Home for the disabled celebrates 50 years

2015-09-23 09:27
Sister Karin Summers (left) and admin manager Anne Kromhout at John Peattie House.

Sister Karin Summers (left) and admin manager Anne Kromhout at John Peattie House. (Ian Carbutt)

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JOHN Peattie House for the mentally and physically challenged celebrated its 50th anniversary last Sunday with face painting and a special meal for residents and guests.

The house was built in 1965 as a safe, loving and prejudice-free environment for adults and children suffering from mental and physical disabilities.

The anniversary was held in conjunction with the house’s AGM and during the event, some of the more challenging moments of the previous year were remembered.

“Sister Karin Summers, the matron of the house, delivered an address on the events of the previous year and highlighted that the home had gone through some challenging times,” said spokesperson Lilian Strydom.

“These included a fire and massive amounts of hail damage.”

Strydom said the home had come under financial strain and is in need of donations and “assistance in any possible manner”.

She said the hail had caused over R300 000 in damage to most of the home’s ceilings.

“It’s a huge amount. Our new Kombi, that was sponsored by the National Lottery fund, was damaged, but has since been repaired.”

She said after the runaway fire that started at World’s View in September last year, a shed was damaged.

On a lighter note, Strydom said the home often took their 49 residents on outings, with the favourite outing being a trip to the beach.

“They absolutely love it. Some of them battle with walking, but when they get into the water, they are like little fish.”

She said they planned on taking the residents back to the beach soon with the help of possible donations.

An organisation called The Methodist Group had recently helped them to set up their own vegetable garden, and chillies had been “a huge hit” with the people living in the home.

“The older residents love growing chillies, and eat it with almost every meal.”

To make donations to the John Peattie House, visit their website, www.johnpeattiehouse.co.za

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