Mandela Week Programme. Facilitated by Beach and Bush Teambuilding as part of their CSI initiative, the event encouraged corporates to assist with maintenance projects around the home, whilst raising funds towards the care of our children and youth.

Teams of four enjoyed a day of fun team-building activities and low impact maintenance projects such as gardening and painting. Participants were from the following companies:

  • Pro Print (Pty) (2 teams)
  • Accenture Operations
  • Astron Energy (Pty) Ltd (6 teams).

Tasks were completed in a rotation format and teams were judged on their thoroughness of completing the projects. The top three winning teams were : 1st Place – Pro Print, 2nd Place – Astron Energy and 3rd Place – EBM-PAPST.

We are grateful to our sponsors on the day, who included The Barnyard Theatre – Suncoast, Chateau Gateaux, Waltons Glenwood, Stella@Glenwood, Innovative Methology, KZN Athletics Club, Deals on Wheels and Beach and Bush Teambuilding Company.

Collectively all ten teams that participated helped us give three of our cottages a facelift, developed ten mini gardens with creative settings and painted 40 bright and colourful tyres for our obstacle course. Through the entry fees, they helped us raise some much needed funds for our care programmes!

This event was a success only through the amazing support and charitable spirit of all our participants and sponsors for the day. Thank you!

Pictured above are the winners, Pro-print and runners up Astron Energy. Third place went to the team from EBM-PAPST (below).

Mandy Goble

Message from the Director

Over the past few months the DCYCC has been a hive of activity. It has been an incredibly busy time with much happening. Along with the daily demands of providing holistic care to 82 children, we have also had to contend with some unexpected, and in some cases extraordinary, challenges that have stretched us as never before. There were many times when we were keenly aware that God’s grace had carried us through the day.

Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity’’. However, recognising opportunity when confronted by difficulties is easier said than done! Fortunately, DCYCC has over time, developed a team of people with the ability to hold steady at the peak of the storm, recognise the opportunity within the challenge and press forward with new learning.

Our children coped admirably during this time, completing the 2nd term of the 2019 academic year and participating in a myriad of activities. Without realising it, they encourage us to keep focussed on our mission.

When one pauses to consider the mammoth obstacles they have faced and continue to face on a daily basis, one cannot but be both encouraged and humbled by their courage. So we look to the remainder of the year with a resolve to focus on the possibilities.

NACCW 22nd Biennial and 4th CYC-Net World Conference

From 2-4 July, 2019, the National Executive Committee of the South African National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) and the Board of Governors of CYC-Net hosted their 22nd NACCW Biennial Conference and the 4th CYC-Net World Conference at the Durban ICC.

Our Director, Mandy Goble, along with 25 of staff members and two young people were given the wonderful opportunity to attend the conference. They joined local, National and International delegates enjoying a spirited professional experience, which blended diverse child and youth care work experiences from across the globe with engagements on practice, programmes and child and youth care work policy in a city renowned for summer days all year round!

Going for Gold

At the end of June, 12 of our young people attended a 4-night camp hosted by the Presidents Award. The theme for the camp was “Service”, which was  part of a Residential Project.

Our young people, who achieved their Silver Awards last year, participated in various tasks during the camp which were required to advance to their Golden Level award.