The Guardian Angel program has been developed by Iris House to show our appreciation to individuals and groups for their support of our Charity. The first Angels where awarded in 2014. Each Angel recipient is approved by the board of Iris House. Each recipient is awarded an Angel based on merit, which is not necessary based on financial contribution. Iris House recognises the amazing support of our corporate sponsors by Awarding Certificates of Appreciation.
Meet our Guardian Angels
Nicole Venter: Nicole received an Angel for her beautiful Cuppa4Care fundraiser that she organised for Iris House as well as her assistance with our Christmas Shoebox project, and spearheading our support at de Vere Group SA
Danilo Acquisto: Danilo received his Angel live on the set of his final show for HecticNine9. He received his Angel in recognition of his media support for Iris House. Featuring us twice on HecticNine9, also his contribution as MC for our Ball and narrator for our 2014 Hospice renovation video.
Marietha Potgieter: Marietha is an Iris House Mom who lost her son after a 26 year battle. Marietha has held two fantastic Cuppa4Care events for Iris House and she and her husband are part of our fundraising team. Despite her grief Marietha decided to play it forward and hold a prayer breakfast to honour her son Jacque and to support Iris House, raising much needed funds. Marietha also personally completed all our Christmas Cracker orders for 2014.
David Fisher: David has been involved as a volunteer photographer, event helper and sponsor since 2013 and is part of our fundraising team. We are so fortunate to have beautiful photos of all our events as a result of David’s hard work.
Mel Roets CEO – Lighthouse Project: Mel has been supporting Iris House since it’s inception in 2011. Mel runs a team of fundraiser who rain or shine are at various shopping centres throughout the Western Cape. In total the Lighthouse Project has raised over R140k for Iris House. Mel was invited on the board of Iris House in 2014 as a non executive director.
Christ Church Tygerburg: Christ Church Tygerburg provided Iris House with a venue for our care team training and meetings in 2013. Iris House continued to use their Sunday School venue till late 2014 when it was planned to be demolished to make way for a purpose built church. Christ Church new of the renovation Iris House was making to their own Hospice property and donated every brick we have making up our driveway, pavings stones, blinds, carpets and cupboards.
Neville Gilliomee: Neville is a one of a kind type of guy. He knows no fear and lives for a challenge. In 2015 Neville completed the Cape Argus Cycle Tour for Iris House riding a Gatti Ice Cream Bike weighing over 50kg. Not only did he finish but he did so with 4 seconds to spare on the cut off time.
Premier Helen Zille: Premier Helen Zille has supported Iris House and their vision of community and hospice based respite care for Special Needs Children since it’s inception in 2011. Premier Helen Zille has been a guest speaker at every Iris House Ball and on the 14th of April 2015 she opened phase one of the Iris House Hospice Building. She has also provided financial support from the Premiers Office after each Ball event. Without her support Iris House would not have been able to achieve their goals to date.
Audrey van der Holegen: Audrey read an article in our local paper about Iris House and was touched by what she read. So much so she contacted our offices and without any hesitation made a donation of R25,000.00. Audrey is a pensioner who in her own words “had a little extra to give” What an inspiration to know their are still unselfish people like Audrey in the world. Audrey has since gifted a further R5000 to Iris House and remains in touch despite her recent poor health.
Sue and Robert Pritt: Sue and Robert are the first couple to receive an Angel’s Award. Sue Pritt is a long standing Soroptimist and Robert a Rotarian. The couple are retired and live in the UK for six months of the year and spend the balance of the year between their home in Cape Town and other travelling. Sue became involved in Iris House originally via the Soroptimist Club Cape of Good Hope. However she stepped out of this role and became an active volunteer with the Hospice renovations, assisting with the purchase and installation of security cameras, lights, timers all the specially made curtains and bed covers for the house, even a 50 litre bin. Sue doesn’t miss a trick. Robert has been the Iris House Father Christmas at the last two year end events. He has a real passion for our Children and this is so evident by their reaction to the man in the red suit. Robert approached is local Rotary Club to assist Iris House with their Mfuleni Hub and raised R14,000.00 for this project. He is in the process of gaining and equal grant from Rotary International and has also introduced Iris House to many local Rotary Clubs resulting in funding of Hospice Rooms and our Stables.
Craig Capper: Craig attended the 2015 Iris House Ball and was so touched by the care offered by Iris House that he then and there decided to fill one of their biggest needs and purchase a vehicle to transport children to and from hospice sessions. Craig donated the funds (over R170,000.00) to purchase a Brand New Suzuki Ertiga 7 seater which was handed over at a small function in his honour at the hospice.
Sheila Belcher – Mother of Ruan (an Iris House child) Sheila is a strong advocate for the rights of children with disabilities. Sheila is always willing to go the extra mile. Sheila created our Cuppa4Care fundraising event, she is always to be found lending a hand at our events. Sheila is also a volunteer carer and an active member of our fundraising team.
Irina Mink. German born Irina is a Iris House volunteer photographer and videographer. Irina has taken amazing photos at our events and also painstakingly put together our fantastic slide show shown at the 2015 ball. Irina is always keen to lend a hand, despite living in the Southern Suburbs Irina makes time to come through to Iris House as often as she can often bring very useful donations with her. Irina is also a invaluable member of our fundraising team.
Kerrith Coleman: Kerrith is a budding young entrepreneur with a successful event planning and co -ordaining business. Kerrith created and organised our very successful Christmas in July event in 2015. Kerrith is always on hand to add sparkle to Iris House family and fundraising events with her bubbly personality. Kerrith is also a very active member of our fundraising team always willing to take on more then expected.
Hennie Botha. Hennie is the proud owner of Kontra Signs, situated in Bellville. We contacted Hennie when we first took occupation of the hospice to assist us with signs on the Stikland parameter wall and at our Hospice. Since our initial meeting Hennie has not only supplied ALL the outdoor signs currently seen at our hospice but he also created the beautiful plaque for Premier to mark the opening of our building and a similar plaque commemorating Iris Jackson (Sue van der Linde’s Mom) and the person who the hospice is named after. Hennie’s workshop also created the fantastic Great Gatsby doorway used at our 206 Ball
Kobus and Joey have been the Iris House DJ’s for over 2 years now. Even going as far as to drive to Saldanha Bay to provide music for our Family Year end function. They never charge for their services, and have often bid on items themselves at our events. Thank you both for being the special people you are.