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Belfast Children’s Home gets a makeover


In a remarkable joint venture, Assmang Chrome – Machadodorp Works and Overland Group joined hands recently and embarked on a much-needed total refurbishment and upgrade of the Senior Boys Section at the Belfast Children’s Home (BCH) in Belfast. And Thursday 12 June is when the results of this substantial investment of funds, time and effort all paid off for the smiling boys.


The spick-and-span building was officially opened by Councillor M. Hadebe - Emakhazeni Local Municipality, Ashley McLeod – SGM, Machadodorp Works and Gert van Deventer – MD, Overland Group as well as a host of invited dignitaries at a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony at the home. After the ribbon was cut and the revamped section was declared officially open, BCH Manager, Johan Theart took the guests on a tour of the facility to get a first hand view of the extent of the work. It was immediately apparent that a great deal of work had been done in a relatively short period of time – ranging from the brand-new roof and the freshly-painted dormitories to the newly-tiled ablution facilities.


Tour completed, the sponsors, guests and dignitaries were thanked by Johan Theart. “The home is extremely grateful to Assmang and Overland for the wonderful assistance. I know I speak for the boys who will enjoy their lovely new section when I say a very big thank you! for your kindness and generosity,” he said. As the afternoon drew to a close, it was announced that there was to be an added “surprise event” to the programme and the assembled guests were asked to once again take their seats for a performance by some of the home’s children.


What many people do not know is that, for the last year, local businesswoman, Didi Hepburn, with support from Assmang, has been running the Diron Circus Academy at BCH as an extra-mural activity for a number of the children. This academy has proved hugely popular. So much so that a full-scale “Circus “ event has been planned for later in the year as a fund-raising event for the home and the children have been hard at work in rehearsals. For now though, the “performers” gave their appreciative audience a taste of what they had been working on with a dazzling display of dancing, plate-twirling, juggling and more that had the guests smiling broadly. Load applause greeted the performers as they took their final bows. If this interim demonstration of their talents was anything to go by, the “grand event” at year-end promises to be a real show-stopper!

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