Roger was born in 1948 in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape. Even though he lived under Apartheid rule, racial discrimination has never been a part of his life.
Roger’s unfortunate circumstances came about as a result of a severe motorbike accident in which he was seriously injured, leaving him in hospital in a coma for 27 days.
During a long period of slow recovery, he was unable to return to the business he ran in trading antiques and collectibles. And for two years he was cared for by his elderly mother who lived in accommodation for the aged.
When his beloved mother died, aged 83, Roger had to move on and he had nowhere to go. Desperate, he found some temporary institutional accommodation. Then a friend introduced him to NOAH, and he was able to move into one of our houses in 2010.
Roger talks with great nostalgia about his old days in the collectibles trade when he communicated with buyers from Europe. Quality fountain pens were especially highly prized, and when bargains came his way, Roger was able to make a good profit in overseas currency. Since then, things have changed, especially as a result of the internet.
Since he was 17 years old, Roger has loved building 1 in 72 scale models, specialising in famous ships like The Cutty Sark, Victory, The Raven, The Alabama, and the slave ship, Meroe. These days, when he isn’t manning the NOAH reception desk or involved in some kind of handywork, he’ll still build to order, and is often asked by private owners to repair their damaged or broken models.
In Roger’s words: “Thank God for NOAH and thank God for all those wonderful people who so generously support NOAH. I can never say ‘thank you’ enough.”