Respite Care Centre in Khayalitsha opened amidst great fanfare

The much-anticipated Respite Care Centre, for those suffering from HIV and other infectious diseases, was opened by The Irish Ambassador, Mr. Colin Wrafter, on Monday 05 March 2007. There was great excitement all round, with Rosie Mashale and her staff celebrating the realization of their dream with traditional Xhosa singing and dancing and the Woodberry Woodpeckers, the primary donors on this project, responding with Irish dittys of their own. This enthusiastic bunch of Irishmen not only donated a large portion of the funding for this centre, but also spent 3 days hands-on, putting together all the finishing touches to the building and in the process, getting to know the local residents better.

The minister for Finance, Ms Lynn Brown also addressed the gathering, as did the deputy Mayor Ms Chantelle Williams. The Mayor herself, Helen Zille, was not able to make the opening celebrations, but she hosted a private gathering in the mayor’s dining room for the Woodberry Woodpeckers and Trustees of the TCD Trust, where she personally and very eloquently thanked our generous guests for their heartfelt input into our most needy communities.

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We also say A VERY BIG THANK YOU to them and to all Friends of the Trust for your continued support.

Watch this space for news on our next big project to be announced soon!