When Iris House was first formed back in 2011, a lady named Mel Roets came to see Sue at her home (then the Iris House office) She asked Sue would she like to earn money for the Charity without actively having to do anything. Sue was obviously curious and after a lengthy discussion, Mel explained that her team of “older” people (who due to ill health or age were unable to find work)
Mel organised spots at shopping centres for her team to sell keyrings, fridge magnets and at Christmas time offer a wrapping order service. Of the money made from these sales, the cost of production was first deducted, then a commission paid to the sales person. The balance was for the Charity.
Over the years, Mel’s team has certainly not disappointed raising a fantastic R 323.682.52 to date for Iris House Children’s Hospice
The last cheque handover of R29, 744.02 took place at the hospice building on the 18th of April, this being the 2015/16 income raised. During this period, the Lighthouse Project also suffered a major setback as Mel was admitted to ICU and spent several months recovering from an illness.
We are incredibly grateful for the work done by the Lighthouse Project on behalf of Iris House, no matter what the weather conditions the team are at their posts promoting and raising funds for Iris House
Thank You, Mel and Team we appreciate your support.
Handing over the cheque is Tracy de Jager a Lighthouse team member. Also in photo from left to right Tracy de Jager, Gladys Letshela carer, Helen Olivier Playmaker, Sue van der Linde Founder and CEO, Nolubalo Mbola carer, Zoleka Jamangile carer, Pam Gazzard Care team manager. Children from left to right Zizipho Stakfani, Lindokuhle Magadlela (held by Helen) Kungawo Taba