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and hundreds of kind-hearted volunteers rolled up their sleeves recently to
transform Kids Haven, a childrens shelter in Benoni on the East Rand,
in the first Chas Everitt International Home Makeover project.
This was run along the lines of the popular TV show Extreme Makeover: Home
Edition, with the children being treated to an exciting holiday while their
home was totally renovated and transformed into a warm, homely and welcoming
Chas Everitt MD Berry Everitt says the purpose of the companys home makeover
project is not only to change buildings but also to change lives and
in that way to create a cycle of hope and help for others. Hard work and
generous support from our sponsors will, we hope, make a material difference
to the quality of life of the children of Kids Haven.
Betterbond and Nedbank were platinum sponsors of the project, as were Jacks
Paint and Hardware, STBB Attorneys, The Home Channel and Ferreiras Décor
Teams of volunteers converged on Kids Haven for the weekend project and were
assigned rooms to paint under the keen supervision of representatives of Jacks
Paints, who donated all the required materials. Unexpected plumbing problems
were rectified, which added an extra day to the planned schedule, but it was
not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the volunteers.
The delay also proved a boon to the young residents of Kids Haven they
had been ferried by Springbok Atlas bus to Magaliesberg Retreat for fun-filled
weekend while their home was renovated, and got to stay a whole extra day.
They then returned to find their home completely transformed. Four classrooms,
four large dormitories, the school hall and stage alongside the training kitchen
and storeroom, the recreation room, dining room, locker room, computer room,
TV room and sewing room as well as six bathrooms were all freshly painted and
Each dorm was fitted out with new mattresses, pillows and duvets, scatter cushions
and beanbags as well as two changes of linen. Gift packs for each child included
towels, face cloths and toiletries and the younger children also each had a
Chas Bear teddy waiting on their beds.
The home was also fitted with new television sets and the children will be
able to watch the marathon makeover when it is screened on DSTVs Home
Channel at 12:00 and 20:00 on Saturday 22 November and again at 15:00 and 22:00
on Sunday 23 November.
Celebrities who lent a hand included Ryk Neethling who proved a dab hand at
painting and lent some muscle to move heavy furniture. Volunteers from Chas
Everitt branches, Betterbond, Nedbank, Rosebank College, University of Johannesburg,
Ferreiras and Springbok Atlas all helped to complete the project and local sponsors
pitched in by supplying food to the volunteers to keep their energy levels high.
The dormitories, bathrooms and communal rooms of the
Kids Haven shelter in Benoni were all completely transformed recently
in the first Chas Everitt International Home Makeover. Hundreds of volunteers
turned up to help with the makeover, which was filmed and will be screened
on DSTVs Home Channel on 22 and 23 November.