Heatherdale Children’s Home

Sponsor: Vodacom

Heatherdale Children’s Home, which is located in Athlone, is the place of residence for approximately 40 abandoned, orphaned and neglected boys and girls.

NEWKIDZ approached Mr. Eddie Cyster, the director, to offer some help in the area of maintenance at this Home.

On the morning of Wednesday the 25th November, employees from the Vodacom call centre rallied together to brighten up the boys wing of the property.

Their wish list that the boys had was:

    • Repair the dilapidated play structure
    • Repair or replace their television set
    • Install cupboards in the senior boys bedroom


With paint brushes in hand and job cards to guide them, the Vodacom teams got to work and at the end of a long and tiring day were able to hand over:

    • A repaired and brightly painted play structure
    • A donated colour television set which was in very good working order
    • New cupboards for the senior boys bedroom




    • All their bedrooms had been repainted in a tranquil blue colour
    • New curtains were hung on all windows and rugs next to their beds
    • All cupboard doors that had come off their hinges, were re-hung
    • The corridor, dining room and recreation / lounge was repainted
    • The dining room tables all had new table cloths
    • Faulty light fittings were repaired
    • And all the metal beds were painted white to match the cupboard

The boys were very happy with their new rooms and especially that we were able to mark off all three items on their wish list.

As Mr. Eddie Cyster, the principal of Heatherdale wrote in his thank you letter, and I quote: ‘so instead of trying to find fancy words we would like to say ‘Thank you’ for the gesture, the thought and the kindness of people giving so unselfishly of their time. We were truly blessed.
May you too be richly blessed for the work that you do in making a difference in the lives of people, particularly young people who would otherwise have been at risk in the community.’