Support Growing for Huis Luckhoff

Contributions start to trickle into the appeal launched through Donate an Hour

Online PR News – 20-November-2009 – – Huis Luckoff is a care home for the aged located in Rosebank, Cape Town. Whilst the home is partially subsidised by the Western Cape Government Department of Social Services, there are significant shortfalls. Residents contribute a minimal fee to stay in the home which provides them with frail care and nursing, meals and basic services.

"We hope to raise half a million rand to cover Huis Luckhoff's debt and to retain valuable staff," says Donate and Hour's Christine da Silva. "While the staff do the best they can, the facilities at Huis Luckhoff are in desperate need of up-grading and repair."

Donate an Hour challenges individuals or companies to donate one billable hour's equivalent to a worthy cause. "We hope that people will challenge friends, colleagues or other businesses to match or better their pledge," says Joey da Silva of Donate an Hour. "It's been wonderful to see the support and donations we've received in the early stages of this campaign. Now we'd really like to see this initiative take hold so that we can all make a difference to the residents at Huis Luckhoff."

Each year Donate an Hour will choose a different charity or organisation to support. "In 2009/2010 we decided to kick off the inaugural Donate an Hour campaign for Huis Luckhoff," says Joey. "It's a cause close to me. I've visited the home several times and seen the work that needs to be done there."

There will be full disclosure on the use of all funds donated to Huis Luckhoff on both the Donate an Hour and Huis Luckhoff websites. Details of how to contribute are also available on both websites.

A bit of history
Huis Luckhoff was started by Rev. AD Luckhoff in 1878. With donations from various prominent women in the community and the "Vroue Fonds" (Womens Fund), they were able to establish the Dorcas Poorhouse in Bree Street which was used to house destitute women.

After 60 years at the Bree Street address, the building needed considerable maintenance and the surrounding area had become more industrial over the years and therefore less desirable. Simultaneously, the National Planning and Housing Commission was instituted by government with the power to provide sub-economic loans to promote homes for the aged. This gave the Dorcas management the freedom to purchase a spacious and valuable property in Rosebank.

The cornerstone was laid in 1951 and the building was inaugurated in 1952. Today, Huis Luckhoff is co-ed, and a number of couples reside here. Facilities include a dining and lounge area, as well as separate residents' rooms which all have easy access to the ablution facilities. An extension in later years provided several flats for single residents or couples as well as additional staff accommodation and rest areas.

You can do your bit by making a contribution to Huis Luckhoff and challenging others to do the same.