The Emmanuel Children’s Haven opened 24 years ago and it will host its first benefit concert to raise funds for its day-to-day expenses.
This concert, a special performance by the Odeion String Quartet from Bloemfontein, is supported by the Department of Social Development.
Affectionately known to many as House Emmanuel, the haven is a place of safety to 25 children who vary in ages from infancy to 12 years old. When the need arises and the Department of Social Development gives permission, the house is allowed to open its doors to even more kids.
In the past it has been able to accommodate as many as 34 children at once.
The house takes in orphans and abandoned, neglected, sexually and physically abused, or HIV infected children.
Recently, the house has seen an increased number of malnourished children as well.
House Emmanuel receives a subsidy from the Department of Social Development.
According to House Emmanuel’s manager, Fransie Strydom, the subsidy goes a long way – but sometimes the money runs low.
For this reason, the Odeion String Quartet has joined hands with the house to showcase a fundraising benefit concert.
According to Petro Reger of House Emmanuel, all proceeds will go towards funding the day-to-day expenses and the fixing of the house, as well as luxuries such as disposable nappies and specific dietary needs.
- House Emmanuel is classified as a section 18A charity organisation, meaning that businesses and people who donate money or property will be entitled to a deduction from their taxable income if the donation is supported by the necessary section 18A receipt issued by the organisation. The Odeion String Quartet will perform a variety of classical and contemporary music.
- The concert will take place on 18 May at 18:30 at the hall of the Merriespruit Primary School in Fern Road, Virginia. Tickets to the concert are available at the Concourt BP Garage and The Makarios AFM Church in Virginia.
Prices range from R80 for adults, R50 for pensioners and R40 for children.