Williams Hunt – The Glen, identified St Mary’s Children’s Home in Rosettenville, as their GM Childlife Foundation project. This Children’s home consists of a few cottages, each of them accommodating 18 children.
Since the establishment of the original orphanage in 1902, St Mary’s has embraced a more modern cottage system of family units and has adapted to meet the challenges of the present. This includes the impact of HIV/Aids on children and families, as well as the large-scale immigration to the city of Johannesburg, which results in unemployment and extensive poverty in the community. This in turn leads to abuse and abandonment.
Two of the cottages were not in use because of their condition. One of the cottages was renovated by M-Net Cares and Builders Warehouse, which left one cottage unused. This is where Williams Hunt – The Glen stepped in.
Phase 1 of the project was to renovate the cottage for 18 children. This entailed painting the cottage, fixing the plumbing and geysers, renovating and refurbishing the dining room, bathrooms, patio and kitchen. New light fittings and fixtures were also installed where needed.
Phase 2 of the project aims to provide furniture, curtains, linens, crockery and cutlery for the cottage. In addition to this, Williams Hunt – The Glen aims to make monthly contributions toward food and living expenses.
Wessel Marais, Dealer Principal, Williams Hunt – The Glen said, “We have learnt that everyone has something good in them, but they do not always know how and where to assist. This project taught us that if we are properly involved in a project of this nature, then we are making a difference with our input and resources, which does not only come down to giving money.”
“I thought I was so busy at work and did not have time for anything else, but quickly learned how to make time for this project. We are only at the beginning of this road and learnt that the more people we get involved, the easier it becomes. The more satisfying part is still ahead of us, we cannot wait to see the children being cared for in the house we prepared and in a controlled environment,” said Marais.