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THUNDERCHILD WINES

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THUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINES
THUNDERCHILD WINES
CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: +27 23 626 3661
Fax: +27 23 626 3664
Address: 2 Van Zyl Street, Robertson, Western Cape
E-mail: info@thunderchild.co.za
Website: herberg.co.za/

 

In 1918 after the Great Flu Epidemic, Die Herberg orphanage was built by the Robertson Community.  In 2003 a few vines were planted on the grounds by the community. Thunderchild blend is made by, sympathetic cellars, and 100% of the profit of Thunderchild sales are donated to the orphanage in support of the children’s education.‚Äč

The vineyard of the Herberg covers five hectares of land in Van Zyl Street adjacent to the home. Friends of the home suggested in 2002 that it would be more profitable to do away with the aged, unproductive apricot orchard and rather plant a vineyard. Local wine farming knowledge, as well as cellar facilities was made available for the maintenance and the eventual producing of wine.

The imagination of the Robertson community and individuals from all over was captured by this proposed project. Work was started with great enthusiasm and contributions in the form of fertilizer, soil preparation, plant material, irrigation and trellising, as well as labour and money were made available to launch the project without any costs for the children’s home.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines were planted in 2003 in equal amounts. It has grown so well that currently the vineyard is beautifully established. 

None of the children in Herberg Children’s Home in Robertson originate from homes and communities where the sun proverbially always shines and where there is always lovely weather. The background of our children is characterised by dark and threatening clouds that sometimes creates the feeling of being pushed into the ground. Thunderchild very accurately describes our children in the most beautiful way – the wonderful power of nature.  These children are nature’s wonders who fight through the most threatening and thundering clouds – children that overcome the darkness with the light and beauty and power of an electrical storm, in such a manner that we who deal with them, often stand amazed by their ability to shine brightly after darkness, trauma, hurt and longing. They are in the real sense true Thunderchildren.

The present building of the home was erected in 1980 and makes provision for seven housing-units: three for girls, three for boys and one for babies and toddlers. The 122 children in care are from baby to 18 years of age, and come from different backgrounds.  They are all removed from their parent’s care by means of a children’s court order. Their home circumstances are characterised by a variety of social problems, substance abuse, family violence, abuse (often sexual), psychiatric instability, behavioural problems, murder, rape, poverty, AIDS related deaths, etc.

The vision of the home is We build lives.   This is being done by a residential care and developmental program for children in need of care with the aim to develop their potential and skills.  The values of servitude, justice, stewardship and excellence, form the basis of our work. It is implemented by:


•    creation of a safe, therapeutical environment;
•    continuous liaison with parents and families to eventually reunify the child with his family of origin;
•    recruiting and appointing well educated and trained child care staff and devoted volunteers;
•    partnering with businesses, community organisations and government departments;
•    applying sound business principles to ensure the rendering of a sustainable high standard of service;
•    catering for all the physical, emotional, psychological, religious, educational, social and recreational needs of our children. 

The government subsidises more or less 48% of the monthly expenses of every child in the children’s home. The rest of the expenses must be raised by the home on a monthly basis.  The profit of the wine sales will benefit the income of the home, so that it will be possible to cater optimally for the all encompassing care needs of every child.

Please contact us directly for more information.

THUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINESTHUNDERCHILD WINES
THUNDERCHILD WINES
CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: +27 23 626 3661
Fax: +27 23 626 3664
Address: 2 Van Zyl Street, Robertson, Western Cape
E-mail: info@thunderchild.co.za
Website: herberg.co.za/
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Start: 20 October, 2017
End: 22 October, 2017
Location:   Robertson Wine Valley
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