Bring­ing hope to ba­bies

Go! & Express - - NEWS - AMANDA NANO

Guardians of Hope cel­e­brated their first birth­day on Satur­day morn­ing in an in­ti­mate set­ting at their premises in Wil­las­dale Road, Bon­nie Doon.

The home which re­lies on do­na­tions from the pub­lic, opened in July last year with only a lim­ited amount of re­sources.

House mother Elaine Brenkman said she was thank­ful for all the sup­port re­ceived so far be­cause, as the say­ing goes, ‘it takes a vil­lage to raise a child’”.

“I thank God for trust­ing me with these chil­dren. I’m ex­tremely grate­ful,” Brenkman said.

Carel du Plooy said he and his wife had been vol­un­teer­ing at the home for a year. “We’ve been ap­proved to be adop­tive par­ents and we’ll wait to fall in love with a child then hope­fully adopt,” Du Plooy said.

Brenkman said they cur­rently had 10 ba­bies in their care and have had to turn some chil­dren who could pos­si­bly be put up for adop­tion away, due to space con­straints.

“I wish there were more hands avail­able to help us and more ‘safety par­ents’ to keep a baby un­til they get a home. We also need nap­pies and Lac­to­gen Num­ber One and Two for­mula,” she said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been a home to 33 ba­bies since it opened, with 16 adop­tions. Six ba­bies have since been re­united with their fam­i­lies.

Guardians of Hope will hold a fundraiser ball on Septem­ber 1 at Ho­tel Os­ner. For more info or do­na­tions, con­tact Brenkman on 043735-1303 or 082-487-4406.

Pic­ture: AMANDA NANO

VERY THANK­FUL: Guardians of Hope house mother Elaine Brenkman, thanks guests at their first an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

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