On the 7th of December, Iris House invited over 300 families and friends to their annual Year End Event. This year was particularly special as it was held on the grounds of the new Hospice building. The theme for the day was country picnic and the scene as set with picnic spots, hay bale’s and snacks provided for the families. Several local artists entertained the guests throughout the day as well as students from the School of Magic. Pony rides and a jumping castle ensured all the children had lots to keep them busy. Lunch was made on the braai by the Leo’s de Grendel team and Iris House volunteers.
The highlight of the day for the Children was the arrival of Father Christmas who handed out presents to every Special Need Child and their siblings in attendance.
Minister Donald Grant of public works was on hand to officiate the placing of the first signage at the property. Minister Grant complimented Iris House by saying “You have done an incredible job thus far. It is a task that very few can do effectively as it demands a complete absence of one’s self and dedication, love and care for those who are not responsible for their condition. The work you do is truly remarkable. I am always humbled when I meet those who really understand the meaning of “loving one’s neighbour”.
Due to the house itself being in a very bad state of repair, all the activities took place on the grounds of the Hospice. Even toilets were brought in to accommodate the guests.
The house was open to all with posters in each room giving details of what was needed. Currently the house only has two plugs and one outside tap working. All plumbing and electrical work has been kindly sponsored by Mr. John Dunlop of the TechnoElectrical Group, however due to the history of vandalism at the property, work is on hold till the the property can be secured, this entails erecting a wall between the neighbouring house and a large gate, raising and repairing the existing walls, replacing all the window frames and glass with safety glass. adding Trelli Doors to all entrances and installing an alarm system.
We are in the process of obtaining quotes for the work needing to be done and are appealing to local business to support us where possible. A full list of what is needed can be seen on our website under the tab Get Involved – House Renovations . http://iris-house.org/iris-house-renovations Or you can contact Sue van der Linde on 021 559 0800.
All the photos from the day can be seen on our Facebook page