An Easter miracle
Tony is 16 years of age. He was living in Zimbabwe with his parents when they both died of TB. Alone, with no place to call home, and no
money, he embarked on a journey, walking and catching rides in the back of trucks to connect with an uncle who lives in Cape Town. At the border
crossing, many people were prevented from entering South Africa and much to his surprise, he just walked passed the border station without
anyone stopping him.
Tony felt sick the entire time, and he knew something was wrong. When he reached Cape Town he sought medical treatment, and was
diagnosed with diabetes. He was placed at St. Josephs Home in June of 2009. Once in our care, we also treated him for malnutrition. While in our
care he was diagnosed with TB, and was immediately placed on TB medication. Tony feels that St. Josephs has given him his life back and says
“this is the first time in a long time that I dont feel sick and I can sleep at night without being worried”.
Today, Tony has obtained refugee status and attends the Athlone School. He is in grade 11 and has an aptitude for science. Tony is one of their top
students. He is also considered a student leader. He wants to become a doctor, and when asked why, he said, “I have seen so many
children suffering, and I want to do something with my life to help them to get better”.
Tony injects himself four times a day with insulin, and tests his sugar levels six times a day. He has learned to manage his diabetes and he feels
proud of the manner in which the nurses trained him to monitor and treat his illness. He shares a section of the medical ward which is exclusively for
children with diabetes.
Tony enjoys playing chess and would like to start a chess club at St. Joseph’s. When he is discharged from the Home, Tony hopes to
live with his uncle, who has remained his only link to his parents.
He is loved by all who meet him and we walk away with an appreciation for all that he has been through and overcome. Tony is our miracle
child for our Easter edition.
SAVE THE DATE:
SEPTEMBER 9th 2010
GALA CELEBRATION AT THE
MOUNT NELSON HOTEL
Peter Hughes selected as Chairman
Peter Hughes has been selected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Home for Children by the Pallottine Missionary
Sisters to fill the role of the retiring chairman, Archbishop Henry Lawrence.
Peter has served on the Board for over a year as a member of the Executive Committee. In one of Peter’s first acts as Chairperson, the
Archbishop Henry has been invited to serve as a Patron of St. Joseph’s Home.
Peter brings 17 years of experience as the CEO of the Spar Group Limited, and 10 years as a Spar International Director. Peter continues to
serve as a Non-Executive Chairman of the Spar Group Ltd.
His work experience and leadership will serve St. Joseph’s well, as the continuing winds of change challenges us to do more with less.
We are confident that Peter, along with the Pallottine Sisters and the twelve Board members, will help St. Joseph’s Home to achieve
continued success in the years to come.