Ethelbert thanks women’s auxiliary

2017-11-22 06:02
Guests (from left) Anne Roberts, Cynthia Preiss, Rosemary Hurter and Kerenza Richter.PHOTO:Tania Sandberg

Guests (from left) Anne Roberts, Cynthia Preiss, Rosemary Hurter and Kerenza Richter.PHOTO:Tania Sandberg

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ETHELBERT Child and Youth Care Centre recently celebrated the rich history they share with the Methodist Church Women’s Auxiliary (WA) and thanked them for their involvement over an early Christmas lunch.

Guest speaker and president of the WA, Lynese Morris said we often fail to recognise the seeds we plant in children.

“My son was young when I got involved with Ethelbert. He is now 43 and wants to bring his children to get involved,” she said.

Ethelbert past principal, Ernie Nightingale said seeing it is the centenary year of the WA, he wanted to share the history of the WA with Ethelbert.

“Ethelbert was started in 1907 and named after young Ethelbert Corbishley, who drowned. His family decided to start a children’s home for orphaned children in his memory. It was decided the family would donate the land and the Methodist Church of Southern Africa would donate towards maintenance and upkeep of the home.

“Originally, the boys and girls were housed in a single double-storey building. The girls were accommodated upstairs and the boys downstairs. Later the Corbishley family provided extra ground and another house was built, which the girls moved into.

“Towards the end of the forties, the committee involved with the running of the home realised the home would essentially remain an institute as long as the girls and boys lived in boarding school-type accommodation. After 16 years of planning, the ‘cottage system’ of residential care was introduced to Ethelbert – a concept entirely new to children’s homes in the province,” Nightingale said.

“When I joined Ethelbert in 1990, it had an established relationship with the WA. A tradition started in the church to do a Christmas collection via the Natal Coastal District Women’s Auxiliary for Ethelbert and is still practised today.”

Nightingale recalled how he visited several WA branches over the years, who still support Ethelbert today.

Ernie’s wife Rosa thanked the WA for their ongoing support saying when she arrived at the age of 23, they were “always there to support her”.

“WA, you are the fragrance of Christ to God, thank you,” she said.

Ethelbert director, Vanessa Theophilus said when she arrived four years ago, she was told to take care of the WA. “Every day we stand in awe of what God does and we thank the WA for keeping our baskets full. We see you us our partners and give God all the praise for the things He allows us to do,” she said.

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