Christine Revell Childrens Home
The origins of the Christine Revell Children’s Home go back more than 60 years, having been started by a community worker, Christine Revell, to care for young unwed mothers. The Uniting Reformed Church later transformed it into a children’s home and place of safety for babies and small children and named it after Christine Revell. The Home is registered with the Department of Social Services of the Western Cape and receives a small monthly subsidy per child. For all other needs the Home depends on donations. https://christinerevellchildrenshome.co.za/
Karryn has been serving on the management committee of the Christine Revell Children’s home for the last 15 years.
With all the love and support she offers, that goes way beyond her call of duty, it is no surprise that she is known as the “Fairy Godmother” amongst staff and children.
Each December Karryn hosts a Christmas Party with a different theme, various artists and volunteers to entertain the children.
Her daughters share the same passion for the home and often invite friends along to assist. This allows the staff to take a well-deserved break while the friends and family play and take care of the children.
The highlight of the day is the personalised backpacks Karryn prepares for each and every child. She fills them with daily necessities, stationary and educational toys.
The staff members receive a gift as a token of appreciation, because Karryn believes they ultimately “make this house a loving home!”
Karryn is also in charge of the maintenance of the home and through her network of friends and real estate clients she supplies a lot of unwanted furniture, office desks, chairs, TV’s, crockery, cutlery, clothes and toys for the children on a regular basis.
These items, if not used in the home, get sold at their bazaar or charity shop to generate an income for the home.
Staff service awards: 2018
Karryn Cartoulis with Rosaline Scheffers, Senior CYCW, who started working at CRCH on 1 April 1983 on her left and Siziwe Alam, who has been employed at the organisation for 15 years, on her right.