George - A Knysna businessman pleaded not guilty to 79 charges, including statutory rape, in the Thembalethu Magistrate’s Court, in George, on Monday.
Though they are not biological brothers, the love and appreciation they have for each other is clearly evident.
Whether it is playing soccer or hanging out on the steps of the orphanage, the boys at St Theresa’s Home in Sydenham share a bond.
The home provides shelter for more than 70 boys between three and 18 years who have been orphaned, abandoned, or infected or affected by HIV/Aids.
However, things have not been easy with the increasing cost of food and the upkeep of the home, said Debbie Bowes, its director.
“We have been trying our best to provide for the boys, but it has not been easy, as the cost of living has increased so drastically this year.”
The home is appealing for donations of non-perishable foodstuffs in the run-up to the festive season.
“We want to try to make this Christmas as special as we can for our boys. We would be grateful for any donations of food that will help not only over the festive season, but during the year as well.”
The high medical cost of looking after growing boys is also another concern, she said.
“A few of our boys need glasses, but it is very expensive. An eye test costs R100, while glasses are from R300 upwards, something we just can’t afford now. Any donations for the boys’ medical upkeep would also be very welcome,” she said.
St Theresa’s also tries to find host families for the boys to stay with over the festive season, something the boys look forward to the entire year. Those who are not placed with families will spend Christmas and New Year at the home.
“If people cannot afford to donate money, hosting a child for a day or two over Christmas would be the best present they have ever received. They would love to feel loved and to be spoiled. Anyone who wishes to host a child is welcome to contact us,” said Bowes.
Readers can drop off donations at Independent Newspaper in Greyville. Ask for Sharon Zunckel of Community Projects.
Mark your donation for the Sunday Tribune St Theresa’s Home charity appeal. The collection point is open weekdays from 8am to 4.30pm.
Monetary donations can be made to the following account:
First National Bank
Account No: 50840161249
Branch no: 221426
Please use the reference “Sunday Tribune Charity” on the deposit slip.
For any inquiries, call Sharon at 031 308 2428.
Home cries out for help
Youngsters at the St Theresa Children’s Home for boys have fun at the playground. The home is appealing for donations of non-perishable foodstuffs.
Adrian Wilson-Forbes, 60, faces charges of statutory rape, abduction, indecent assault, trafficking persons for sexual purposes, and child pornography.
In 2001 Wilson-Forbes allegedly abducted an 11-year-old boy from the Garden Route mall in George, and took him to a local dam where he allegedly exposed his genitals and offered him money to have sex with him. The boy was allegedly indecently assaulted.
Subsequently Wilson-Forbes allegedly offered the boy money to find him two young girls for sex. The boy allegedly took photographs of Wilson-Forbes engaging in sexual acts with the girls.
In March last year Wilson-Forbes allegedly contacted his original victim, now an adult, to find him another girl under the age of 12.
The eight-year-old girl was taken to Herolds Bay, near George, where she was allegedly raped.
Wilson-Forbes was arrested after the original victim handed photographs of the sexual acts to the police.
The trial continues on Tuesday. - Sapa