OUR ACTIVITIES

At Sunfield Home Howick we believe in providing a stimulating environment for our residents where they are encouraged to extend their abilities and achieve a life of fulfillment.

SPORT

Sport plays a very big part in the life of all the residents here at the Home. Besides the obvious physical benefits, it nurtures teamwork, sportsmanship and happy camaraderie, which are so much part of the ethos of our Home.

Everyone joins in to a lesser or greater degree with lots of encouragement from our trained sports staff, headed by our Sports Co-ordinator, Buzz Goeman.

The following sports are provided:

Soccer, bocce, cricket, athletics, swimming, table tennis, black pool, snooker,    hockey, softball plus activities for the elderly and less able. In addition, different groups of residents enjoy horse riding in the Howick area every week.

                                                           

Sunfield holds an annual Sports Day in which all residents participate.  It’s a marvelous day which highlights the sporting talents of all. There is also an annual Gala held at the Sunfield pool, where all residents get the opportunity to participate, regardless of their swimming abilities.

School children from local KZN Midlands schools visit regularly and join in with whatever sport is being played at the time. We have many enthusiastic participants and as many enthusiastic spectators.

Would you like to sponsor one of our high achieving sportsmen or women? Often our sports teams don’t have funding for the equipment, clothing or travel costs to realise their dreams and your contribution could make all the difference. Contact our Marketing Team now to see how you can help.

We are extremely proud of our residents, some of whom have competed in:

The ​KAZNA II for athletics at the SASA II Winter Elite Games

The KAZNA II for Table Tennis at the SASA II Winter Elite Games

The KAZNA II at the SASA II All Age Summer Games

The South African National Finals of the Special Olympics

The Special Olympics.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

We employ a full time professional Occupational Therapist and she is supported by a dedicated team of occupational and workshop assistants. A varied and structured programme is in place to provide activities which are suitable for each individual according to their ability. These tasks give residents purpose, a sense of achievement and facilitates their overall development. It enables them to experience satisfaction as they constantly improve their functional capacity and quality of life.

The Occupational Therapy team works tirelessly at engaging with the residents in a wide variety of activities.

Art is a creative outlet and our residents participate with great enthusiasm and enjoy expressing themselves through various mediums. They often get involved at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show and many even sell their items at our various fairs and local markets.

The residents who form the “Green Gang” happily get involved in assisting with the maintenance of the gardens and grounds, while others busily engage in woodwork, beadwork, pottery, rug-making, sewing and other activities.

Some innovative products are emerging using our new laser printer and quality items are made with very attractive finishes. Many residents enjoy cooking and baking, and several of these food-products are also sold at local markets. ​

Dancing is always a popular activity and residents have thoroughly enjoyed being taught ballroom dancing, line dancing and even Zulu dancing!

The Occupational department has more recently included project-based work for local businesses. Our residents enjoy being employed in meaningful activities for local industry and have taken on assembly projects for manufacturers.

Do you have a project that requires careful attention to detail and could be an occupational therapy project for our residents? Please contact us, we’d welcome the opportunity to discuss your project.

Help Us Restore Our Occupational Workshop Centre

Are you willing to help with a capital project?

Our Occupational workshops have had to be dispersed around our grounds as Schafer House, which traditionally housed all our occupational activities, is in urgent need of restoration and cannot be utilized at present.The gracious old home, which was the original farmhouse, has now reached the stage where its repairs and maintenance are prohibitive for the Home and, as a listed building, needs very specific care to bring it back to its former glory and functionality.

A provisional plan and proposal for the project has been drawn up, subject to donor input, and ideas have been put forward as to the functions of the interior of the building. However, the project is costly and can only move forward once we have adequate funding. We are appealing for corporate sponsors to finance the upgrade of our workshop, either to cover materials or labour, so that our residents can continue to lead stimulated, fulfilled and purposeful lives.

Please Contact Us to discuss your possible involvement. We’d welcome the chance to discuss the options with you.

SPECIAL DAYS

All residents participate in events to promote the Home and help raise funds. They take great pride in helping and engaging actively to make each event a special occasion. Our growing numbers at events are testimony to the importance the Home places on encouraging family, friends and the local Midlands community to support and honour their achievements.

MAY FAIR 

The Sunfield May Fair has long been one of the flagship fundraising events on our calendar. It’s a community affair that firmly showcases the good work and progress our residents have made and is an opportunity for residents to proudly display and sell their skills and products. It is an excellent marketing opportunity for any corporate wishing to channel their social responsibility budget to a good cause, which will also have high profile public reach. The spirit of this event is on the changing seasons and, as Autumn moves to Winter, it’s a great opportunity for everyone to wander the stalls, relax to music, engage with the Home or merely relax with family and friends. Please talk to us about becoming a sponsor, we need your help.

Sunfield residents entertaining the May Fair visitors with their Zulu Dance.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair is the second of the major fundraisers held at the Home. However, the spirit of this event revolves around counting our blessings, being grateful for the year that was and preparing ourselves for the year ahead. While it also provides a great opportunity for family, friends and the community to come together with music and stalls to entertain, this event has a more tranquil atmosphere and the highlight is the Tree of Lights, lit up from that night through until after Christmas. If you would like the opportunity to sponsor this event and show the Midlands community that you care, please contact us, we’d like to hear from you.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

We are fortunate to have amongst us a caring house parent whose Christmas concerts have become somewhat of a legend. Every year this event entertains and raises the bar on just how witty, clever and talented our residents, staff and parents can be.

INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Throughout the year we have several events that can, and do, provide excellent sponsorship opportunities for companies who need to show the Midlands community that they care. In addition, we are always willing to engage with and discuss any ideas you may have that could provide a win/win solution to both our needs.

Some of the things we have done include, but are not limited to:

Outdoor Movie Evenings                              Mandela Day Events

Valentine’s Disco’s                                       Christmas in July

            Golf Days                                             Private/In-House Events

Please contact our Marketing Department or our General Manager to discuss your specific needs and let’s see if we can work together for a greater good.

We update this page regularly with forthcoming events, which all require sponsorship. Please ask our Marketing Department to let you know when suitable events, that are aligned to your corporate mission, come along. We can call you first!

Keep a close eye on our events page for more upcoming events or follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/SunfieldHomeHowick 

OUTINGS AND ENTERTAINMENT

While most of us a caught up in the busy-ness of life, our residents take much joy and pleasure in the simplest of things. They don’t ask for much, but they give a great deal in return. They are generous, kind-hearted and appreciative of the little things and your contributions really can make a significant difference.

Unfortunately, not all our residents still have family to go to for weekends and holidays. Therefore, the Home tries to provide a range of outings and entertainment events to further develop their social skills and to ensure they remain part of a larger community.

Some of the ways your support could assist is by providing all the residents with opportunities to:

Go out to a show or movie eg at a local mall

Listen to live music eg choir events

Visit a local nature reserve to see the animals and birds

Go to Midmar Dam to relax in the open air

Visit UShaka Marine World in Durban

Play in the sand at the sea

The options are numerous and we’re willing to think outside the box, if you are!

In addition, we are constantly in need of: materials and tools for our workshop; new sports equipment and have numerous other ongoing requirements.

Please, Get involved … Partner with us …  Let’s make a difference together.

After all, aren’t you ready to leave a legacy bigger than just what you do now?