Jo-Anne Schermeier on July 12, 2014

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” — Graham Greene

We are holding our Masters for Minors Charity Golf Day to help raise funds for the around-the-clock care of 30 babies (aged newborn to two years old). Our little ones have been consented for adoption or abandoned, and we are committed to providing them with the best possible second chances until they leave with their forever families.

Masters 4 Minors Advert

What you need to know about the day:

 Where:                 The Wanderers Golf Club, Illovo

 When:                  1 August 2014

 4-balls:                 R3 100/R775 per player

The cost of 4-balls includes green fees, dinner, shirt, prizes and an upfront donation to PAAH.

Bookings and enquiries: 

James –     or     Kim –

Sponsorship opportunities are available and we welcome donations of prizes, raffle items and giveaways.

We look forward to seeing friends and supporters out on the greens.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on June 22, 2014

With less than four weeks to go – have you thought about what can be done to honour Tata Madiba’s call to acknowledge his birthday and memory by making a difference in the community? As much as anything else, he left us with this legacy and obligation – to do what we can do to help those who are vulnerable and less fortunate than ourselves.

Mandela Day 2014

From our side, we welcome volunteers and donations but we also understand that it’s not always possible to get directly involved. And as much as we love hosting volunteers it isn’t always possible for us to accommodate all groups of people in the nursery on 18 July.

If you would like to make a difference during July, here are some simple suggestions for doing your bit:

  • Donate 67 minutes to volunteering during the month of July.
  • Donate R67 (yes, R67 = 6 loaves of bread, 3 boxes of tissue or 6 bottles of allergex with change!)
  • Take one of our collection tins to your office/classroom/sportsclub etc and ask colleagues to fill it with their spare coins.
  • Get together with friends, colleagues or family and make a lasagne, vegetable soup or cottage pie that can feed babies or birth moms (these can also be frozen and used after 18 July).
  • Circulate our wish list (please remember that every contribution makes a difference)
  • Spring clean your cupboards and donate unused items to us. Anything that can’t be used will be passed on to other childcare centres or sold second hand to raise funds towards our monthly costs.
  • Clear your bookshelves and donate books to our book sales.
  • Have a cake sale at your work, book club, church or any community group that you are part of, and donate the money to us or buy items from our wishlist.

We were blessed to share a portion of Madiba’s life and inherit the legacy of his personal sacrifices.

In whatever way you choose to get involved this year, we wish you a fulfilling experience and the knowledge that, in the end, it is the combination of individual contributions that make the collective difference.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on May 17, 2014

On Mother’s Day we celebrate our moms and all that they mean to us. And on Mother’s Day, mom wants her whole family to be safe and happy, even while she is being pampered. Princess Alice Adoption Home was very honoured to be selected as the charity beneficiary of the Celebrity Cherubs Mother’s Day Garden Party, which provided just that – family fun for mom. The event was the brainchild of chief cherub, Carmel Fisher.

Celebrity Cherub Carmel Fisher

Celebrity Cherub Carmel Fisher

A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes in build-up to the event. It was an absolute pleasure to work with such dedicated, good-hearted partners – Celebrity Cherubs, La Vie En Rose, Nickerbockerdoodlebugs, Face 2 Face and Platinum Ice.

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The lovely restaurant, La Vie en Rose in Illovo, provided the perfect venue to accommodate food, fashion, pampering, kiddies’ entertainment and even a man cave.

Venue collage

Moms and VIP guests were treated to pamper sessions provided by therapists from Face 2 Face. The massage table in the rose garden was a big hit, and sweet tones from the roaming violinist just added to the sheer luxury of an outdoor backrub in the warm autumn sunshine.

Therapy collage

Celebrity guest speakers, VIP guests and a good media presence added to the glamour of the day. Speakers included Jonathan Boynton-Lee (Top Billing presenter, Cosmo’s Sexiest Man 2014 & former Princess Alice baby); Sureshnie Rider (5FM presenter); Pearl Thusi (Radio presenter & actress), Jerri Mokgofe (Celebrity Blogger & Fashion Stylist); Matthew Mansoor (Tresemmè/Motions Celeb stylist) and Suzy Mukendi (PEOPLE Mag Fashion Editor).

Celeb collage

The kiddies’ entertainment area was a sea of colour and fun. Nickerbockerdoodlebugs did an amazing job in organising a wonderland for the younger family members. Soft play, jumping castles, face painting, cookie baking, pampering for the tweens and teens, slush, popcorn, yummy snacks and a stilt walker provided hours of entertainment.

Kids Collage

Time spent with family, a kid’s talent show, fashion shows, beauty stalls and makeovers, fashion designer showcases and great weather completed a very memorable Mother’s Day Garden Party.

 Random Collage

Thank you for the wonderful support. We’ll soon let you know how much was raised for the care of babies at Princess Alice Adoption Home.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on April 27, 2014

Two weeks to go and the official invitation for the Mother’s Day Garden Party is being circulated.

Arranged by Celebrity Cherubs in aid of Princess Alice Adoption Home, the event has attracted a number of celebrities and sponsors who have come on board to support a great cause – the care of our babies.

Join us for a fun-filled family day with special pampering for moms in the lovely garden of La Vie en Rose Restaurant in Illovo.

There will be something for everyone in the family – delicious food (breakfast, lunch and teas), beauty treats for moms (manicures/pedicures/neck and shoulder massages etc), kiddies corner with child minders, celebrity guest speakers, fashion shows with top designers, a ‘man cave’ for the men, stalls to browse through and more.

The day will be MC’d by Jonathan Boynton-Lee (Top Billing presenter & Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest Man 2014) and hosted by Carmel Fisher (actress & founder of Celebrity Cherubs Charity-aid).

Bookings and more info about the sponsors and partners:

MDGP Flyer

Jo-Anne Schermeier on April 27, 2014

Happy Freedom Day to all South Africans: old or young, living locally or abroad.


As a nation we are celebrating 20 years of democracy – achievements, opportunities, failures, lessons learned and new goals; and also the fears, joys, disappointments, responsibilities, hopes and dreams that go hand-in-hand with freedom for all.

It’s easy to focus on negative issues, to look at what is going wrong, to concentrate on what has not been accomplished or successful. It doesn’t take much to point fingers and attribute blame or believe that the grass is always greener on the other side. After all, life is tough, life is a challenge and life in South Africa definitely is not a smooth ride.

But at heart, we are a wonderful, vibrant, resilient nation with an unassailable sense of humour and energy, capable of producing global leaders and pioneering positive change against all odds – so let’s celebrate all that is going right. And let’s face it, so much IS going right.

Let’s celebrate our babies at Princess Alice; the wonderful families that have been formed in the past 20 years and that continue to be created; the primary health care that our babies have rightful access to; the Child Protection policies that are in place for all our children; our dedicated staff; the donors and volunteers who believe in our babies and give time, money and other resources to ensure that they can grow into healthy, happy and loved young people.

Let’s celebrate our Princess Alice babies, full stop. Wherever they are now in the world, let’s celebrate them.

Let’s celebrate ourselves, why not?


Jo-Anne Schermeier on April 14, 2014

Sam for web

I love this picture of one of our “big kids” enjoying a picnic outing. For me, it symbolises his ‘journey’.

He’s walking independently but has juice tucked securely under his arm for comfort and nutrition when he needs it. He knows that he is cared for and provided for so he’s confident enough to walk by himself in an unfamiliar but interesting environment.  He’s enjoying the sun, the “freedom” and the moment.

Even the shade seems to symbolise that the toddler will grow and become the shadow of the man that he will be as he walks a path through life (those shadows do look a bit like a track, don’t they?).

What does not show in the photo is, of course, the Caregiver and volunteers who are watching over him closely to make sure that he really is safe and content.

Two of the most crucial aspects of the programme at PAAH is to ensure that babies develop emotionally (that they bond, receive and give affection, and trust the process) and that they meet the important milestones of early childhood.  Both of these require stimulation, opportunity and consistency.  The long term impact is that the first months of life are the foundation for all future development and well-being, not just for our babies but for all babies.

Thank you to the amazing people who make it possible for our toddlers and staff to enjoy these outings which are such stimulating, happy experiences for the little ones.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

                                                                                       – Lao Tzu

Jo-Anne Schermeier on April 13, 2014

SAVE THE DATE!  Join us on 11 May for a fun-filled day for the whole family in a lovely garden restaurant setting.

PAAH is excited to partner our annual Pamper Day with a Mother’s Day Garden Party organised by Celebrity Cherubs Charity Aid and La Vie en Rose (Illovo).

The day will include food, fashion, pampering for moms and activities for the little ones – all in the upmarket, secure environment of one of Joburg’s loveliest venues.

Funds raised for PAAH from the day will be used directly in caring for the babies in our nursery.

A full invitation will be circulated in the next few days.

A fun-filled family day in a beautiful, secure garden restaurant

A fun-filled family day in a beautiful, secure garden restaurant



Jo-Anne Schermeier on April 11, 2014

MySchool is running a competition for cardholders to vote for their favourite charity. The winning charity will receive R50 000 – imagine what we could do with that! There is also a R10 000 prize up for grabs for individual voters.

Vote here, scroll down and select Princess Alice Adoption Home from the list of charities.

If you don’t already have a card, the online application process is easy




Jo-Anne Schermeier on March 10, 2014

Congratulations to Pauline Mashele (Auxiliary Nurse) and Lesiah Motaung (Caregiver) who received their Five Year Long Service Awards today.

Our nursery staff is at the coalface of tending to the little ones in the nursery – providing around the clock care to them for as long as they are with us. When volunteers and other staff go home, they are here for the babies through all hours of every day. It’s not a small task. Ask any parent of one child, and they will tell you that it’s a vocation.

Our longest serving nurse has been at PAAH for 34 years – just imagine how many babies she has helped along their way?

We salute our nursery staff and thank them for their amazing commitment, through thick and thin, to the little people of Princess Alice Adoption Home.

Pauline Mashele (Auxiliary  Nurse); Nombulelo Mabambo (Asst. Director: JCW) and Lesiah Motaung (Caregiver)

Pauline Mashele (Auxiliary Nurse); Nombulelo Mabambo (Asst. Director: JCW) and Lesiah Motaung (Caregiver)

Jo-Anne Schermeier on March 6, 2014

Watch the video

A group of young friends – Jo, Stacey, Alex and Mike – surprised us with a visit and an amazing donation of much needed baby-care products and nappies. They raised funds from friends and family members, and together with a contribution from Dischem, were able to buy large quantities of some of the items that we use on a daily basis. The donation was delivered as a Random Act Of Kindness (RAK).

In their YouTube video they make the point that while the #NekNomination craze has quietened down, there is no reason for the #RAKNomination process to fade out too. They in turn nominated other friends to take up the Random Act of Kindness challenge.

It’s a privilege to receive such a generous donation on behalf of the babies! Thank you!

RAK Nomination