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LITERACY AT VAATJIE PRIMARY

LITERACY AT VAATJIE PRIMARY

8 FEBRUARY 2019 South Africa faces many challenges in overcoming literacy shortfalls, and our latest response to this has been to launch a literacy project at the Vaatjie Primary School. Together with some of our ...
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CAPE TOWN SPACE SOCIETY LAUNCH

CAPE TOWN SPACE SOCIETY LAUNCH

Honorary members Hal and Bettye Walker have worked hard to further education in science and technology since Hal’s involvement with the Laser Rangin...
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CAPE TOWN SPACE SOCIETY LAUNCH

CAPE TOWN SPACE SOCIETY LAUNCH

The Cape Town Space Society is the first chapter of the US National Space Society in Africa 1 - 2) The Programme front and a banner 3) Looking back to mentor Prof. Hal Walkerâ€...
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LITERACY AT VAATJIE PRIMARY

LITERACY AT VAATJIE PRIMARY
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8 FEBRUARY 2019
South Africa faces many challenges in overcoming literacy shortfalls, and our latest response to this has been to launch a literacy project at the Vaatjie Primary School. Together with some of our Interact Clubs, we have collected 800 reading books. On the 8th, we handed over about 500 to the school. We plan, together with the Interactors, to visit the school once a month to read to the learners to show them the joy of reading. The school has also implemented a weekly reading period to reinforce this.

CAPE TOWN SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND

CAPE TOWN SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
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31 JANUARY 2019
We were invited to visit the Cape Town Society for the Blind in order to see what they do for the visually challenged in Cape Town, and also to see the new equipment which has been purchased through a Global Grant, which involved as partners the Morning Fredericksburg Rotary Club, Districts 5840 & 5890, USA, our own District 9350 and Rotary International. The new equipment includes raw materials for loom & weaving training, a heavy-duty sewing machine, computers & chairs, a brailler, equipment for their coffee shop, Café 45, which is staffed by their own baristas, and an app similar to GPS for the blind on their phones. We were very impressed with the skill and dedication shown by CTSB.

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN
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1 DECEMBER 2018
A project which is always one of our favourites is our annual Children’s Christmas Party, in which we host over 300 underprivileged children for an unforgettable day of fun & laughter. They play on 3 bouncy castles, experience cart-rides with beautifully cared-for horses, have their faces creatively painted, play soccer, enjoy burgers and chips and snacks, are treated to a magic show and . . . at last . . . receive presents from Father Christmas, who this year arrived in a beautiful luxury car. Behind the scenes, many Rotarians and volunteers, who have planned this for many months, organise the refreshments and presents. We could not do it at all without the help of a small army of Interactors and Rotaractors. This is the best possible start to our Festive Season.

TOYS FOR TYGERBERG HOSPITAL

TOYS FOR TYGERBERG  HOSPITAL
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DECEMBER 2018
We have an ongoing relationship with the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital , having donated many pieces of specialist medical equipment and continuing to donate towards a soup kitchen for visiting families in need. Sometimes we are able to donate toys to the children and we last did this in December. Here we see a family and their child with a new toy.

FOOD PARCELS FOR CHRISTMAS

FOOD PARCELS FOR CHRISTMAS
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NOVEMBER and DECEMBER
Every year, it becomes a little more difficult for many people to make ends meet, and amongst those are our local old age pensioners. To give them a happier Festive Season, we stand at food collections near local Pick ‘n Pay and Spar supermarkets over three weekends and ask generous shoppers to donate us food. We sort and pack the groceries into beautiful re-useable bags donated by Woolworths and deliver them ourselves to the recipients, who are very grateful to receive even these basic necessities. On their behalf, thank you to the generous shoppers in our area. You made a wonderful difference.

SHOES TO NEEDY LEARNERS

SHOES TO NEEDY LEARNERS
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25 OCTOBER 2018
We applied for a District Grant to buy shoes for learners in need, and delivered the shoes to one of two selected schools on the 25th, all carefully marked in the correct sizes. Three Rotarians and a friend handed out the shoes, which were received with delight by the learners.

CHESHIRE HOMES FETE

CHESHIRE HOMES FETE
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28 & 29 SEPTEMBER 2018
We look forward every year to selling delicious burgers and crispy chips at the annual Cheshire Homes Fete – we donate all our earnings to them to help with their fundraising. The fete also offers a variety of other foods, second-hand goods and clothing, fresh veggies, garden plants and artwork by the residents. The residents enjoy hosting members of the public and interacting with them. This year, we were happy to earn R7 400 (up from last year), while the fete overall earned R156 000 for Cheshire Homes.

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.

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.

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 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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