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DUE TO LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS AND HEALTH CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS, WE HAVE RESUMED MEETINGS VIA ZOOM ONLY IN JANUARY 2021. OUR BEST WISHES TO ALL IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING ONE OF OUR MEETINGS, PLEASE CONTACT SECRETARY LEANNE ON firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most vibrant Rotary clubs in Cape Town, the Rotary Club of Blouberg is a dynamic group of professionals and business people who are dedicated to the Rotary ideal of 'Service above Self.' We meet every week for a friendly meal with good fellowship, but our business is to help charities, institutions and needy people in the area north of Cape Town ranging from Blouberg to Brooklyn, from Du Noon to Parow. We are part of Rotary District 9350 and proud to be part of Rotary International. We participate enthusiastically in Rotary's global charity and youth programmes.
Rotary International today is a global fellowship consisting of more than 1.2 million members in 33 000 clubs in more than 200 countries.
We were chartered on the 21st November 1986 with 24 members, our sponsor club being the Rotary Club of Milnerton. Our first president was Allan Fraser and our first meetings were held at the Blouberg Hotel. Right from the beginning, we leapt eagerly into service to the community by becoming involved with Vaatjieplaas farm school and St Jospeh's Home for chronically ill children in Philippi. We also held a fund-raising Carols by Candlelight at the Bayside shopping Centre. In 1992 we proudly inducted Pat Strydom as our first lady member. 2009 saw the sad closure of our sponsoring Rotary Club of Milnerton, but events moved full circle as many of their members joined us.
Our Activities over the Covid-19 Lockdown Period
COVID LOCKDOWN DONATIONS
As soon as Lockdown was announced, we donated R17 000 to the West Coast COVID Relief Fund, and R10 000 to the Milnerton Community Action Network, for the express purpose of helping with the food shortages caused by the shutdown of economic activity.
FOOD AND SANDWICHES
Since Lockdown began, individual members have contributed to those in need despite all the limitations on meeting. Two members are making a mass contribution of sandwiches to a feeding scheme. Many are contributing sandwiches and food to the Milnerton CAN Sandwich Saturdays. If you can, please drop off sandwiches, fresh fruit, food ingredients or pet food at the Paddocks Shopping Centre, basement parking, in Milnerton every Saturday from 08.30 to 13.00. EVERY little helps.
IN ADDITION UNDER COVID LOCKDOWN
Other members have contributed pet food to animal charities and buffs with Rotary wheels have been sold to raise funds for pet food. Two Honorary Members have contributed towards food organised by the CIPLA Trust for families assisted by the Zusakhe HIV/Aids Foundation.
MEETINGS DURING LOCKDOWN
On the 9th April, under Lockdown, we held our first club meeting by Zoom. We learnt new skills and our Zoom meetings are still happy occasions during which we can see friends from all over and chart our way forward. Recently we have begun to hold hybrid meetings, whereby attendees can participate by Zoom, or attend a meeting on distanced chairs at the Italian Club, Donegal Road, Rugby, and join up for an optional meal afterwards. Members are using all 3 options according to preference.
UPDATE: Our Hybrid meetings have been suspended since South Africa’s return to Level 3 on the 29th December 2020 due to the Coronavirus Second Wave. Please contact Secretary Leanne for info on what we are doing week to week.
POLIO ERADICATED IN AFRICA
Rex Omameh & Blouberg Rotaract commemorated the official eradication of wild polio in Africa in 2020, after Rotary initiated a worldwide project in 1988 to rid the world of polio, by placing a signboard on the R27 in Table View.