November 11th 2015 was a very special day for Christel House charity in Cape Town, South Africa.
The charity’s founder and CEO, Christel DeHaan, was paying her annual visit and during a special assembly held for the school’s friends and donors, she was personally able to dedicate the Ron Haylock Music Room in tribute to him as a passionate lover of music and supporter of Christel House.
As well as academic accomplishments, the special assembly celebrated dance, drama and, of course, music.
The school band accompanied the programme and played their hearts out. The younger children played beautifully on their recorders and the marching band ceremoniously accompanied guests to and from the school buildings.
Two star student musicians told of their joy in being able to learn and play music and of the new confidence it has brought them.
The Ron Haylock Music Room was declared open with the cutting of a ribbon and a few words about Ron.
It proudly houses three Honour Boards that list all the donors, many from the timeshare industry, who made generous contributions in his memory.
They are displayed together with a picture of him and a tribute to his life. Plus of course, all those wonderful instruments that were procured, safely housed in lockers and cabinets.
Please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfrrHST-ths to see a short video of some of the day’s events.
This joyful occasion marked the final stage of the appeal in Ron’s memory. In his private life as well as his business life, he earned the respect and friendship of many around the world; the Christel House team would like to express their deep appreciation to all those in the timeshare industry who have brought the gift of music in his name to the children of Christel House South Africa.
Christel DeHaan said: “It was truly a special tribute. Including our students, more than one thousand people were gathered at the school to honour Ron’s memory and see and hear for themselves what this legacy means. We are so very thankful to all who supported this special initiative.”
About Christel House
Christel House transforms the lives of impoverished children around the world — breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Robust education for students between the ages of five and 18 and a strong character development programme are complemented with regular health care, nutritious meals, guidance counselling, career planning, family assistance and post-matriculation support.