St Joseph’s Home wishes you well, Sister Annemarie!

Going back after 52 years!

St Joseph’s Home said goodbye to Sister Annemarie, Provincial Superior of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, at the end of January prior to her return to Germany in February. She was so much appreciated and loved by all at SJH and played an active part being a board member and representing SJH at a number of fundraising meetings and events.

Sister Izabela SAC from Rome said that Sister Annemarie was due to leave in 2010, but she stayed on, and referred to her as the “Hero of the Day”.

“We started building the house (St Joseph’s) and knew that the foundation was already there. The support during those times came from late Archbishop Henry and Archbishop Brislin, while I thank Thea Patterson (director) -soon to retire- for her 18 years of service. We are all here together today and feel part of this special family. History will show your work,” she said.     

After entering the Convent: Kloster Marienborn in Limburg an der Lahn in Germany (Pallottine Missionaries) in 1958, Sister Annemarie enrolled for her Nursing Studies (1963) in Erlenbach am Main for her Professional Nursing Diploma.

In 1968 she was sent to the South African Mission in Cape Town to help the Sisters to start the new extension of St. Joseph’s Sanatorium, now Vincent Pallotti Hospital. Her responsibilities included planning and managing the operating theatres. In order to improve her English and to implement my theatre knowledge, she enrolled for a postgraduate training diploma in Operating Theatre Technique at Groote Schuur Hospital.

During her later years she started a district practice, treating and visiting patients in their homes after they had been discharged from the Vincent Pallotti Hospital.  After retirement, she continued her calling, giving pastoral support to patients at the hospital.

She will now be returning to Germany after a service of 52 years in South Africa.

“I wish you as many blessings from the Lord as you can handle,” Sister Annemarie concluded.


Saying goodbye to her: Chirstelle Cornelius (incoming SJH CEO), Sister Annemarie SAC, Thea Patterson (SJH Director), Adrian van Stolk (Chairman), and from Rome, Sister Izabela SAC.


Super weather, support and fun! @Stellenberg

Adopt a Bed: We achieved our goal….

Thank you to all who visited Stellenberg Open Gardens this past weekend!

A special thank you to Sandy and Andrew Ovenstone who chose St Joseph’s as their beneficiary for the two days.

Thank you to SPAR who again donated all the eats and two lucky draw prizes of R5 000 (shopping vouchers) each. The lucky winners are: Stephen Penso and Michelle Faraday.

A thank you to all the volunteers who have worked during the two days.

YOUR generosity has made it possible for SJH to raise just over R129 000- funds the shortfall for three beds in SJH!

Thank you.  


Great Optimist Race

Some of our boys, excitingly learning to sail at the #sailingtherapy session at Zeekoei Vlei Yacht Club on Saturday. Don’t miss the The Great Optimist Race on 19 October at the V & A Waterfront, and #backourboat.

St Joseph’s shares in Soul Circle’s event of Creativity

A philanthropic circle of friends, founded by Celia Falkenberg, chose St Joseph’s Home as their beneficiary for their annual fundraising event. Known as Soul Circle, the evening’s theme was “Creativity Awake” while being entertained by St Joseph’s own Children’s Band.  More than 100 guests attended the event, engaged with speaker Nina Pearse, and also enjoyed special harvest platters of delicious foods, wine and desert. Various items and trees were also auctioned. The Van Stolk family donated two trees to SJH. The event was held at the Post House Wine Estate, Somerset West.

Front left: Alrika Hefers (manager SJH), Adrian van Stolk (chairman SJH Board), Thea Patterson (SJH Director) and Dayne Falkenberg (SJH Board member) represented St Joseph’s at the event.

St Joseph’s children perform in front of an appreciative audience. The band has been developed over two years by two music experts Josey and Igshaan. It is currently funded by the Ryan Foundation as part of a children’s after school project which also includes an art and movement programme.

Interns put up a crowdfunding initiative among their friends and family to raise funds

Some of our interns put up a crowdfunding initiative among their friends and family to raise funds for much needed toiletries for St. Joseph’s children. They did it with so much love and energy. We thank you Nikki, Sabine, Manon and Iris!



Western Cape Health conducts seminar at SJH

Starting the year off with a bang, St Josephs’ Home for Chronically Ill Children hosted a one-day paediatric referral symposium for social workers from different state hospitals. The symposium was organised and facilitated by Western Cape Government Health to discuss challenges regarding the referral process within the paediatric intermediate care policy.

Facilitated by Ms Delray Fourie from the department, the interactive workshop covered various topics like communications (fast feedback), policies, age restriction in referrals, understanding processes and the role and responsibility of support after discharge- the child at home.

She emphasized that the discharge of a patient, is a process and more input is needed to develop an internal policy for Health. The current one was drafted with adults in mind.

SJH’s representation included a multi-disciplinary team supported by the Director, Thea Patterson, Sister Audrey Gourrah, Matron and Faiza Achmat, Therapeutic Manager.  The day concluded with a question and answer session, while a tour of the facilities at SJH was also conducted.

Thank you, Uthando – we love you!

Yesterday, the kids of St Joseph’s Home became the lucky recipients of an indestructible table tennis board, guaranteed to provide hours of activity. The donation worth about R40,000 was initiated by one of the volunteers, Max, while Unthando’s James Fernie (founding director) facilitated the donation. Uthando (Love South Africa) is a unique model of Travelling Philanthropy and Responsible Tourism linking the local and international tourism industry focused on South Africa with a broad range of innovative, inspiring and well managed community development projects.

Sponsor a table tennis cement table is one of  Uthando’s projects which they seek sponsorships for. According to James, they are incredibly excited to help transform communities through sport. These cement tables are a first in South Africa.

The first table was installed at Welcome Primary School in Heideveld on 26 June 2017 which proved a huge success. St Joseph’s is proud to have one too!

Thank you to FIA for all your support!

The Peninsula branch of FIA presented St Joseph’s with donation of R18 000. Pictured here are Laura Schultz (St Joseph’s), Michael Morris, from FIA and long-time friend of St Joseph’s and  Yvette Schroder.

Spar Donates R500 000,00

Thank you SPAR!

St Joseph’s received R500 000 from SPAR Western Cape from the proceeds of their annual golf day.

From left: Colin Patterson (SPAR), Sister Prescilla Rego, Sister Annemarie Niehsen SAC and Scott Forrest (SPAR)

Nappy Campaign reaches Target !!!

We wanted to raise R50,000, collect 40,000 nappies and

     save R120,000.

BUT we did much better!

  •                                30,072   nappies donated
                            R105.252  cash banked
  •                                         R157,119.76 saving on our budget

We thank you: Calling all parishes, groups, donors, funders/retail and supporters: We thank you for being part of our dreams and vision to improve the lives of the children in our care, giving them a second chance at childhood. Your generosity toward the children at SJH, has been amazing and we have reached our targets.