Padel Xtreme - Padel Tournament Fundraiser
We are so looking forward to this incredible event! Thank you so much Padel Xtreme and everyone involved for arranging this awesome fundraiser for Woodside! We are beyond grateful for your wonderful support!
If you would like to take part in this exciting event, please send your entries to email@example.com (Name and surname, Paytomic ranking and Division)
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Woodside Needs a Helping Hand – The Good Things Guy article
A gigantic thank you to the Good Things Guy and Brent Lindeque for sharing Woodside's story, and to Tyler Leigh Vivier for writing such a heartfelt article!
We cannot begin to tell you how incredibly grateful we are for your extraordinary assistance in spreading awareness for the disabled, and for helping to get the word out about the desperate situation Woodside’s residents face.
A million times, thank you!!
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Northcliff Melville Times Article
We would like to offer our deepest thanks to Emily Wellman for writing the incredible article which was featured in the Northcliff Melville Times about Woodside Sanctuary and our residents.
We simply cannot thank you enough for helping to raise awareness for our cause. Thank you!
Read the article here
Good Morning Angels Trolley Dash
Friends like these make the insurmountable seem possible! Saving our Sanctuary one day at a time! Thank you Jacaranda 94.2, Breakfast with Martin Bester, Superspar Polofields, and Nando's for everything you are doing for Woodside! We are humbled to our core for the Johannesburg community rallying around us.
Sr. Rauletta did an incredible job and managed to fill Woodside's trolley with R21 000.00 worth of items!! Nando’s so generously doubled up giving R42 000.00 and Superspar Polofields gave an incredible R80 000.00, making a jaw-dropping grand total of R122 000.00, which means that all in all Woodside received R122 000.00 worth of vouchers that will be kept at Superspar Polofields. We will be able to purchase what we need from Superspar Polofields monthly, and they have also kindly said that they would deliver our orders to us free of charge! A huge thank you, once again, to all involved!! Wow grateful and humbled. Woodside Sanctuary also had the absolute privilege to be invited for an interview on Good Morning Angels with Martin Bester and his wonderful team at Jacaranda 94.2. We are beyond grateful for this incredible opportunity given to us and for the extraordinary support which Jacaranda and their amazing Good Morning Angels listeners have so generously offered to Woodside. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU
Read the article here
Rebounding for Woodside 2023
A huge thank you to Maria Bartholomew from Core Fit for organising and hosting a special rebounding event, "Rebounding for Woodside," to raise funds for our Sanctuary.
We would also like to offer our deepest thanks to all those who participated in this fun event! Thank you all! Your support means the world to us!
Buddy Day 2023
Our residents had a wonderful time attending the annual Buddy Day event on the 13th of May 2023, at Le Salle College. This wonderful event, arranged by various Lions Clubs, such as Helderkruin Lions Club Lions Club Krugersdorp Wilropark Lions Club, Weltevreden Lions Club, Alberton Lions Club, etc., is always a highlight for those in our care. This year was especially exciting as it is the first time that we have been able to attend since the start of COVID in 2020.
Our residents had great fun being assisted by their buddies to take part in all kinds of fun activities, and they really enjoyed the wonderful music and eating the yummy treats provided! Thank you to all the Lions Clubs for all your efforts in making it an awesome day, and to the buddies for your kindness and generosity in giving of your time to ensure that our residents had a fun day!
Deloitte Sensory Garden
Words simply cannot begin to express our gratitude for the incredible gift we have received from Deloitte. The amazing Deloitte team gave of their time and worked exceptionally hard on Monday, May 29th, and Tuesday, May 30th, to come to Woodside and build a stunning new sensory garden for our residents!
A sensory garden is a self-contained garden area that allows visitors to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences. They are designed to provide opportunities to stimulate the senses, both individually and in combination, in ways that users may not usually encounter. Our exquisite garden will add a whole new layer to the stimulation services that Woodside offers to our angels.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the wonderful Deloitte team for the effort they put into making our garden something truly special. We would also like to add a personal thanks to Deloitte team leader Isabella Leroy for all the planning that she put into ensuring that this project was a huge success.
UJ Nursing Veggie Garden 2023
Our deepest thanks to the Nursing Students and Lecturers from the University of Johannesburg nursing department who gave of their time to come to Woodside and plant a beautiful veggie garden for us. We are looking forward to the day when we will be able to harvest the awesome crop of veggies. In addition to this we would also like to thank the students and lecturers for their donation of some yummy snacks for our residents, they loved their special treats.
Woodside has been in partnership with the UJ Nursing Department, and other nursing institutions in Johannesburg, for many years and we have assisted many students by providing placement for them to complete their practical training for their degrees. We love having the hardworking and dedicated students at Woodside, and have seen first-hand how their time at Woodside and their interactions with our profoundly intellectually disabled residents, has assisted them to feel more comfortable with, and better able to diagnose persons with disabilities in their working careers.
Thank you UJ Nursing
Valentine’s Day 2023
This Valentine's Day Woodside's residents had a wonderful time celebrating the day of love!! We had loads of fun activities and some yummy snacks too!
To all our donors, supporters, families and friends, we hope that you all had a very happy Valentine's Day as well. We truly appreciate everything that you have done and continue to do for all at Woodside especially for the angels in our care. We love you all!
Wall Repairs 2023
Woodside offers our most sincere thanks to all those who have contributed to our #WallRepairs2023 campaign, your incredible generosity and support has helped us to be able to rebuild the collapsing wall and to ensure the continued safety, security and fun for all at Woodside! Thank you for helping to keep our angels safe and happy!!
2022 Christmas Party
On behalf of Woodside’s angels we would like to say a gigantic thank you to our donors, families and friends who supported our 2022 Christmas campaign. Your generosity and kindness helped us to ensure that our angels could have the most incredible Christmas celebration!!
Our hearts are bursting with gratitude to you all for making our 2022 Christmas a wonderful day to remember!
Long Service Awards 2022
Woodside Sanctuary is a special place, and it takes many special and dedicated individuals to allow us to do the invaluable work that we do. On the 14th of December 2022, Woodside held our annual Long Service Awards, celebrating our incredible staff and their outstanding dedication and commitment to the care of our angels.
We wish to congratulate every staff member who received an award; their hard work and loyalty is appreciated not only by Woodside’s management and the families of those we serve, but most especially by the angels, who they have dedicated their lives to care for! Many of Woodside’s employees have been here for many many years, they have established a tremendous bond with those they care for and they go out of their way to make our residents happy by catering for their every need, but the thing that sets them apart is that each one of our amazing staff truly care, and care deeply about our residents.
On behalf of all at Woodside we thank you!
We would also like to offer a special thanks to Woodside's Chairwoman Mrs. Sharon Ackerman for attending the awards function and handing out the prizes to our awardees.
COVIDCARE FOR WOODSIDE SANCTUARY
Woodside is hard at work during these worrying times, doing our utmost to try and ensure the health and well-being of not only Woodside’s residents but also our invaluable staff committed to keeping our Residents healthy and in high spirits.
Due to the suddenness and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa, Woodside has had to deal with many unexpected expenses such as the need for additional antibacterial cleaning agents to help us ensure that all surfaces remain clean and germ-free at all times. We also strongly feel that the first step in ensuring the continued well-being and good health of Woodside’s residents is to ensure the health and well-being of our incredibly dedicated staff, as they are the ones who provide our precious residents with the fulltime care they need in order to live healthy and happy lives. To this end Woodside has been providing (at our own expense) care packages consisting of Chlorhexidine hand sanitiser, face masks, gloves and vitamins, to bolster immune systems, to our staff. This precaution not only ensures that our staff remain healthy it also limits the chances of our vulnerable residents (All of whom are immunocompromised) from being exposed to the potentially life threatening COVID-19 Virus.
One of the main items which are most effective in combating the spread of the virus are the N95 Class Particulate Respirator masks which we have dispensed to all of Woodside’s staff. The COVID-19 virus is spread through expelled respiratory droplets which are released from the body through coughing or sneezing etc. the N95 masks not only protect the wearer but should the wearer be ill, then it also provides an effective barrier between any respiratory droplets which they may expel and anyone who is in their vicinity. Unfortunately these masks which used to cost R50 each are now being sold for almost double the price, and this is not the only needed item which has increased in price since the start of the outbreak. As I am sure you can imagine, being a Charity, Woodside does not have an endless supply of funding available in order to ensure that our stocks of necessary items like the N95 masks, microbac, biocide and other protective isolation gear will be enough in order to sustain us until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Thus we are left with no other option but to once again ask for assistance from you, our loyal supporters. Absolutely any contribution which you may be able to make towards our COVID Care Initiative would be most gratefully appreciated by all at Woodside, but most importantly by some of the most vulnerable and at risk of infection in society, our precious residents and our Staff caring for them.
If you would like to make a contribution towards our COVID Care initiative Woodside's Banking details are as follows:
Name: Woodside Sanctuary
Bank: Standard Bank Melville
Account Number: 201098784
Branch Code: 006105
SWIFT Code: SBZAZAJJ
Please use the reference: COVID Care and "your name" so that we can be sure that we allocate the funding correctly and so we are able to acknowledge the correct person.
For any further information please feel free to contact Loné Lourens at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 011 726 7318.
Thank you so much for your consideration, and please take care of yourselves and each other during this difficult time.
COVID-19 WOODSIDE SANCTUARY’S PRECAUTIONS
Steps we are taking to protect the angels in our care... 💙
In consultation with the Department of Health, Mental Health Advisory, The South African Nursing Council (SANC), various Medical Opinions and the declared State of Disaster by our President of the Republic of South Africa…
Woodside is with immediate effect, being put under QUARANTINE to try protect the residents, and our staff who are caring for our loved ones.
What this means is, whilst the National State Disaster is in play, the following will apply:
Woodside will prohibit any residents from going out or leaving Woodside even for day visits.
Woodside’s Day Care will be closed for the duration of the pandemic.
Family members will be asked to refrain from visiting at all from today the 17th of March 2020 until further notice.
All staff will be given hygiene care packs, including masks, sanitizers, gloves and will be required to wear these at all times.
No deliveries will be allowed past our first security gate at reception.
Temperature checks and health checks will be applied daily on all staff and residents.
No greater than 50 residents and staff will be allowed to gather at any point due to their immunocompromised health.
We are beginning a full Microbac wipe down of surfaces to sterilize Woodside.
We know what is being implemented is extremely difficult, and comes with a very heavy heart, but we do this to protect each of our residents and our staff – the staff who are taking the daily risk of caring for your loved ones.
Please work with us and support this decision. We need to work together… No exceptions will be made, unless it’s for necessary medical procedures.
Thank you for understanding. If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll put you through to our General Manager or Matron.
WOODSIDE’S LOVELY VALENTINE’S
Everyone at Woodside was celebrating friendship, love and family, on Valentine’s day! ❤️
Our angels had a fantastic day, and got so many yummy snacks and took part in various fun activities throughout the day. Woodside staff also enjoyed in the fun by taking part in a special Valentine’s Day Fashion Show. The day was filled with the colours of love and with all at Woodside from residents to staff alike being dressed in red and white from head to toe.
We feel that it is so important that our angels get to experience special occasions such as Valentine’s Day just like any other member of society, and seeing the absolute joy and excitement in the eyes of every resident at Woodside, no matter the level of disabilities, was a true highlight of the day!
An article about our love-filled day was published on Northcliff Melville Times, check it out here.
HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2020
We hope that your 2020 is off to a great start and that the rest of your year will be joyous and prosperous. We know that New Year's Resolutions can sometimes be difficult to keep, but if you mange to keep just one this year, let it be to be kind and caring. <3
SANTA CAME TO WOODSIDE
Tis the season of giving! 🎄🎁🎉😃
Christmas is a time for giving and Woodside has been blessed this year with our donors showing their incredible Christmas spirit in the most special way! Not only were we able to have an amazing Christmas celebration with our residents, but thanks once again to the unbelievable generosity of Mr. du Plessis we were able to do something special for our incredible staff as well.
Mr. du Plessis has once again been extraordinarily generous this year and decided to sponsor not only our staff lunches (one for each shift) but also our residents Christmas lunch as well. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude to him for helping us ensure that everyone at Woodside had a fun and memorable Christmas
In addition to this, JNPR – together with their client – Uber Eats brought the magic to Woodside, they hosted a Christmas Party for our angels and showered them with gifts, we jingled and mingled! The fun didn’t end there… WesBank came to Woodside and brought Santa along with a ton of presents for our angels, seeing the surprised joy on their faces as Santa walked in was a Christmas memory which will not soon be forgotten! Thank you Wesbank, for this truly special act of kindness.
We’d like to also offer our most heartfelt thanks to De La Salle Holy Cross College for their incredible continuous generous donation of Christmas presents for each of Woodside's residents. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for their assistance in helping us ensure that all at the Sanctuary have a joyous festive season each and every year.
Without the kindness and generosity of our exceptional donors we would never be able to do the things that we do to benefit not only our residents but also our staff. Your generosity and unwavering support is what keeps us going and allows us to be able to provide the very best care and assistance to our precious angels. We wish you all the most wonderful and safe festive season and a happy New Year, once again thank you for all that you do and have done throughout the year. 💙
LONG SERVICE AWARDS
We celebrated our annual Long Service Awards Wednesday, 20 November 2019 with our staff and honoured guests. What an incredible blessing it is to have such wonderful hardworking staff at the Sanctuary who are responsible for the care and treatment of our angels, some of the most vulnerable in society, the profoundly intellectually and physically disabled.
Every year we proudly gather to show our immense appreciation and to celebrate the awardees remarkable achievements by sharing a delicious meal together. This year was extra special, as we had seventeen (17) staff who received awards for their dedicated service to Woodside ranging between five (5) and thirty (35) years of service!
Their commitment and devotion to ensuring that our residents receive the care they deserve is greatly appreciated not only by Woodside’s Management committee but also by the families of those in our care. To our amazing staff, we cannot thank you enough for all that you are, and for all that you do!!! 💙#Woodside #WeCare #StaffAppreciation #ThankYou
Do you know of someone requiring residential services or respite care? 💙 Please contact us on 011 726 7318 or email email@example.com.
64TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On the 28th of September 2019, Woodside Sanctuary hosted its 64th Annual General Meeting, this was one of the best AGMs that has ever taken place at the Sanctuary, not only due to the outstanding attendance by members and parents, but also due to their willingness to become more involved in important decisions regarding Woodside. We wish to thank you all for unanimously deciding to take a stand regarding the Sanctuary's future sustainability.
A special thank you and our most sincere gratitude to everyone involved with ensuring the success of this imperative event.
RSG WOODSIDE SANCTUARY DOCUMENTARY
Woodside Sanctuary has been extremely privileged to be chosen by Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) and Mr. Fritz Klaaste, to be the subject of a 25 minute documentary which will be broadcast on RSG (100-104 FM) on Thursday the 1st of August at 20:00.
We would absolutely love if you would all tune in to hear a little bit more about who we are and what we do. 💙
NELSON MANDELA DAY
We'd like thank everyone who took part in #NelsonMandelaDay this year! No matter how big or small your actions were, every single one is appreciated by all NGOs, NPOs and Charity organisations who benefit from this incredible day; where time is given in remembrance of the difference made by a true South African Icon, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela! We were privileged to have the members of Metropolitan Life and DENOSA (DENOSA National Page), University of JohannesburgNursing Students and a team from WesBank assisting us for the day.
A heartfelt thank you to the amazing team from Ulink for assisting us with the installation of various cameras around Woodside. A special thank you to Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital for the donation of toiletries, and Wesbank for the unbelievable donation of nappy fabric. We cannot even begin to express our gratitude for this incredible kindness!
Once again, from the depths of our hearts, thank you for all that you have done for us. 💙 #Love #Care #Dedication #Ubuntu #MandelaDay2019 #MadibaDay
Urgent Assistance Needed - An indispensable piece of Woodside equipment is no longer operational, our generator has stopped working after many years of reliably keeping us going at the darkest times. This is a terrible situation to be in, as we are never certain whether there will be electricity or not, due to the unreliability of Eskom, and we are unwilling to risk the dignity of our precious residents, in the hopes that the lights stay on.
We currently have two options:
Repair our old 100KVA machine for R 86,250.00 OR Purchase a new slightly smaller 80KVA generator for R 168 360.00.
Ideally we would love to be able to purchase a new machine, as we have been using our old machine for many years, however the most important thing is that we have a functioning generator.
Any assistance which could be provided to help Woodside once again have a functioning generator would be greatly appreciated by us all, but most especially those in our care and the families that rely on us to provide the best care possible to their loved ones. If you would like to assist, or if you would like more information please contact Loné Lourens at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 011 726 7318 or follow this Link.
#GeneratingCare #HopeInTheDarkness #KeepOnOperating #DignityFirst
Woodside wishes to offer our deepest thanks to the tremendous team from WesBank for their unbelievably generous donation of 90 fluffy pillows, 90 warm duvets, 90 beautiful duvet cover sets, 90 fitted sheets and 90 flat sheets given to Woodside to help us ensure that all of those in our care will be warm, comfortable and happy this winter ❤ Words can never adequately express just how grateful we are for this exceptional act of kindness! THANK YOU! #PeacefulSleep #SnugAndSecure
The Easter festivities started with a bang at Woodside! From the egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt, to the hopping party in the main hall! A heartfelt thank you for all the donations of Easter eggs and other yummy goodies! You helped brighten up the lives of our angels, and allowed them to share in the joy and excitement of Easter!
A very special thank you to all the Companies, Clubs, Schools and Individuals that contributed to our Easter Campaign! Thank you for the incredible kindness shown towards Woodside in your kind donation of Easter eggs, chips, drinks and other food for our residents. Thanks to your generosity our angels will definitely have an EGG-STRA SPECIAL Easter! 💙
Once again, thank you so much for your kindness! Our angels had an #eggciting Easter 💙
ANNUAL BUDDY DAY
Our residents had a wonderful time attending the annual Buddy Day on the 6th of April 2019 at Le Salle College. This wonderful event arranged by various Lions Clubs is always a highlight for those in our care. They were assisted by their buddies to take part in all kinds of fun activities and really enjoyed the wonderful music and eating the yummy treats provided! Thank you to all the Lions Clubs for all your efforts in making it an awesome day and to the buddies for your kindness and generosity in giving of your time to ensure that our residents had a fun day! 💙
EARTH CENTRE VISIT
On the 26th of February, our angels were blessed to spend some time at the EARTH Centre, petting and brushing beautiful horses!
So on behalf of everyone at Woodside, we would like to thank the incredible staff at the Earth Cetnre for their wonderful assistance throughout the afternoon. We would also like to offer our deepest gratitude and thanks to the Northcliff Rotary Club for facilitating this amazing experience for our residents and for being there to join us.
Our visit to the EARTH centre was greatly cherished by all. 💙
SENSORY STIMULATION WORKSHOP
We were delighted to host our first Sensory Stimulation Workshop on the 2nd of February 2019. Some of our parents and families joined us for an afternoon of various stimulation activities such as TacPac (a sensory communication resource using touch and music), baking and more with their loved ones. These activities allow us to engage and grow our relationships with each other in an interactive learning environment.
At Woodside, we feel that the bond between parents/family and their loved one with special needs is vital to their growth, understanding and general well-being and we encourage all our parents and families to participate in as many of these workshops as they can. Workshops will be held at Woodside every second Saturday.
Please be sure to contact Matron Tania (email@example.com) or our nursing sisters for more info on the next workshop.
RE-OPENING OF THE PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT ❤️
It was a wonderful day at Woodside Sanctuary on the 18th of January 2019! We were finally able to re-open our Physiotherapy Department for the 1st time since the catastrophic roof collapse which took place in June. We celebrated this special day with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by our donors, Government officials, residents and staff. Words cannot express how thankful we are to finally be able to re-open the doors of this integral part of Woodside.
Physiotherapy is extremely vital in improving our resident's gross motor functioning, and assists them in the attainment and retention of improved physical function to better enable them to undertake their daily activities and participatory roles within our home. We are overjoyed that our cry for help was so generously heard and many individuals and businesses flooded to assist us in our desperate time of need.
Once again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you! 💙
BERNINA RSA SEWS 500 NEW NAPPIES FOR WOODSIDE SANCTUARY
Starting the new year off on a high note, it is with the greatest gratitude that we once again thank the team from Bernina RSA who so generously gave of their time to hem and sew over 500 new nappies for Woodside’s residents. Your assistance with this vital project is deeply appreciated by all at Woodside, and we thank you for your incredible kindness and support throughout the years.
We would also like to offer our most sincere thanks to the following donors: the Northcliff Rotary Club, Mr. & Mrs. Pascoe, C. Akeroyd, S. Velzeboer, B. Hersov and D. Schnehage for their incredibly generous contributions which allowed us to be able to purchase the fabric needed in order to restock our dwindling supply of nappies. Without your kindness and generosity we would not have been able to get the fabric we needed. On behalf of everyone at Woodside we thank you all for your extraordinary generosity and support. 💙
2018 STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTY
Christmas is a time for giving and Woodside has been especially blessed this year with our donors showing their incredible Christmas spirit! Not only were we able to have an amazing Christmas celebration with our residents, but thanks once again to the unbelievable generosity of Mr. du Plessis we were able to do something special for our incredible staff as well.
Mr. du Plessis has been extraordinarily generous this year and decided to sponsor not only our staff lunches (one for each shift) but also our residents Christmas lunch as well. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude to him for helping us ensure that everyone at Woodside had a fun and memorable Christmas.
In addition to this, Tsogo Sun Garden Court Milpark has been extremely generous to us and has given us two vouchers for a stay in their beautiful hotel for two very lucky staff members and guests. In order to decide who the lucky winners would be, we held a raffle, and seeing the surprised joy on the faces of the winners was a Christmas memory which will not soon be forgotten! On behalf of everyone on at Woodside especially our lucky winners we thank you so much Tsogo Sun Garden Court Milpark for this truly special act of kindness.
Without the kindness and generosity of our exceptional donors we would never be able to do the things that we do to benefit not only our residents but also our staff. Your generosity and unwavering support is what keeps us going and allows us to be able to provide the very best care and assistance to our precious angels. We wish you all the most wonderful festive season and a happy New Year, once again thank you for all that you do and have done throughout the year.💙
2018 RESIDENTS CHRISTMAS PARTY
What an absolutely stupendously happy day! On the 18th of December 2018 Santa Claus came down the chimney, and made his way to our hall to deliver some very precious gifts! A Christmas Party for all to remember! Joy and love was definitely in the air!
Our heartfelt thanks are due to Mr. du Plessis for his incredibly generous donation of the catering for the residents’ Christmas function, assisting us to purchase additional gifts, the hire of a DJ, face painter and even a balloon sculptor! Your kindness is deeply appreciated, we will forever be grateful for all that you do for those in our care. Nothing could ever compare to this magical day!❤️
A very special thank you to De La Salle Holy Cross College for their contribution of 50 tremendous gifts for our residents today too, these blessings made it possible for each resident to receive two special gift bags full of surprises! Our hearts are full. Thank you!💙❤️🎄
WOODSIDE SANCTUARY VIDEO
Our deepest thanks go out to AFDA Student Monique and her incredible team, for filming and putting together this absolutely amazing video for Woodside Sanctuary. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for this wonderful gift! Thank you so much!
Please watch this fantastic video below to learn a little bit more about us and the angels in our care.
LONG SERVICE AWARDS
Woodside Sanctuary celebrated our annual Long Service Awards on Wednesday, 14th November with our staff and honoured guests. What an incredible blessing it is to have such wonderful hardworking staff at the Sanctuary responsible for the care and treatment of one of those most vulnerable in society, the profoundly intellectually and physically disabled.
Every year we proudly gather to show our immense appreciation and to celebrate the awardees remarkable achievements by sharing a delicious meal, and toasting their success ‘naturally’ with non-alcoholic sparkling blush 😉. However, this year was extra special, as we had twenty staff who received awards for their dedicated service to Woodside ranging between five and thirty years of service. Their commitment and devotion is greatly appreciated not only by Woodside’s Management committee but also by the families of those in our care. To our amazing staff, we cannot thank you enough for all that you do!!! 💙#Woodside #WeCare #LoveYourJob #StaffAppreciation #ThankYou
63rd Annual Meeting
On the 20th of October 2018, Woodside Sanctuary hosted its 63rd Annual General Meeting, this was one of the best AGMs that has ever taken place at the Sanctuary, not only due to the outstanding attendance by members and parents, but also due to their willingness to become more involved in important decisions regarding Woodside. We wish to thank you all for unanimously deciding to take a stand regarding the Sanctuary's future sustainability.
A special thank you to Mr. Martin Rudman, Director and Chief Financial Officer of Deloitte Capital for his invaluable assistance on the day and our most sincere gratitude to everyone involved with ensuring the success of this imperative event.
R110 000.00 DONATION FROM EGOLI GAS & REATILE FOUNDATION TRUST
Nelson Mandela Day is not only on one special day, Egoli Gas (Pty) Ltd and Reatile Foundation Trust have proved that people are willing to come together in the spirit of Ubuntu to brighten the lives of those in need. #MadibaDay can be everyday… We can’t even begin to express the gratitude we feel towards Egoli Gas and Reatile Foundation Trust for the unbelievable support they have given to Woodside and those in our care.
Through your actions today by washing windows, painting pot plants, planting beautiful flowers and beautifying our garden, you have helped to brighten the lives of everyone at Woodside.
n addition to the Madiba Day activities which were held at Woodside today, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to Egoli Gas and the Reatile Foundation Trust for being present at the cheque handover, for funds which were raised through the Golf Day which was held to benefit Woodside Sanctuary at the Randpark Golf Club on Friday the 31st of August. The dedication and commitment that was shown in organising and co-ordinating that amazing event is deeply appreciated by the management family and staff from Woodside, but most importantly by those who benefit from our services.
We think that the favourite part for our residents today, was the phenomenal cake which was donated. The cake looked so delicious that they were unable to contain their excitement as they dug into this yummy treat! It was definitely a highlight!
Once again, from the depths of our hearts, thank you for all that you have done for us. 💙 #EgoliGas #ReatileFoundationTrust #Love #Care #Dedication #Ubuntu#NelsonMandelaDay
Do you know someone with special needs who requires specialised care during the day? Woodside Sanctuary has a day care facility for mild to moderate physical and intellectually disabled individuals! 💗 T: 011 726 7318 or email Matron Tania at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodside’s residents and staff were given a phenomenal opportunity on the 9th of September 2018, we were given two tables at the Barnyard production of Big Top Rock by Mr. Richard Austin, it was truly magical and we cannot thank him enough for inviting us to see this incredible show. Such excursions are hugely beneficial not only to those in our care but also the community as a whole! 💙
JAMES RITCHIE CHARITABLE TESTAMENTARY TRUST - HELPING WOODSIDE CLEAN
Something amazing just happened, and it brightened up our gloomy Friday... 😃 (7 Sep 2018)
A big THANK YOU to the James Ritchie Charitable Testamentary Trust for the unbelievable donation of Cleaning Chemicals to the value of R64 971.09. Words aren't enough to express just how grateful we are for this amazing act of kindness. Once again, thank you! 💙
LOTTO GRANTS WOODSIDE R 957 808.00
On behalf of Woodside and the children in our care we offer our most heartfelt thanks to the Charities Distributing Agency of the National Lotteries Commission for approving a total grant of R957 808.00, received by us on Monday the 6th of August 2018. These funds were allocated towards expenses such as cleaning, clothing, food, maintenance, medication, toiletries, staff salaries & benefits, as well as water & electricity rates. Furthermore, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) for their sustained support over the years, which has enabled us to be able to continue to provide our residents with a place to live, learn, and feel safe.
ROOF REPAIRS UPDATE – 31 AUG 2018
It has been a lot of hard work but we are thrilled to report that the repairs to our Physiotherapy roof are almost complete! None of this would ever have been possible without the kindness and generosity of you, our incredible donors and supporters. Physiotherapy is extremely vital to the care of all of our residents as it is used to maximise a resident's ability to move and control pain in the joints, muscles and bones. It also helps to improve the range of movement in order to promote health and well-being.
- At Woodside Sanctuary, Physiotherapy aims to:
- - Improve muscle tone
- - Prevent contractions and deformities
- - Teach walking and positioning
- - Treatment of chest /respiratory problems
Your unbelievable assistance has ensured that Woodside will be able to continue to provide this much needed service to all in our care. Thanks you so much! 💙
ROOF REPAIRS UPDATE – 2 AUG 2018
We are extremely happy to report that last week, the reconstruction of our Physiotherapy Department’s roof commenced. 😁 Work is moving along smoothly and we can now see our new roof taking shape! So far with your assistance and the wonderful donation from Marley Roofing we have managed to raise R288 522.37 towards the total cost of R500 000.00 to repair our roof completely. We are overflowing with gratitude and would like to once again thank everyone whose generous contributions have made it possible for us to begin the work needed to fully restore our Physiotherapy Department’s roof. Your incredible kindness has already gotten us over the 50% mark, and we are certain that your continued efforts in sharing our story will help us reach our final goal. You are all our heroes, Thank you.
FUN DAY/ SPORTS DAY
On the 25th of July 2018, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and have a bit of fun in the sun with our residents. Not only does the fresh air do them good but having fun and interacting with their friends and staff is always something that brings so much joy to our angels.
Woodside strives to make sure that our residents medical, exercise and social needs are well taken care of at all times. In this way we ensure that all those in our care remain happy and healthy! #WoodsideCares 💙
MARLEY ROOFING COMES TO THE RESCUE
On the 17th of July 2018, we received an unbelievably generous donation from Marley Roofing. They have generously offered to sponsor Ludlow M22 Brown tiles to the value of R94 083.62 which will be enough to rebuild our entire Physiotherepy roof! Their extraordinary generosity will help tremendously in bringing down the total cost of rebuilding, and will help us ensure that our residents once again have a safe and secure space where all their physiotherapy needs can be met. We are eternally grateful to Marley Roofing for this astonishing act of kindness, without their help and the help of everyone who has been assisting Woodside through this difficult time we would simply not have had the means to repair this vital part of Woodside. On behalf of everyone at Woodside especially our residents we thank you!
WOODSIDE ROOF COLLAPSE - #UPDATE
This past Monday, the 9th of July 2018, we were faced with the possibility of our Physiotherapy Department flooding due to the unseasonal rain which was experienced throughout the day. Thankfully the rain was not a torrential downfall and a few blankets placed to stop the water were enough to keep the rest of Woodside dry. Unfortunately we were unable to keep the water out of the Physiotherapy department and large puddles of water are still visible on the floor. This incident, along with the fact that the cold weather seeping in through the open roof is causing many parts of Woodside to feel far colder than usual has made it clear to us that we need to start the rebuilding of our Physio roof immediately, before the unpredictable weather causes serious damage to the area which is completely exposed to the elements. We have therefore decided to begin the repair work regardless of the fact that we have not as yet raised the full amount of funding needed to complete this vital undertaking.
We are only able to consider this option thanks to the unwavering support and extraordinary generosity we have been shown, as through your efforts in sharing our posts and so graciously donating to our cause we have, so far, managed to raise R176 600.06 towards the roof repairs. We are completely overwhelmed by your kindness and we are convinced that your continued assistance will ensure that we are eventually able to reach our goal. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!
WOODSIDE ROOF COLLAPSE - #UPDATE
We would like to offer our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all our incredible donors, supporters and parents for their support of our Roof Repairs campaign. With your unbelievable generosity Woodside has managed to raise R150 059.06 towards the costs of repairing our Physiotherapy roof! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the assistance we have received from each and every one of you. Thank you! <3 <3 <3
Woodside would like to ensure that we thank everyone who has made a contribution to our cause, however we have received a number of donations which only have the reference RoofRepairs, #RoofRepairs or a name with no additional information. Therefore we would like to ask, if you have made a donation and have not yet received a letter of thanks and 18A Tax certificate from Woodside, please would you be so kind as to send an email to Loné Botha at email@example.com or call on 011 726 7318, so that we will be able to personally thank you for your generosity and kindness.
We still have a long way to go but we are sure now more than ever that with your continued support and assistance we will be able to raise the remaining funds and have the needed repairs done to restore our physiotherapy department to full working order once again.
WOODSIDE ROOF COLLAPSE - #UPDATE
As you can imagine, this week has been a very trying time for everyone at Woodside. The full magnitude of the catastrophe which has befallen us has become even more evident as the rubble has been removed. The area is completely unrecognisable even to our children who were allowed to see it for the first time today since the structure has been made safe. Those in our care are used to seeing this environment filled with the various physiotherapy equipment which is used on a daily basis to ensure their health and well-being. Seeing it in its current state has stunned and shocked them.
Thanks to your incredible generosity, Woodside has managed to raise R 74 250.00 in donations towards this enormous project. We have already had to spend R 46 529.00, for the removal of the rubble and to ensure the stability of the structure and the safety of our residents and staff. The extent of the damage caused, was more severe than anticipated and the total remaining cost of repairs is R 502 125.65.
We still have a long way to go to raise the remaining funds needed to fully restore this integral part of Woodside. One of our biggest concerns at the moment is that since the roof and rubble have been removed, the entire area is now completely open to the elements. Our greatest worry is that, should it rain, this area will inevitably flood and cause further damage to the structure. We are desperate to prevent this from happening, as any further damage would be far too costly for Woodside to repair. If that should happen, we could lose the Physiotherapy Department entirely. Therefore, we implore you to please consider assisting us in this time of desperation, because we know that without your assistance - the final goal of restoring this vital department will be an insurmountable task for Woodside alone.
Some of our donors have stated that they would prefer to make payments directly to Woodside’s bank account instead of through a third party who would retain a percentage of the donations collected for administrative costs. Due to this and the fact that majority of the donations we have already received have come through our own account we have decided to close down the “GoFundMe” page.
If you would like to assist and make a donation towards the repairs you can make a contribution directly to our bank account - our banking details:
Standard Bank - Account Name: Woodside Sanctuary, Account Number: 201 098 784, Branch Code: 006105, SWIFT Code: SBZAZAJJ. Please use your name and #roofrepairs as the reference. 💙
WOODSIDE ROOF COLLAPSE
On the 22nd of June 2018, our worst fears were realised as the roof of our Physiotherapy Department above our main hall collapsed. We were very lucky in the fact that problem areas with the roof had been noticed some time ago and the whole Physiotherapy department had been relocated. As a result we have been extremely blessed that none of our residents have suffered any injury, however a number of our staff have unfortunately sustained severe dust inhalation and are being medically treated. Nevertheless, the situation with the collapsed roof is one which needs to be addressed as a matter of great and critical urgency, as the rubble of the collapse is extremely unstable and our whole stimulation Department is now exposed to the elements.
As you can imagine, this is a dreadful situation for us and the cost for repairs is estimated to be around R 500 000.00 which is an expense that Woodside has made no provision for. We implore you to please consider making a donation towards these extensive and urgent repairs which have to be done in order to ensure that our environment is made safe once again for those who live and work here!
To assist and make a donation towards the repairs, here are our banking details: Standard Bank - Account Name: Woodside Sanctuary, Account Number: 201 098 784, Branch Code: 006105, SWIFT Code: SBZAZAJJ. Please use your name and #roofrepairs as the reference.