St Joseph's Home for chronically ill children, Cape Town



A Spring miracle

Heather was admitted in February of 2010 with an acute onset of proximal muscle weakness and diagnosed with Polymyositis. Polymyositis is a type of chronic inflammatory myopathy. It means 'many muscle inflammation'. It often noted in the upper legs due to early fatigue while walking. Sometimes the weakness presents itself as an inability to rise from a seated position without help or an inability to raise one's arms above one's head.

St Josephs Home, Cape Town - Heather

Heather received physio and Occupational therapy and she also required on going nursing care. She is 9 years of age, is in grade three and attends our own school at St Joseph's Primary School. Heather was initially wheelchair bound, unable to stand or walk. She could not go to the toilet on her own, but she was able to feed and dress herself with some support.

After 2 months at the Home, Heather was able to walk with assistance. Today, Heather is able to run and play without limitations and she will soon return to her family. Heather is a well-motivated child with good cognitive skills. She is well mannered, talkative and active. Heather has a supportive family that visits her often. She goes home for holidays to spend time with her five siblings.

Amazingly, her mother is also in a wheelchair but able to walk with some assistance. She is a single parent, who struggles financially but fortunately has support from her family. Heather can't wait to be discharged and is excited about her future. We were blessed in being able to make a difference in Heather's young life. Congratulations to Heather, our Spring Miracle Child.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.

Mohter Theresa

Legacy of Healing Award

Pallottine Missionary Sisters

The Pallottine Missionary Sisters received the Legacy of Healing award, presented by Archbishop Lawrence Henry, who was last year's Legacy awardee. The award was presented at the gala evening celebrating 75 years of unselfish service on behalf of the Home and our children, who suffer from chronic medical conditions. Accepting the award on behalf of the Pallottine Sisters is Convent Superior Sr. Vera Altemeier (left). Holding the award is Provincial Superior, Sr. Boscona Schamann.

Pallottine Missionary Sisters

The Corporate Legacy of Healing Award for 2010 went to SPAR- Western Cape, for their sustained support in helping to save the lives of children at the Home. Accepting the Award on behalf of SPAR is Colin Patterson, the Marketing Manager of Spar - Western Cape. Eric Ratshikhopha from Xstrata (left) and Darrin Arends from Petro SA (right), who were the two 2009 recipients of the Legacy award presented the trophy. To the far left is Bill Gordon, the MC, Board Member and Chairperson of the St. Joseph's Gala Planning Committee.

Send Birthday greetings to the Pallottine Sisters

For 75 years, the Pallotine Sister’s have selflessly dedicated their lives to the success of St Joseph’s Home. In honour of this milestone, we would like to recognise and commemorate the devotion of the Pallottine Sisters by presenting them with a large Birthday Card at the 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner on September 9th, at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

We invite you, our loyal friends, to help us wish the Sisters a happy birthday and to show them our gratitude and appreciation for creating a home filled with healing and happiness.

In this card, we will include the names of all the donors who make a monetary donation between June and August to help us close the fiscal gap this year. We would also ask that you include your mailing address, as the Sisters would want to personally thank everyone.

Please help us give the Pallottine Sisters the celebration and thanks they deserve for taking care of our children over the past 75 years. May God’s blessing be upon them.

Our Website has Gala Pictures, lists our sponsors, has our 2010 Annual report and you can view our video donated by TEQUILA\MOTION

Sr. M Boscona, SAC

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St Josephs Home 75th Anniversary logo

St Josephs Home 75th Anniversary logo

The Gala Dinner Celebration in honour of the Pallottine Sisters’ 75 years of dedicated service.

The Gala Dinner is taking place on September 9th at 19:00 at the prestigious Mount Nelson Hotel.

Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

St. Joseph’s Home is offering friends and supporters an opportunity to purchase tickets to our 75th Gala event.

Tickets are R800 each, or purchase a table of 10 at R7500.

Helen Zille

Helen Zille, Guest of Honour and speaker - The honourable Premier of the Western Cape.

Riaad Moosa

Riaad Moosa, one of South Africa’s comic geniuses will make us all laugh at the Gala Dinner.

The Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin, and retired Archbishop of Cape Town, Lawrence Henry, will be presenting a special birthday card to the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in honour of all their efforts over the past 75 years.

The “Legacy of Healing Award” will be presented at the Gala Dinner to
SPAR Western Cape
and to the
Pallottine Missionary Sisters.

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Donations received are used for and by ‘St. Joseph's Home for Children’ in carrying out its mission to serve medically fragile and handicapped children.

‘St. Joseph's Home for Children’ is a registered Non-Profit organization based on the Non-Profit Organization Act (Act 71 of 1997).
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