Special Event Strathyre Girls Home visit SAA Museum Society
7 December 2013
“Giving back to society”
This is what The South Africa Airways Museum Society achieved when the organisation played host to a number of girls from the Strathyre Girls Home in Kensington at a Father Christmas function at the Museum’s facilities.
The delight on the young girls faces at seeing aircraft close-up was a sight to behold.
The young girls had the time of their lives, especially when Father Christmas arrived!
The girls seated in the Museum display hall being entertained by members of the Museum.
“After what we, witnessed today and the joy we brought to these children, we have decided to host this event every year” commented Vice Chairman of the Museum, André Swart. “We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the Bedfordview "Sisters in Christ" for their donation towards gifts, lunch, cool drinks and sweets that we gave each child.
The Salvation Army established a home in Germiston for woman and girls in need of care in 1921. In 1934 the name Strathyre, meaning Little Haven, was adopted when the children's home was transferred to an old house in Troyville. The home continued to function there until 1968 when it moved to the existing premises in Kensington.
Strathyre is home to 60 girls aged between three and 18 years old. The children in its care are committed through the Children's Court due to varying degrees of abuse, neglect, poverty and/or abandonment.
"In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits, and their future life is safe" Lydia Sigourny.
"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children - one is roots; the other, wings" Hodding Carter.