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ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN

ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN

19 AUGUST 2017 One of the most heart-warming of our projects is to participate in Cape Town’s annual One to One, which brings together many d...
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WOMENS DAY FOR ROTARY

WOMENS DAY FOR ROTARY

We were proud to hold the first ever Rotary Women’s Day in District 9350. Our distinguished Guest Speaker was dynamic businesswoman Margaret Hirsch,...
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ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN

ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN

We helped at the annual One to One for people with disabilities, in which many social and religious organisations participate. Here we see Rotarians, ...
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ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN

ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN
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19 AUGUST 2017
One of the most heart-warming of our projects is to participate in Cape Town’s annual One to One, which brings together many different charity, social and religious organisations to create a day of enchantment for approx. 3 400 people with mental & physical disabilities. Each organisation runs a stall with a simple game. The guests participate at each stall & win a prize to take away. Our stall is a board on which you roll balls to go into differently coloured depressions. Live music and drum majorettes enliven the day. We are proud that Blouberg Rotaract and our Curro, Milnerton and Parklands Interact Clubs also ran their own stalls, while other Interactors helped out.

SPOIL PARTY FOR LESS FORTUNATE

SPOIL PARTY FOR LESS FORTUNATE
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18 AUGUST 2018
Our annual Spoil Party for people with disabilities and the elderly is eagerly anticipated not only by our less sighted, wheelchair bound & elderly friends, but also by us. We host about 150 guests to a day of delicious food & refreshments & live entertainment. We transport some of them to the venue & assist with serving the food & refreshments. The venue is the Italian Club and this year, local Italian singer Lorenzo treated us to 2 popular Italian songs. Blind DJ Gary played his popular music & other gifted singers added to the day. Spoil Party coordinator Pat took us back over the history of the parties, which for many years were hosted at her house. We were proud to learn that one of our visually challenged guests was ‘Princess’ Schroeder, Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability.

HARLEY BLANKET RUN

HARLEY BLANKET RUN
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13 MAY 2018
We were overjoyed to revive our relationship with the Harley Owners Group by holding a joint Blanket Run in order to give blankets to needy children and to raise funds for our charity fund. The third partner was Table Bay Mall, who hosted the end of the ride, organised much of the publicity and donated prizes. We thank all the Harley and other bike riders who participated. We were able to donate 400 blankets to needy children at TLC and Wolwerivier.

EASTER PARTY AT CRECHE

EASTER PARTY AT CRECHE
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6 APRIL 2018
Every year, we hold a small Easter Party for 30 – 40 children at a local crèche. This year, members donated Easter eggs, cool drink, cup cakes, sweets, lollipops, packets of Nick Nacks & chips & Kit Kats. We were most impressed with the good manners shown by the children and the happy songs they sang to us in thanks.

TREE PLANTING AT CURRO HIGH SCHOOL

TREE PLANTING AT CURRO HIGH SCHOOL
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21 MARCH 2018
Rotary International President Ian Riseley has encouraged Rotarians to plant 1 million 200 000 trees this year – one for each Rotarian worldwide. We were proud to participate and duly planted 36 trees at Curro High School. Curro High Interact was our partner and the Interactors will ensure that the trees are well cared for. Bearing in mind the unprecedented drought we have been experiencing, the trees are extremely hardy, water-wise Spekboom trees.

ZUSAKHE CRÈCHE RENOVATION

ZUSAKHE CRÈCHE RENOVATION
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15 FEBRUARY 2018
After sometimes frustrating delays due to planning permission glitches, we were very proud to open the newly renovated Zusakhe HIV / Aids Educare Centre in Du Noon informal settlement. The CIPLA Foundation was our partner, and we could not have done this project without the heartfelt generosity of Rotary clubs and caring individuals in Canada, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA. The old containers were replaced by new units, a courtyard roof which will regulate temperature and provide shelter from rain and sun was added, and there is a new ablution block. Zusakhe is now the only Crèche in Du Noon which has been approved by the Social Development Dept. & Early Childhood Development.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
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9 DECEMBER 2017
Our favourite annual project is probably the Christmas Party we hold for approx. 300 disadvantaged and disabled children from our area. We are grateful for the participation of our Rotaract and Interact clubs, and friends. The children enjoy 3 bouncy castles, face-painting, pony-cart rides, 5-a-side soccer and instant photos, accompanied by snacks. Then there is lunch and a magician show. The most exciting moment is the appearance of Father Christmas, who hands them toys (some donated by Curro Interact and by ExPro) and parcels with sweets, stationery and hygiene items. It is a wonderful start to the Festive Season for them and for us Rotarians

CHRISTMAS FOOD PARCELS

CHRISTMAS FOOD PARCELS
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NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
Over five days in November, our members held very successful collections of food donations for needy pensioners. We thank Rabie and Pick ‘n Pay for allowing us to collect outside the supermarket at the West Coast Village shopping centre, and Superspar in the Piazza Centre, Parklands, for allowing us to collect just inside their store. Thank you to the Rotaract Club of Blouberg for their help. Mostly, we thank all the shoppers for their very generous donations without which this project would not be possible. Early December we sorted and packed the food into beautiful reusable bags donated by Bags4Good, which we delivered to 100 pensioners and people with special needs. Their gratitude is always heart-warming.

ROTARY FAMILY HEALTH DAYS

ROTARY FAMILY HEALTH DAYS
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5 and 6 OCTOBER 2017
Every year, Rotary clubs in South Africa & other African nations hold Family Health Days for three days. Rotary clubs, in conjunction with regional & national health services, organise three days of free health checks, consultations & inoculations in nearby deprived communities. Due to availability of venue, we could only organise two days in the community hall in Du Noon informal settlement, but we organised TB and HIV testing with the relevant NGO and also facilitated professional eye testing from Tonie Konig of the South African Sight Enhancement Initiative, which was very greatly appreciated. Other health scans and counselling services were provided together with handouts of fruit, soap and condoms.

FETE AT CHESHIRE HOMES

FETE AT CHESHIRE HOMES
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28 & 29 SEPTEMBER 2017
Every year, we look forward to running our Chips ‘n Burgers stall at the Eric Miles Cheshire Homes for the Disabled Fete to help them raise funds. We are justly proud of our scrumptious burgers and crispy chips and we always enjoy persuading the public to sample them too. Other stalls sell a variety of foods, fresh veggies, second-hand goods and artworks by the residents. This year, we raised R5 290, and we were very happy that overall Cheshire Homes raised R128 000.

CAREERS EVENING BUREN HIGH

CAREERS EVENING BUREN HIGH
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31 JULY 2017
In what has proved a popular event at Buren High school, we organized a Careers Evening during which 15 speakers addressed interested learners on potential careers. They used their professional experience to give the learners sound advice on what it will take to study in their particular careers and informed them about the potential benefits and drawbacks they will find. Professions covered this year were accounting, business, professional cookery, electrics, fashion design, the health profession, hotel management, IT work, journalism, law, law enforcement, mechanics, panel-beating, sound technology & sports technology. We thank every speaker for giving up their time for this very worthwhile evening. Leanne here is talking on Fashion Design.

DONATION OF BEANIES

DONATION OF BEANIES
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JULY 2017
Not only are our members caring & dedicated to our community – but so are our families. The mother of a member spent time knitting ‘beanies’ for disadvantaged children, which we delivered to the Zusakhe HIV/Aids creche in a local township, & also to outpatients of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital. Here we see children & teachers, with member Deidre, at Zusakhe.

DONATION TO KNYSNA

DONATION TO KNYSNA
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JUNE 2017
Like the rest of South Africa, & other caring people around the world, we were shocked at the catastrophic fire, caused by extreme weather, which destroyed so many homes & businesses in Knysna. Blouberg Rotary responded to an appeal from our District to make a donation to our fellow club, the Rotary Club of Knysna, to assist the people there. We responded by donating R20 000. Our thoughts are with Knysna.
SEPTEMBER UPDATE FROM KNYSNA: The Rotary Club of Knysna has distributed, altogether, over R1,9 million of donations received from many donors to recipients in need.

LOCAL CHARITY NETWORKING

7 JUNE 2017
In 2010, Rotarian Alice convened the first Charity Networking meeting, which gave local charities & community organisations. The opportunity to meet to exchange information, advice on common challenges & to give each other practical help. This Charity Networking has gone from strength to strength since then. These organisations assist those in need in the local community in incalculable ways, often without government funding. The last meeting was on the 7th June at the premises of radio One FM 94.0. Organisations represented this year were Community Intervention Centre, Community Medics, Echo Youth, Orion Org.NPC, Peace Home, Rainbow State Child Safety, Rogz Academy, SALT Projects, TLC Outreach Projects & T.V. Angels.

TEXAS ROTARIAN CONTRIBUTION

TEXAS ROTARIAN CONTRIBUTION
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We want to help raise money to assist the Cape Town Society for the Blind with skills and entrepreneurial development. Our member Lizelle, who is also the CEO for the Cape Town Society for the Blind, visited Texas, being hosted by Fredericksburg Rotarian Riaan, a former Blouberg Rotarian. He introduced her to local clubs and they attended the District 5850 Conference. Blouberg Rotary and District 9350 will join with District 5840 and local clubs to acquire a Rotary International Global Grant for the project. Here we see President Alice of Fredericksburg-Morning club, with DG Judy Hutcherson of District 5840.

ZUSAKHE CRECHE GRADUATION

ZUSAKHE CRECHE GRADUATION
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26 NOVEMBER 2016
As we have given substantial assistance to the Zusakhe Aids Foundation, & particularly their crèche,over many years, we are always invited to the annual graduation of their Grade R learners. Here we see a proud graduate.

TYGERBERG HOSPITAL

TYGERBERG HOSPITAL
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Over 4 Saturdays, hardworking Blouberg Rotarians & Rotaractors & a spouse repaired & replaced playground equipment at the Tygerberg Hospital School playground, where benches & tables had become badly degraded & unsafe. We had to saw the wood to length, sand the planks smooth, clear the old bolt holes or drill new holes where the bolts were rusted fast, fix the new timber to the concrete supports & finally, seal the timber. Here are Anton & John (back) & Peter, Richard, Tommy & Stephan.

ROTARY YOUTH PROGRAMMES

ROTARY YOUTH PROGRAMMES
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Blouberg Rotary is a very enthusiastic supporter of the Rotary International Youth Programmes. We have supported the Group Study Exchange programme, whereby young professionals visit other countries to study their professions and to meet foreign colleagues, by sponsoring outgoing students, hosting incoming students and having 2 of our members lead study teams overseas. We are proud to sponsor 6 Interact clubs: Bosmansdam High, Curro Century City, Milnerton High, Parklands College, Sinenjongo High & Table View High. Lastly, we are honoured to sponsor the Rotaract Club of Blouberg - a group of enthusiastic 20 – 30 year olds who are doing projects & mixing with other Rotaract clubs in our District. See our ‘Youth’ Page for more detail. Here we see Helène leading a group to Bulgaria.

REMEDIAL CENTRE MATCHING GRANT

REMEDIAL CENTRE MATCHING GRANT
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15 MARCH 2013
Blouberg Rotary’s biggest ever project – the construction of a Remedial Centre at Blouberg Ridge Primary School. The centre was financed from many sources – monthly Bingo evenings, donations from a local property developer & others; & donations from the Rotary Clubs of Bad Homberg v. d. H. & Friedrichshafen-Tettnang (Germany), Inglewood, L. A. Morning, Monarch Beach, SW Pacific County Peninsula & Westwood (USA), Larry Bender of Hawthorne RC (USA), Rotary Districts 1820 & our own 9350 – all of which contributed to a Matching Grant from the Rotary Foundation. The centre is built with the latest green technology, of polyurethane panels, & has been filled with educational equipment. Here we see Blouberg Rotary’s staunch American friends, supporters Hal & Bettye Walker, Past President Victor (on the floor) & a teacher with some children in a new classroom.

COMPUTERS & LITERACY

COMPUTERS & LITERACY
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We have been involved with computer projects for a long time. In the past, we sponsored computers to schools including the Tygerberg Hospital School, Sinenjongo High School & Ysterplaat Junior Primary School. We could not have done this without the help of other Rotary Clubs such as Bad Homberg, Germany; SW Pacific County Peninsula, USA; Tilbury, Canada; Brownhill Creek, Australia & Biliricay Mayflower, UK – we thank them for their generosity. We also sponsor the annual Book Prizes given to the children who achieve the most in literacy.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES
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We have always given dedicated support to the Rotary International programmes that are implemented all over the world. These include anything from supplying communities with fresh water, funding prosthetic limbs for the disabled, fighting malaria by providing mosquito nets, sponsoring and making up Shelter Boxes of essentials for refugees & victims of natural disasters and funding education programmes. However, the most remarkable Rotary initiative of the last 20 years has been the campaign to eradicate polio. Polio has been eradicated from all but 1 nation. Blouberg Rotary has made many contributions towards ending Polio over the years.
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