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  1. 1. rotary africarotary africaEstablished in 1927 ♦ A member of the Rotary World Magazine Press ♦ March 2015 Worst floods in 40 years ShelterBox and Rotarians respond www.rotaryafrica.com
  2. 2. 2 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 CREATIVITY IS THINKING UP NEW THINGS. INNOVATION IS DOING NEW THINGS. Sales: (011) 825-1100 | Sales Fax: (011) 825-7428 Email: sales@lasher.co.za or exportsales@lasher.co.za or visit www.lasher.co.za or www.lasher.mobi or find us on facebook or twitter Ecobarrow Screwdriver Set Combination Rake Hosepipe with fittings Kudu Hedge Shear
  3. 3. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 3 in this issue... contents Cover story 21 | Worst floods in 40 years Regulars 4 | From the editor 5 | Message from the RI President 6 | What you should know Foundation Chair’s message 7 | Convention countdown 8 | Foundation ranks 85th 10 | Our Foundation 11 | Natty’s Natter People 12 | Ravi Ravindran 17 | Lawrie Shuttleworth 20 | Birthday celebration Projects 21 | Worst floods in 40 years 23 | Storm pummels island 24 | New beginnings 27 | Bicycles for Africa 28 | 12 insightful years 29 | Feed the little children 30 | Splish, splash, we need a bath 31 | Long term support 32 | Yes, we can! 33 | Granting guidance 34 | Celebrating culture Youth 35 | Bitten by the service bug 36 | Music school dream realised 37 | Camping adventure 38 | Know your town 39 | Youth news from our clubs Round up 40 | Club and district news
  4. 4. 4 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 From the editor... Editor Sarah van Heerden Administration Sharon Robertson Chairman Gerald Sieberhagen Directors Greg Cryer Peter Dupen Andy Gray David Jenvey Richard Tolken Publisher Rotary in Africa Reg. No. 71/04840/08 (incorp.associationnotforgain) PBO No: 18/13/13/3091 Registered at the GPO as a newspaper Design & Layout Rotary in Africa Printers Colour Planet, Pinetown Advertising Sharon Robertson Sarah van Heerden Tariff card on request at www.rotaryafrica.com Subscriptions Sharon Robertson www.rotaryafrica.com (digital) Contributions rotaryafrica@mweb.co.za Distribution Rotary Districts 9210, 9211, 9212, 9220, 9350, 9370 and9400 (SouthernandEastern Africa) Contact Rotary Africa P.O. Box 563 Westville 3630 South Africa Telephone 0027 (31) 267 1848 Fax 0027 (31) 267 1849 Email rotaryafrica@mweb.co.za Website www.rotaryafrica.com The Rotary Emblem, Rotary International, Rotary, Rotary Club and Rotarian are trademarks of Rotary International and are used under licence. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of Rotary Africa, Rotary International or The Rotary Foundation. Meet our team FINAL PUSH Sarah In 1985, Rotary International launched the PolioPlus programme. Today, 30 years later, we are very close to eradicating polio. Three decades may sound like a long time, however, for many it has passed in the blink of an eye. When I consider how much far we have come in eradicating polio, I can’t believe that it has been only 30 years! World immunisation levels were boosted from less than 50 percent in 1985 to more than 80 percent in 1992. In 1988, polio paralysed more than 1 000 children worldwide every day and 125 countries were polio-endemic. Today, the global incidence of polio cases has been slashed by 99 percent and in March 2014 India was declared polio-free. To put it simply, 99 percent of the world’s population lives in regions which have been certified polio-free. The good news for Rotarians in Africa is that as of February 11, there had been no new cases of wild poliovirus in six months. This means that we are a sixth of the way towards Africa being declared polio free – the World Health Organisation requires three full years to pass without a new case of polio before it will officially certify an area polio-free. Until then, it is of the utmost importance that high levels of surveillance and immunisation rates, to quickly detect any importation of the poliovirus and minimise its impact, are maintained. I have heard there are people who feel that as polio is no longer present in our country, polio eradication should not be a priority. I have one response to this opinion – nonsense! Something as simple as a person not washing their hands properly can, when the virus is present, result in the spread of polio among those who are not immunised. With how easy travel has become and the number of people who support the anti-vaccine movement, it would not be impossible for someone in a polio-free country to become infected. It is for this reason that surveillance and immunisations continue and, more importantly, our efforts to eradicate that last one percent of polio continue. Your efforts have brought us this far. We need to continue and ensure that we eradicate polio for once and for all – or 30 years of hard work may as well be flushed down the drain! Rotary Africa Magazine
  5. 5. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 5 regulars Gary CK Huang President, Rotary International Message from the RI President On the Web Speeches and news from RI President Gary CK Huang at www.rotary.org/president DEAR FELLOW ROTARIANS, In Rotary, we have the opportunity to build bonds of friendship with fellow Rotarians around the world. Once a year, at our International Convention, we have the chance to get together with all of our Rotary friends, share new ideas, plan new service and just have fun. What better way to celebrate the end of the 2014/15 Rotary year and Light Up Rotary with your friends, than to travel together to the 106th annual Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, Brazil? Whether you have never been to a convention before or are an experienced convention goer, this will be one you won’t want to miss. Preregistration pricing ends on 31 March, so plan now for the biggest Rotary party of the year. The convention will begin on Saturday, 6 June, and after the opening ceremony there will be a traditional Brazilian Carnival party and a Samba School Parade at the Anhembi Sambadrome. Even if you think you have no rhythm or can’t carry a tune, you will find yourself dancing, singing and laughing all night long. The party and parade will feature the bright colours, feathers and sequins of carnival costumes as well as the sights and sounds of samba, the Afro-Brazilian music and dance, and the delicious food and drinks of São Paulo. On Monday night, Ivete Sangalo, winner of two Latin Grammy Awards, will entertain Rotarians. Every evening of the convention, Rotary Restaurant Nights will let you enjoy discounts in the culinary capital of Latin America. Savour fish from the Amazon, sushi with a Latin flair, Brazilian beef and other offerings from some of São Paulo’s 30 000 restaurants and bars. Admission to several museums in São Paulo, including the excellent soccer museum, will also be free with your convention badge. Brazil reflects a diversity almost as great as Rotary’s. Paulistanos, as the people of São Paulo are known, have created a lively culture with influences from all over the world. One of the highlights of any Rotary convention is always hospitality night, where you can get to know local Rotarians. Monday night is your chance to experience the Paulistano lifestyle with the Rotarians of Brazil – but be sure to book early, as numbers are limited. In Rotary, service and friendship go hand in hand. As you focus on the work of this Rotary year, I ask you not to lose sight of the importance of international friendship and to register for the São Paulo convention at www.riconvention.org.
  6. 6. 6 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 ROTARY Members: 1 220 115 Clubs: 34 558 ROTARACT Members: 169 395 Clubs: 7 365 INTERACT Members:396 980 Clubs: 17 260 RCCs Members: 186 093 Corps: 8 091 Rotary at a Glance as of 1 October 2014 The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: First. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; Second. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; Third. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; Fourth. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Of the things we think, say or do: 1) Is it the TRUTH? 2) Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4) Will it be BENEFICIALto all concerned? Object of Rotary The Four-Way Test what you should know Grants model Foundation trustee chair, John Kenny Now that the first year of the new grants model has been completed it is time to see how it is working. One of the most positive outcomes is that more clubs and districts have banded together to implement larger sustainable projects. Our Rotary Foundation funded 488 District Grants worth a total of US$23.5 million and 868 Global Grants worth US$47.3 million. The Trustees are very conscious that they have a fiduciary duty to ensure that Foundation funds are spent wisely. To help in achieving this, clubs and districts have the support of a Cadre of Technical Advisors. These are Rotarian volunteers who have been vetted as specialists either in one or more areas of focus or in financial audits. Last year, on behalf of the Trustees, these volunteers carried out more than 153 assignments. Forty-four were technical (desk) reviews prior to funding approval, and 68 were mandatory onsite screenings for larger projects, either before approval or during the project`s implementation. The cadre also conducted 41 audits of projects and districts, some trustee policy mandated and some at random. We have also learned that some sponsors of Global Grants have struggled with needs assessments, sustainability, monitoring and evaluation. This is where the cadre can be of practical assistance and the members have been asked to increase their availability to grant sponsors, right from the start of the application process. Clubs and districts sponsoring grants can access this assistance by contacting their Regional Grants officer to support this initiative. We are looking to add volunteers to our cadre in all areas of focus and in auditing. If you are interested in joining the cadre, email cadre@ rotary.org for more information. The aim of the Trustees is to make the new grants model as user friendly to clubs and districts as possible.
  7. 7. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 7 Rotary Resort Badplaas The one-week holiday destination for Senior Citizens • Enjoy your next holiday in a safe environment with new friends from one Sunday to the next. • The famous hot water springs are only 500 metres away from us and we provide transport to the Hydro Spa every morning. • While you relax we spoil you with three meals daily. • You will love our new indoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. • Your regular television programmes can be viewed on DSTV. • The elegantly furnished rooms, the scenery and the mountains ensure an unforgettable all inclusive break-away week. • All the rooms are for two persons to share so please bring a friend. • The most affordable holiday in the country. For Bookings or more information Contact Engela at 017-844-1060 or email hennie@rotaryresort.co.za www.rotaryresort.co.za Carnival time Convention countdown Around this time every year, Brazilians celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of Lent with one of the world’s largest parties, Carnival. For days, revellers dance, drums thump and sequins glitter alongside the elaborate floats of competing neighbourhood groups. These clubs, which are known as samba schools, can be as large as 5 000 people and are judged in categories such as the band, song, harmony and coordination, costumes, spirit, floats and dancing. While the festivities in Rio de Janeiro may be the country’s most famous, São Paulo hosts a bash with its own flair. For two nights, the city’s top 14 samba schools parade their way through the Sambódromo do Anhembi, a venue that can hold up to 30 000 people, in a nationally broadcast competition. Meanwhile, neighbourhoods throw their own block parties called blocos, in which everyone can participate. At the 2015 Rotary International Convention, 6-9 June, you’ll be able to join the party too. On 6 June, you can attend the Rotary Carnival Parade, which will take place in the Anhembi Sambadrome, just as the samba school parades do. Learn more and register at www.rotary2015saopaulo.org. Register for the 2015 RI Convention in São Paulo by 31 March for a reduced rate. Go to www.riconvention.org.
  8. 8. 8 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 David Bobanick, director of Rotary First Harvest, a programme of District 5030, and fellow Rotarians have provided millions of pounds of fresh produce to those in need throughout the Seattle area. foundation ranks 85th Every year, the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks the top 400 non-profit organisations in the United States. The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary’s mission. According to the Chronicle, The Rotary Foundation received $239 576 000 in 2013, a 32.4 percent increase from the previous year. The Foundation recently earned a four star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of non- profit organisations in the United States. In the 2013/14 Rotary year, 92 percent of the Foundation’s expenditures were applied to programmes, with only six percent spent on fundraising and two percent on
  9. 9. 20.030. Subscription to Magazines. 20.030.1. Required Subscription. Each member of a club not located in the United States or Canada and each member of an e-club shall become a paid subscriber to the official magazine of RI or to a Rotary magazine* approved and prescribed for that club by the board. Two Rotarians residing at the same address have the option to subscribe jointly to the official magazine. The members shall maintain such subscriptions for the duration of their membership.** Each member shall have the option to choose to receive either a printed copy by mail or an electronic copy via the internet where available.*** *The Rotary magazine approved for Africa is Rotary Africa. ** Such subscription shall be collected by the club from its members and forwarded to Rotary Africa on behalf of the member. *** Rotary Africa provides an electronic copy and should a member prefer to subscribe to the electronic version they may do so by accessing the Rotary Africa website – www.rotaryafrica.com and completing the request for a digital version. Rotary Africa half-yearly subscription: 1st January 2015 - R125 per member. 1st July 2015 - R135 per member. Rotary Africa subscriptions are billed to the club in January and July and are due within 30 days. The invoicing is calculated on the total number of members on the mailing list. What do Rotary Club secretaries need to do? • Send an updated members’ list to Rotary Africa in January and July. • Register new members with Rotary Africa when they join Rotary. • Advise Rotary Africa of any changes in membership such as: Resignations, address updates, deceased members as they occur. What do Assistant Governors need to do on behalf of the District Governor? • Ensure that Clubs adhere to the above requirements. rotary africarotary africa Subscription guidelines 2013 Manual of Procedure: RI Bylaws - Articles 20 administrative expenses. The Foundation funded $23.5 million in District Grants and $47.3 million in Global Grants. These grants support local and international humanitarian projects as well as scholarships. Together with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has led the effort to end polio, contributing more than $1.3 billion to the initiative since its outset. When an outbreak threatened the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in 2013, Rotary quickly provided emergency funds, including a US$500 000 rapid response grant for Somalia and another US$500 000 grant to the World Health Organisation to cover operational costs in the Middle East.As a result, the outbreak in the Horn of Africa slowed and Syria reported only one case of polio in the first half of 2014. Rotary is also at the forefront of efforts to fight other diseases and improve health worldwide. According to the WHO, indoor air pollution causes 4.3 million deaths per year. To help combat it, members of the Rotary Club of Taos-Milagro (D5520, USA) mobilised Rotary clubs in several countries to support the Himalayan Stove Project, which has installed more than 3 000 clean-burning stoves in Nepal. In Tamil Nadu, India, Rotary clubs partnered with clubs in Maryland to use a Foundation Global Grant to purchase a large van and fit it out with X-ray equipment to screen women for breast cancer in hard-to- reach communities. The ‘mammobus’ has been used to conduct more than 2 500 free breast cancer screenings, and has helped detect and treat early-stage cancer in six women. Rotary members in Malindi, Kenya, teamed up with members in Maryland and Idaho to work with the Genesis World Mission in creating a rainwater catchment system to provide clean drinking water, irrigate crops and establish fish farms in Burangi, Kenya. In Seattle, Rotary members are putting millions of pounds of fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste into the hands of those who need them through Rotary First Harvest, a programme of D5030. “This clearly shows our members recognise the unparalleled value of giving to their Foundation,” says John Hewko, Rotary’s general secretary, of the Chronicle ranking. “They know that by giving to the Foundation, their dollars have a much greater impact. And friends of Rotary respect that the Foundation puts their gift to great use. ” GET IT DONE EARLY! Send your club details for inclusion in the 2015/16 edition of Which Club Meets Today to: rotaryafrica@mweb.co.za
  10. 10. 10 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 our foundation By PDG Anne Botha - Regional Rotary Foundation Co-ordinator Zone 20A South Doing good in the world What I have found very interesting is that even among the veteran Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) faculty in Uganda, there is a general avoidance in dealing with topics related to our Foundation, The Rotary Foundation (TRF). And who can blame them? TRF has been presented to most of us in such complex and confusing terms that it becomes a scary beast in our minds. We are harassed to feed this beast money for our Rotarian well- being and recognition. If you fail to sacrifice you are apparently less than a Rotarian. Do you feel like this about TRF? Do not worry - you are in very good company. I must admit that for a long time, this was my own perception of TRF, as I tried to understand the share system, grants and suchlike. I was confused by investment cycles, percentage this and percentage that. It sounded like an exercise in mathematics, economics and the stock market. Then I had a rare opportunity. I was club president when the then DG, Nelson Kawalya, identified me to the TRF as someone who could carry out an advance site visit and evaluate a proposed 3H grant (Health, Hunger and Humanity). I asked my Rotary mentor what 3H was and to explain the work of an advance site visitor. “Don’t worry,” he assured me, “TRF will send you all the literature you need.” I received large volumes and read diligently. This, my friends, is how I became a volunteer for the Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors. You will think that all the literature helped me to understand it but I am afraid you are wrong. Being an advance site visitor helped me begin to understand what TRF is. For the first time I met Rotarians who were totally dedicated to the service of humanity. I visited a community of former lepers producing crafts and vegetables, wielding hoes with hands that in most cases had no fingers. I had been involved in projects before, but I had never experienced the great emotional impact that TRF-funded projects, however simple, have on people. This was my first real lesson about what TRF is. It is not the staff in Evanston. It’s not all the rules and regulations and policies. It’s not the trustees. It is dedicated Rotarians around the world, pouring themselves into service to help those who are in need. Through my volunteer work, I got to see more of this kind of person and for each location, I felt the human experience, I felt the spirit of great Rotarians. Once I understood this, the rest was easy. Having felt and seen what I had, how could I not give? Having felt and given what I had, how could I not be involved in club projects? I believe I am a greater beneficiary of TRF than the communities we serve. Service makes me feel complete as a human being. TRF is a thing of the heart, a crystallisation of how we feel for other people and reach out to those in need. It’s about developing and implementing effective service projects on the one hand and supporting our Foundation through our donations on the other hand. The two march hand in hand. Indeed, as I have said to many, feel TRF first through service. Feel the people and the communities we work with as individuals. Feel them as part of you, as part of your family. The next step, giving, becomes inevitable and it becomes a habit. Finally, if you have felt and you are giving from the heart, try to understand the mechanics of TRF. Like love, the Rotary Foundation, starts with a feeling in the heart, not the giving of things. Sometimes something is just so good that you can read it over and over again. I truly believe that the article by TRF Cadre PDG Tusu Tusubira (D9200), published in the January edition of the ROTA Newsletter, will keep on touching Rotarian hearts for a long time to come. Unfortunately I had to shorten the article - my apologies to TRF Cadre Tusu Tusubira. Feed the beast
  11. 11. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 11 change is criticalby Regional Rotary Coordinator - Zone 20A South, PDG Natty Moodley www.rcnatty.blogspot.comNatty’s Natter I have always said that we are ordinary people achieving extraordinary results. Because of our passion to serve and our positive attitude, our success is authentic. We have no hidden agendas - it’s how we roll. We take the opportunity to serve seriously and sincerely and that sets us apart from the rest. Now it’s your chance to make an important decision to take our organisation into a completely different direction, to create the future and to focus on and embrace the concept of diversity. Diversity does not just look at the race issue. It engages our minds to think younger, to include the youth, to provide opportunities for women, to look at our classification spread and at how we grow our organisation by creating an all- embracing environment, so that we ensure its future existence. For our organisation to grow we need to accept that change is critical. We need to look at things differently. How do we adjust our meeting protocols and how do we make the effort to integrate the younger more digitally oriented demographic? Look at our membership statistics. More than half of our membership is over the age of 60 and just one percent of our membership is under 30, yet approximately 50 percent of the world’s population is under 30. This is the demographic we need to target for the future success and continued existence of our organisation, but how many of our clubs actually engage people under 40? Unless we take the age demographic of our organisation seriously and start to put our ideas, thoughts and words into action, two decades from now we could have an organisation half the size that it is today. Keeping our organisation relevant is the key to attracting and retaining the younger generation. Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko, said “it is clear that members have been able to accomplish a great deal,” and he asked what Rotarians are willing to do to make Rotary stronger. “We have great traditions in Rotary, but they are our traditions. We made them, we own them and it is up to us to change them if they are no longer relevant”. We need to go out there and bring in new members. New members come without any preconceived ideas and traditions. Change and innovation are led by people with fresh ideas, who go the extra mile to make them work and think outside the box. Young people are ambitious and yes, they are still climbing the corporate ladder or starting their own businesses, but they have a strong sense of civic duty. Our membership and services are what make our organisation powerful and strong. Just think of what we have achieved over the years. I am inspired as I witness your relentless devotion to improving the lives of the unfortunate. Your actions have saved millions of children from the dreaded polio virus and this is just one of the epic things that you have accomplished. You have toiled for more than a quarter of a century to rid the world of polio. Polio eradication is a dream that must be realised. Anything less is to surrender. No matter what the odds, we contribute towards our goal of a polio free world. Each one of you is special. You are a special gift to your families and when you joined this wonderful organisation you became a gift to your community. During the coming year, President-Elect Ravi Ravindran will ask you to do things differently. He will ask you to engage with other clubs and people within our zone, our continent and around the world. He will ask you to meet that stranger who is waiting to be your friend. A simple smile could translate into friendship, a handshake could lead to many projects and ideas. President-Elect Ravi is asking you to expand your horizons to Be a Gift to the World. So my friends, our challenge is to make a bigger, stronger, more powerful and youthful Rotary, increase our support of The Rotary Foundation, promote our organisation to the world, publicise our good work and create the awareness that will grow into a greater interest in Rotary. As you continue to Light up Rotary and bring relief to those in need, as you shine the beacon of hope on the darkness of other people’s lives, I applaud you for your commitment to Be a Gift to the World.
  12. 12. 12 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 “We in Rotary aspire to great deeds. We look up to the towering figures of history who gave such great gifts to humanity.”
  13. 13. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 13 people RAVI RAVINDRAN Our first Sri Lankan president insists he is perfectly ordinary. You decide. KR Ravindran insists you call him Ravi immediately after you’ve been introduced. He has bearing: he is tall, with excellent posture, and he has the off-handed self-assurance of someone who is impressively accomplished. His disarming features are his restless curiosity and profound modesty. Ravindran is CEO and founder of Printcare PLC, Sri Lanka’s largest printing and packing company. It is publicly listed and has won many national and international awards for excellence. It provides design-to-delivery printing, packing and digital media solutions, and is the No 1 producer of tea bag tags and sachets in the world. Ravindran insists that his company maintains a focus on environmental sustainability, social responsibility, community engagement and high ethical standards. A member of the Rotary Club of Colombo (D3220) since 1974, Ravindran has served as RI treasurer, director and Foundation trustee, as well as in many other offices. When he was his country’s PolioPlus committee chair, he headed a task force that negotiated a cease-fire with northern militants during National Immunisation Days. Ravindran also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, which rebuilt 25 tsunami- devastated schools, benefiting 15 000 children. He also serves on the boards of several other companies and charitable trusts. Editor in Chief of The Rotarian, John Rezek, reports: “When I first met with him, he decided to ask me questions about the magazine instead of answering mine. It’s a safe bet that he is the best- dressed person in any room. He gets extra credit for his highly polished monk-strap shoes. He is a man of many parts, all of which are put together with precision and thoughtfulness.” You’re successful in business. Rotary isn’t a business, but it sometimes behaves like one. What have you learned in business that you would like to apply to Rotary and how do you plan to do it? Success is a relative term. Albert Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” It’s more important that I am known as a man of value. But to answer you, Rotary is not a business. That’s clear. But there is no reason it cannot be managed along the lines of a business. In business we are beholden to our shareholders. In Rotary we are accountable to the Rotarians who trusted us and placed us in a position of responsibility. Every investment we make in time and resources must have a return. Every expenditure must be justifiable. The goals we set for ourselves should be transparent and measurable, and the leaders at every level must be accountable for their performance. Some people believe we are products of the place where we grew up. Do you think that’s true? Without question, when it comes to developing your character, I doubt whether any institution can compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence on the development of a personality. It is true for me. I am thankful to Rotary for reinforcing the values my parents taught me. Today I can proudly proclaim that I am what I am in my life because I was moulded by Rotary. I can personally vouch for the ability of our organisation to blend commerce with cause, friendship with service, and know first hand that each of us is lifted even as we lift others. How would you describe Sri Lanka to a blind person? What other senses would take over? As our tourist literature would say, Sri Lanka is a resplendent island in the Indian Ocean and a leading tourist destination. But Sri Lanka’s secret lies with its people. The spice-addicted, cricket- crazy and tea-drinking people of Sri Lanka are famed for big smiles and bigger hearts and a culture enriched by 3 000 years of knowledge. It’s an island country of endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people and oodles of elephants, schools of blue whales, a killer surf, famous tea, flavourful food and good value for money, with, most importantly, great, friendly people.
  14. 14. 14 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 What first drew you to Rotary and what prompted you to take higher and higher leadership roles? Do you assume a leadership position in everything you’re involved with? Sometimes life takes you on a path that almost seems predestined. I joined Rotary for the fun and fellowship it offered, without any idea of taking on responsibility. In fact, if I had been told that I would have to take up leadership positions, I may not have joined at all. Over the years, in spite of being involved in some history-making projects, my best Rotary moments have been sitting with friends from diverse cultures and countries and laughing and talking half the night away. One does not go in search of leadership positions, but I think if you are a good follower, then leadership comes around to you in a most natural manner. What are the three most important rules of leadership? First, honesty and integrity. If there is no trust between leader and follower, then all is lost. Integrity goes hand in hand with honesty and is an essential trait in an effective and trustworthy leader. Don’t stray from your beliefs just to get ahead in your company. By remaining true to your principles in any situation, your team knows it can depend on you. Keep communication open, honest and genuine at all levels of the organisation. Second, management. A good leader must know every aspect of his organisation or surround himself with people with knowledge who, in fact, are better than he is. You must be able to gain the respect of your stakeholders – both internal and external. Management must demand high ethical business standards and practices at all levels of an organisation. Third, transparency, which is a reflection of your character. If you do not know something, admit it and then do your best to find out the answer. Make your feelings and the reasons for your decisions known so people understand your reasoning. Then, they will be more likely to come along for the ride. Watch, listen and acknowledge the work and opinions of others. Base your management style on cooperation, ethical behaviour, respect for diversity and commitment to the success of the organisation you serve. What does a person in your position never do? Don’t speak from the lectern what you don’t practice yourself. Only politicians do that. What character trait do you think every Rotarian should have? Is it inherent or learned? Do you find it is in short supply? Character is moulded by environment. There are many members in Rotary who you would have thought should not be in Rotary when they joined and yet we believe that these people will be influenced by their colleagues to become productive members. A well-functioning Rotary club has a way of changing the character of its members. I was one of those who joined Rotary for fun and after 40 years, I still have a lot of fun. But fun alone could not have kept me in Rotary all these years. It was a sense of achievement and the ability to leverage your own meagre resources with others’ and reach out to thousands, even millions, which kept me in Rotary. What will be your focus during your term? What do you hope to accomplish? I am an average individual and an ordinary person, who has no plans to leave statues behind. Yet, as someone said, “It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.” I hope I can be one of those people. I will focus on improving everything around me a little bit so that I leave the organization just a little bit better than I found it. I will try to make appointments based on merit and without bias. I will look to drive operating costs down, knowing full well that I can never achieve that unless I win the complete cooperation of our capable staff. I will look to add value to the individual Rotarian’s membership. Is there such a thing as a bad Rotarian? Have you met one in the wild? Rotary is a microcosm of society. What you find in society, you will find in Rotary. What you consider bad in society is also bad in Rotary. Each Rotarian does not come with godly habits and qualities. A Rotarian who qualifies as being bad can be good at another time. And a Rotarian considered good can be considered bad at another time. But so often we have seen transformations for the better take place once an individual absorbs the qualities of Rotary. Have you ever encountered a situation you couldn’t fix? What did you do? Yes, many times. You just move on and not let that one setback depress you or take your spirit away.
  15. 15. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 15 Your legacy will be written on lives - please consider the Salvation Army www.salvationarmy.org.za Name Rotary’s most existential challenges. Of course, eradicating polio is our No 1 goal and every member needs to keep his eyes focused on that. We also know that our membership languishes in areas where it should be growing. We have the technology at our headquarters to help us communicate better. But it falters because it is not being properly exploited by many of our clubs. We know that our Rotary brand must be made to shine more brightly and speak more loudly, especially to those outside our organisation. Is sustainability a goal in itself, or a natural by-product of a well thought out plan? Sustainability is an endurance of systems and processes. If you increase membership one year using some method that temporarily bolsters growth only to falter the next year, then that is not a sustainable process. The organising principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics, and culture. As far as Rotary is concerned, in recent times, especially through The Rotary Foundation, we have been espousing the cause of doing sustainable projects. We have also had debates about what we define as sustainable. Such differing opinions about sustainability are bound to arise and in time will settle down as our freshly minted programmes under the new grant model begin to mature. One of the challenges of the polio eradication campaign in Sri Lanka was that the northern part of the country was an active conflict zone. You were a crucial factor in negotiating recognition of children as zones of peace and therefore provoking a cease-fire to allow for vaccinations. We suspect you might be modest about your role, but please describe dealing with people who mean to do you harm. Do you think this experience could apply to Pakistan? The difference between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is the literacy levels. In Sri Lanka, the government forces were literate and thus knew that vaccinating children against polio was a good thing. The rebels were literate enough to know that their own progeny needed to be protected. The government members were literate enough to know that vaccinating children took precedence against temporary gains of war. In this scenario, all that was needed was an honest broker and Rotary became one. The situation in Pakistan is different because the Taliban are illiterate in the main and allow their anti-American sentiments to take precedence over the welfare of their future generations. That’s a pity and that’s where the problem lies, although our Rotarians there, headed by Aziz Memon, are playing a heroic role. As for my role in Sri Lanka, I’d rather not talk about that except to say that it was a small one. Tell us how you came up with your theme, Be a Gift to the World. Did you pick out your theme tie by yourself or did you seek help from those closest to you? It definitely was not a solo effort. My wife was fully involved and so were some close friends, as well as my family. I don’t have the brains to come up with a great theme like this by myself! But just think about it. We in Rotary aspire to great deeds. We look up to and admire the towering figures of history, who gave such great gifts to humanity. Abraham Lincoln, who gave the gift of human dignity to so many. Mother Teresa, who gave the gift of compassion to the forgotten. Mahatma Gandhi, who gave the gift of peaceful change to the oppressed. All of them gave their lives to others – and their very lives became gifts to the world. Cannot we in Rotary be, in our own way, a small gift to the world? What are the unexpected benefits of being tall and well-dressed? Are you referring to me? At six feet one inch, I guess I am tall. Well-dressed – not too sure. I’m not certain there are any benefits, but I am well aware of the challenges of squeezing into
  16. 16. 16 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 airplane seats. During your presidency, what won’t you have time for? I won’t have time for my granddaughter, who was born last 22 October and with whom I would dearly love to spend much more time. We all live together in one house and I yearn for when I can go back to spend time with the child. I am looking forward to when, as a little toddler, she makes her way to my study at home, where I spend a lot of time. What do you read and in what languages? Is there a book you re-read regularly? I keep up with the business magazines – the Economist is a magazine I enjoy reading. I read mostly in English. My wife, Vanathy, is strong in our own tongue. There are two books I re- read. The first one is Stephen Covey’s best-seller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the other is a book by Gurcharan Das called The Difficulty of Being Good. Das, an alumnus of Harvard and a former CEO of Procter & Gamble in India, bases his book on the Hindu epic Mahabharata and the subtle art of dharma or behaviour, or dealing with real- life situations of acting in an ethical manner. I have given up reading fiction. What do you want your legacy to be? Which presidents do you think left a lasting mark on Rotary? I don’t plan to leave a legacy. I am a very ordinary individual. Many presidents in Rotary have left a lasting impression on the organisation. Of the presidents I know, Clem Renouf and the late Carlos Canseco have left indelible impressions on Rotary.
  17. 17. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 17 An officer, a gentleman... a RotarianLAWRIE SHUTTLEWORTH On 18 November 2014, the Rotary Club of Kimberley (D9370) held a 100th birthday lunch for Past President Lawrie Shuttleworth. Family and friends arrived in Kimberley for the occasion, not only from around South Africa, but also from Canada and the USA. Lawrence Hamilton Gordon Shuttleworth was born on 18 November 1914 in Grahamstown. He was educated at Graeme College and in 1935, completed his BCom degree at Rhodes University. In September 1939, Lawrie, who was already a qualified pilot, joined No 12 Squadron. By the end of World War II, he was married to Claudia Harcourt Baldwin. During the war he flew numerous types of aircraft, including bombers, was shot down more than once, had been injured (fortunately not seriously), was mentioned in despatches and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Lawrie received the Distinguished Flying Cross. On 4 May 1952, Lawrie (by then a chartered accountant) was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Kimberley. When the Kimberley City Council moved to demolish the Beaconsfield Town Hall, Lawrie became chairman of the Beaconsfield Civic Union, petitioning the then mayor, councillor Lionel Jawno, to renovate the town hall, a public amenity of great historic interest. Sadly, the city council ordered that it be demolished. In 1955, with Rotary International preparing for its golden jubilee, the
  18. 18. 18 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 club looked for a special project to mark this significant milestone. The then club president, Dr Dan Stephens, suggested they build a convalescent home for Kimberley. The club accepted the challenge and a fundraising committee was formed and chaired by retired magistrate Fred Staples. The project took rather longer than expected and was finally completed in 1959, the year that Lawrie became president of the club. As RI had become concerned with introducing the younger generation to  Rotary’s ideals, the Kimberley club sponsored the formation of a Rotors Club which was open to young business people. Rotors was the South African forerunner of RI’s Rotaract and Interact clubs. Lawrie was appointed president of the Rotors club and tasked with the supervision of its public service activities. Lawrie’s interest in public affairs led to his election to the city council in 1968. Two years later, it looked as if history was repeating itself, when the city council resolved to demolish the Kimberley City Hall. Lawrie was almost alone in opposing the motion and a battle that was to last for five years ensued. Thanks to Lawrie’s intervention and determination, this historic building was not only saved, but was also beautifully restored and survives to this day. In 1972, he became Mayor of Kimberley and among other things, motivated and subsequently had the honour of conferring the Freedom of Claudia and Lawrie were married in 1940 and in 1972, the two became mayor and mayoress of Kimberley.
  19. 19. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 19 the City on Harry Oppenheimer whose De Beers company had generously supported the restoration of the City Hall.  Other projects with which Lawrie had been involved were the memorial to the pioneer column that journeyed by ox wagon to Fort Cecil, the introduction of an electric tram service between the City Hall and the Big Hole, the establishment of the Pioneers of Aviation memorial complex at Alexandersfontein and the building of the tower of the St Cyprian’s Cathedral. While not all of these  were Rotary projects, they provide an insight into Lawrie’s commitment to and involvement in civic and community affairs. In October 1979 Lawrie represented both Rotary and the city council on a committee to accept from De Beers a complex of buildings, formerly a mine compound, which was to become a youth hostel. He was appointed chairman of the committee and has occupied that position ever since. The youth hostel has expanded into what is now Gum Tree Lodge, with 200 beds and a restaurant. Located on the outskirts of Kimberley, it provides low cost accommodation for many thousands of visitors to Kimberley every year. Without doubt the success of Gum Tree Lodge is largely due to Lawrie’s passion for the project. To this day he continues to oversee and guide the establishment on a daily basis. In January 1988, the club recognised Lawrie as a Paul Harris Fellow in acknowledgement of his services not only to Rotary, but to the community as a whole. Today, at the age of 100 and after 62 years of unbroken service to Rotary, Lawrie continues to attend most Rotary meetings – the few he misses are due to other commitments which preclude his attendance.
  20. 20. 20 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 Past President Des Hyland of the Rotary Club of Bellville (D9350) celebrated his 90th birthday in December and in January, the club decided to dedicate a special event to honour a great Rotarian and friend at Oude Westhof. The event was well attended by current and past Rotarians, friends, District Governor Cecil Rose and Assistant Governor Charmaine Sobotker. Des was an active Rotarian and the charter president of the Rotary Club of Ficksburg (D9370) which was established in 1970. When he and Nora relocated to Bellville in 1992, he joined the Bellville club and held a number of positions on the board of the club and served as secretary. In 1992, the Ficksburg club recognised Des as a Paul Harris Fellow and in 2002, the Bellville club presented him with a Sapphire Pin. In 2004, Des received a special award from the district which recognised his 25 years of Rotary service. Des has excelled in many varied walks of life. In Ficksburg, where he grew up, he was a successful businessman, serving for 13 years as a town councillor. In 1973 he was elected mayor. He also served on school commissions and was the driving force behind the establishment of an old age home. Always a keen sportsman and a talented polo player, Des served on the executive of the Free State and Lesotho Polo Association and captained the Eastern Free State rugby team. Des is well known nationally and internationally in philatelic circles (the study of stamps, postal history and other related items). In 1991 he was awarded the State President’s Trophy and in 1996 served as the national president of the Philatelic Federation. Des served as the charter president of the Durbanville Men’s Probus Club which was started by the Bellville club in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Durbanville (D9350) in 1994. The Rotary Club of Bellville has been fortunate to benefit from Des’ experience and friendship and decided to make him a honorary member in 2009. Des Hyland receives a recognition certificate from District Governor Cecil Rose. 90th birthday celebration
  21. 21. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 21 projects Throughout the course of a year, the landlocked country of Malawi is regularly hit by floods and droughts, but this year’s deluge is said to be the worst in 40 years as a month’s worth of rain fell in just a day. Initial reports suggested that more than 230 000 people had to leave their homes as a result of the cyclonic deluge. First response The President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, declared a third of the country a disaster zone and appealed for urgent foreign aid. The Licungo and Zambezi rivers were flowing so rapidly that it was impossible to reach many displaced communities, even by boat. Many are thought to have drowned in the Shire river. Helicopters were deployed, but continuing bad weather frustrated initial attempts to help families trapped without shelter or possessions. A response team from ShelterBox, Sallie Buck and Johnny O’Shea (UK), arrived in Malawi Worst floods in 40 yearsand joined in-country colleagues who had been assessing needs and potential transport routes. The response team immediately began to assess how ShelterBox could best help as reports now suggested that more than 638 000 people had been affected. While the team gathered information, the operations team in Helston, Cornwall, was monitoring flooding concerns across Zimbabwe and the island states of Madagascar and Mauritius, as meteorologists predicted no let up in the heavy rains caused by the widespread weather system. As some people were reluctant to leave their submerged farms, local officials had encouraged them to relocate to camps on safer, higher ground. Still more were sheltering in school classrooms without light, warmth or proper sanitation. In Chilobwe township, massive boulders had washed down from the hills smashing even the brick-built houses and there were reports that 25 school children were washed away by floodwater.
  22. 22. 22 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 Apart from providing emergency shelter, another priority for the Malawian government will be disease control and sanitation, with fears of malaria, cholera and diarrhoea. The country’s Vice-President, Saulos Chilima, made a plea for helicopters and boats, as well as tents and food. The response team began looking at the need for shelter in several southern districts of the country, including Chikwawa, where the scale of the damage was only starting to emerge. When the team arrived in the village of Khungbwe, which had been inaccessible by road, it found 2 700 people housed in an emergency centre that only had two rudimentary latrines. The people came from six villages about six kilometres away, which were washed away by flash floods. Whilst they escaped, 24 friends and family members were reported missing. The team found that many of the people staying in the emergency camp were too scared to return to their villages in case the flooding happened again, but the situation at the camp was not much better as there was little food or clean water and malaria was rife. In Mchenga, 1 679 people, including 92 pregnant women and 175 children under the age of five, sought refuge in a school. There was little shelter from the scorching heat and there was only one unreliable bore hole for drinking water. The third village the team visited was Konzere, where they heard how people climbed onto the roofs of their houses to escape the rising floods. When the waters got too high, they were forced to climb into the trees and cling on as they watched their homes slide away. Some people waited for three days without food or water before they were Lois Losacco, a member of the Rotary Club of Limbe, hands a care package to a flood victim in Miditsi. Photo: Joshua Orphan and Community Care. Below: The club partnered with volunteers from Joshua Orphan and Community Care as well as community leaders to distribute aid packages to the flood victims in Miditsi.
  23. 23. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 23 Madagascar is an island of diverse landscapes of highlands, desert-like plains, rainforests and sandy beaches and often falls victim to natural disasters such as storms, cyclones, flood, drought and locust infestations. Of these environmental disasters, cyclones and floods have proved to be the most threatening. Following Tropical Storm Chedza, a team of ShelterBox response volunteers, comprising Mark Boeck and Harry Roberts (UK), was sent to Madagascar to assess the flood damage and the need for shelter. The storm, which followed weeks of bad weather and heavy rains, reportedly left more than 45 000 people homeless and affected more than 134 000 people and their crops. As ShelterBox already had supplies in Madagascar, the team worked with the Madagascan National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (known by the French acronym BNGRC) to contribute to its response. In total, 40 ShelterBox tents were distributed in the western region of Menabe and 90 tents were distributed in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo. rescued. Distribution ShelterBox began to distribute specialist ShelterBoxes – which contain a family tent and equipment to provide warmth, light, cooking and clean water – in Malawi. Shelter Repair Kits and tarpaulins were included in the consignments. Initial delivery was to camps in the worst affected southern districts of Chikwawa, Phalombe and Zomba. ShelterBox boosted its team in Malawi ahead of distribution and partnered with other agencies to reach areas of greatest need quickly. A total of 1 000 ShelterBoxes, 650 shelter kits and 500 tarpaulins were sent to Malawi. Rotarian response Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Limbe (D9210) rose to the occasion and provided nearly MWK3 million worth of humanitarian aid to the flood victims. During a lunch meeting, the Limbe club tabled countless pleas for aid it had received from communities affected by the heavy rains and severe winds. The club approved a MWK1 000 donation for the Rotaract Club of Blantyre to storm pummels island help 179 families affected in Mtenje. A donation of MWK1 million was made to Médecins Sans Frontières, 65 Shelterboxes were sent to Nkhudzi Bay, equipment worth MWK450  000 was given to Joshua Orphan and Community Care and MWK350  000 to Chiata Orphanage. Canadian Rotarians and members of the Rotary Club of Ayr (D1230, Scotland) added to the club’s donations. One of the pleas came from Miditsi, a small community south of Blantyre. In 2012, Miditsi was brought to the club’s attention by Joshua Orphan and Community Care and the club built a bridge over the Milo River to connect two communities in 2013. The recent flooding destroyed much of the community and thanks to contributions from the club’s corporate sponsors, Mapeto Wholesalers, Arkay Plastics, Rice Milling, General TinSmiths and EJ Polymers, 80 vulnerable and high risk people received blankets, plastic sheeting, rice, salt and cups. The aid provided to Miditsi was coordinated by the Limbe club, Joshua volunteers and Chief Pensulo. “I hope this small effort will motivate others to care and share in their own way,” said Rotarian Csaba Szeremley.
  24. 24. 24 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 The small town of Port St Johns is home to the Satellite Club of the Rotary Club of Mthatha (D9370). Port St Johns was once part of the homeland state of the Transkei and was reincorporated into South Africa after the 1994 elections. This once beautiful small town is surrounded by rolling hills and spectacular landscapes. Alas, the town has slid into a state of disrepair and despair but the newly inducted Rotarians are hoping to turn this around. Chairman Neil Clayton has a long association with Rotary and after moving back to Port St Johns a few years ago, he decided that a Rotary club, with its community involvement, would help to revitalise the town. The club has 11 committed members among whom are business owners, doctors, medical professionals, a pharmacist, teachers and youth leaders from Mthumbane village. The first community project that the club became involved in was the Amapondo Children’s Project (ACP). Established in 2001, the ACP has looked after the children of Mthumbane Pre- School and Port St Johns Child Care Centre (also known as Eluxolweni). The Khulani Craft project, where local women learn sewing skills and make items for sale, also forms part of the ACP. The ACP has received funding from abroad, from private funders or as part of its volunteer programme, but the funding doesn’t stretch far enough to sustain and grow the organisation. Rebekka Squire, a certified psychologist from the United Kingdom, first arrived in Port St Johns in early 2014 as an ACP volunteer and has returned on a one-year contract as the ACP’s project manager. Through her efforts, the project has raised additional significant funding which has helped the children from Mthumbane Crèche receive better facilities. Currently, a new classroom and flushing toilets are being built. The other project that the newly-formed club has been involved with is the refurbishment of the tennis court at the sports field in the centre of town. The court fell in to ruins and had not been used for many years. This was great pity for the area’s youth as in the past Drew Wong, a regular visitor to Port St Johns, had arranged donations of tennis equipment and had mentored them, producing some very talented players. new beginningsby Kathy Costello One of the first things the club did was become involved in a local children’s project.
  25. 25. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 25 For cost and booking information contact the booking ofce at 031 701 2854 or visit www.rotaryrally.co.za Don’t miss out on this fantastic event You are invited to take part in this national event that will allow District to continue to fund the many local community projects Rotary is involved in. All proceeds from this event will be used exclusively for local projects. (see the website for details of these projects) Starting in your home town, teams will each receive their own unique route. Along the way you will interact with other clubs and complete fun tasks before receiving your next clue and moving on to your next destination. An average of 4/6 stops along the way with the final overnight stop at an awesome secret location (accommodation included on a shared basis). Here you will join all the other teams and enjoy a wonderful Gala dinner, fabulous entertainment, a chance to interact with the other teams and share war stories from the event. Breakfast the next morning is also included. Rotary Rally Ter amuo TY odre at yn !E 9 M ay 2015 The Amazing
  26. 26. 26 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 Company Notice Rotary in Africa Reg. No.1971/004840/07 Notice to Members* Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Rotary in Africa will be held at the company offices situated at 2 Prische House, 14 Church Road, Westville 3630, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On Friday 15th May 2015, at 09h00. AGENDA. 1. Meeting formalities. 2. Confirmation of the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 23rd May 2014. 3. Chairman’s report. 4. Editor’s report. 5. Treasurer’s report and submission of the annual financial accounts for the period ending 31st December 2014. 6. Appointment of auditors. 7. Election of up to 3 directors to serve on the Board. In terms of the company’s Articles of Association the following directors are due to retire from the Board, PDG Gerald Sieberhagen, PDG Richard Tolken and PDG Peter Dupen. Being eligible, PDG Gerald Sieberhagen will be available for election together with any other nominations received by close of business 8 May 2014. 8. To consider or transact any other business pertinent to an Annual General Meeting. *All current, immediate incoming and past Governors of Rotary Districts 9200, 9210, 9211, 9212, 9220, 9250, 9270, 9300, 9320, 9350, 9370 and 9400 are ex officio members of Rotary in Africa. A member may appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf, provided such appointment is advised to the Secretary at the offices of the company at least 48 hours before the meeting. Peter Dupen. Secretary. Promoting Rotary and your club? Contact Sharon to buy back-issues of Rotary Africa, at a reduced rate, for your project promotions. Email: rotaryafrica@mweb.co.za
  27. 27. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 27 The bicycle project is a long-term commitment of the Rotary Club of Empangeni (D9370) which donates second-hand bicycles to worthy and needy recipients. The project is coordinated by PP Fulvio Pace and the bicycles are collected by Frank Finneran and the B4H (Bicycle 4 Humanity) team in Seattle, USA. Once the bicycles are collected, they are packed into 12 metre shipping containers and sent to the Rotary Club of Empangeni. Fulvio trained Skhumbuso Mthembu as a bicycle technician. Skhumbuso re-assembles the bicycles, makes sure the tyres are inflated and that the brakes work. Bicycles have been given to many worthy causes and used as prizes for rural children who win the Rhino Art competitions. The bicycle project is not widely advertised because if it was, the club would not be able to keep up with the demand. Fulvio Pace shares a special lesson he learned from a recipient, only known as Mr Ntombela. “Today I met Mr Ntombela. He was given a lift all the way from Ulundi by Mr Skhozana who came into my workplace to have a bicycle repaired. As Skhumbuso had not yet arrived for work, I agreed to have a look. “The old single-speed  bicycle, with a back pedal brake, had been stolen but was found and returned to him. The bicycle was beyond repair. At first I thought Mr Skhosana was its owner. However he said it was Mr Ntombela’s and he was waiting in the truck for him. “It took a while for Mr Ntombela to climb out of the truck and he shuffled towards me while holding on to the side of the truck. On seeing the look on my face, Mr Skhosana explained that although Mr Ntombela could not walk very well, he could ride a bicycle. It turns out that Mr Ntombela is 81 years old. “My first thought  was, “if he can ride in his condition and at his age,  I must help.” I had a walker aid left from a previous donation and I showed him how to use it to aid his walking and how he could sit on it when he was tired. He did not show much interest and kept enquiring about his bicycle. By then, Skhumbuso had arrived and without hesitation found the right size bicycle for Mr Ntombela. It took a while for him to understand these were gifts and he would not have to pay for them. The look of appreciation he gave me through his rheumy eyes brought tears to mine. He must have sensed my scepticism about his ability to ride as he promptly offered to try the bicycle out for size. “Very slowly, he laid the bicycle down and gently stepped over it with one foot. He slowly picked it up and positioned himself for take-off but was hindered by a very helpful Mr Skhosana who kept on holding the saddle. After been told not to hold him back, Mr Skhosana let go and Mr Ntombela shot off at a sprightly pace. “We taught him to use the lever brakes and gears, then loaded the walker and the old and the new bicycle onto the truck and bade him farewell. “Mr Ntombela taught me a lesson on the strength of the human spirit. What a way to start the year! I am not sure he will use the bicycle much, but what is more important is the fact that he can if he wants to. He went home a happy man and that is what counts!” bicycles for africa Mr Ntombela and Skhumbuso Mthembu try out the new bicycle.
  28. 28. 28 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 One of the most successful and satisfying projects of the Rotary Club of Knysna (D9350) is the annual Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) week which has been held every November since 2003. Conceived by well-known ENT specialist Dr Martin Young and facilitated by retired physician and Rotarian Dr Ian Huskisson, the week brings together young trainees from Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, anaesthetists and staff from the provincial hospital in Knysna and, at times, the Life Knysna Private Hospital. The local hospitals provide theatre time and auxiliary services while specialists give their time and expertise free of charge. During the last ENT week, some 30 procedures were performed. The patients were primarily from disadvantaged communities and the operations assisted in reducing the backlog, which had accumulated over the last 12 months. One of the interesting medical aspects of the week was that coblation technology for tonsillectomy was offered for the first time in the provincial sector. It’s usually thought of as ‘too expensive’ for state medicine and doctors in state practice are not taught the technique. The ENT visitors were taught the technique, thanks to sponsorship from Smith and Nephew. Another highlight was the loan of a LEICA operating microscope by Tecmed, personally delivered by Hedley Isserow. Another medical sponsor was Karl Storz South Africa and was represented by Charles Dippenaar. The CEO of Karl Storz GmbH & Co.KG, Germany, Dr Sybil Storz, has donated a variety of ENT instruments and other medical equipment to Knysna Provincial Hospital and Groote Schuur and, in 2009, was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Knysna. During an ENT week three years ago, the use of an endoscope to perform middle ear surgery was practised for the first time in the state sector in South Africa. Its use is now commonplace in training institutions like Groote Schuur Hospital. During the day, the Knysna Rotary Anns made sure that there was a good supply of warm and cold beverages for the volunteers and delivered food platters for lunches and teas. Dr Eve Samson performs middle ear surgery. 12 insightful years
  29. 29. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 29 In 2001, after hearing how the children at a crèche in Osisweni were eating wet newspaper as they had no food, three dedicated women, Margaret Guild, Irene Sydenham and the late Fran Hyde, formed a feeding scheme. Once they had established themselves at the crèche, they began to provide food to two other schools - Amajuba and Tugela High School. Amajuba High was given everything from meat, vegetables, fruit and items to make puddings as they gave the children a full meal each day. Tugela High received sandwich fillings as it had a daily donation of bread from a nearby bakery. Currently, Margaret and Irene also provide food to Peter Pan Crèche and Pre-Primary as well as Chelmsford Combined School. These schools receive sandwich fillings and fresh fruit. Mealie meal, sugar and fresh fruit are given to Hertzog Pre-Primary and Crèche as well. Thanks to their efforts, as many as 350 children are fed. Margaret and Irene spend up to R3 500 a month feeding children and several sponsors make monthly monetary donations. They also run the Majuba Market where stallholders are charged R50 to sell their wares. Margaret has been involved in a social evening twice a month where funds are raised through bingo and raffles. Both the Scottish and English Masonic Lodges are also strong supporters of the scheme and the Rotary Club of Newcastle- Majuba (D9370) recently decided to support the scheme with a donation of R1 000 a month for the next twelve months. Feed the little children Usborne Illustrated Dictionary • Perfect for children 8 years+ • Includes over 1,000 colour illustrations • R750 per box of 10 dictionaries rotary club of kromboom Contact: admin@dictionariesforafrica.com order noworder now Supported by www.dictionariesforafrica.com
  30. 30. 30 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 It was all about the mud on the first day of the third annual Rotary Club of Knysna (D9350) SPLASH Festival as participants raced through the Mud Run obstacle course which ended with a hose down by the Knysna Fire Brigade. The three-day event provided spectators and participants with lots of fun and excitement as the club raised funds for its projects and promoted Rotary’s contribution to the community. Day two saw the Lagoon Mile swim being held in the Knysna Quays. This event has grown in popularity with numerous swimmers returning annually to compete. The winner of the Lagoon Mile was Liam Fourie who completed the distance in 18:48 minutes. The Quack Attack race saw hundreds of numbered plastic yellow ducks being released in the Knysna Quays. Each duck is sold for R20 and this has become a profitable fundraiser as the ‘owners’ cheer their bobbing birdies towards the finish line. The festival closed with the dragon boat races which were well supported by local teams and many spectators. A total of 16 teams competed in the races. The final race of the competitive event was fiercely contested by Knysna Canoe Club and Knysna Canoe Polo. Although the fastest time of the day was set by Knysna Canoe Polo in the semi finals (33:43 sec), they were pipped at the post in the final heat and lost to Knysna Canoe Club (35:26 sec). Eight spot prizes were awarded during the event. The two team prizes were won by Knysna Pipe Band for best team cohesion as well as best preparation and dress. This year, SPLASH featured prominently in the media and was included in Knysna Tourism’s online column What’s On #Knysna. Organisations, businesses and individuals enthusiastically supported the club with services, media coverage, financial donations, sponsorship, permits and advice. Thanks to Knynsa Tourism, holiday makers were welcomed to the town by large posters at its entrance. SPLISH, SPLASH, WE NEED A BATH
  31. 31. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 31 The Rotary Club of Benoni Aurora (D9400) built a kitchen for Thembelakubaba Crèche. It was started in 2007 by Norah Moriri and her team in Mogoba on the East Rand and cares for babies who are a few weeks old and children up to six years of age. Norah Moriri also founded Norah’s Educare and Norah’s Drop-in Centre. The original facility operated out of a tin shelter and was assisted by a group of ladies from the Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni. Heather Griffin and Mary Zanker remain involved with the crèche. In 2008, the Rotary Club of Benoni Aurora became involved with Thembelakubaba and donated food parcels from its monthly food collection. The first monetary donation was made in 2009 from funds raised by the parents and children of The School of Arcivescovile in Trento, Italy. These funds were used to build the first classroom at the original site of Thembelakubaba. The facilities moved to an area which had running water and other amenities in 2010. Fortunately, a further donation was received from The School of Arcivescovile in Trento. EzeHut Products assisted with a special price for the relocation of the original classroom. The donation also provided for a smaller classroom to be built. The facility received a donation of trees from the Kazimingi Nursery. Another classroom was built in 2011 with funds raised by the Rotary Club of BenoniAurora and the school in Italy.ARotarian donated a truck load of assorted furniture items from his factory. In the last three years, the Rotary Club of Benoni Aurora’s involvement has grown. Some of the many club projects to assist the crèche included the levelling and concreting of the outside courtyard area, a new jungle gym, the planting of more trees, new cupboards, tiles and ceilings, as well as the painting of murals in the classrooms. The club also assisted in completing new toilet and ablution facilities. SAMCA Tiles donated floor tiles and the Multotec Group sponsored the construction of a classroom for the babies. Children from Ashbury School and St Dunstan’s College often collect and deliver food, clothing and toys to Thembelakubaba. During these visits, they enjoy spending time playing with the children. The latest project, the provision of a new roomy and fully equipped kitchen, was recently completed. Allied Catering Equipment and Ventsure assisted by supplying the necessary equipment for the kitchen. At the official handover, District GovernorAnnie Steijn presented vocational certificates from the Benoni Aurora club to Makgoba Albert Kgopa (Ward 25 councillor), DGA Elaine Stathacopoulos and Norah Moriri, before joining President Denis Brandjes to unveil the commemorative plaque and officially open the kitchen. DGA Elaine Stathacopoulos and DG Annie Steijn with some of the children at the official opening of the new kitchen. LONG TERM SUPPORT
  32. 32. 32 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 In 1987, Mitzvah School opened its doors as a one year crisis class. It began as a safe space for students from Alexandra to study and write their final school examinations. The political climate in South Africa at that time was volatile, as the country was still under the draconian laws of apartheid. The Liberation Before Education movement resulted in disrupted classes and exams, often preventing those who wished to complete their education from doing so. These youngsters wanted to obtain their matric as they felt it would help them shape the future. The Mitzvah School provided 25 teenagers with a safe space to study. It has been housed on the property of Bet David Synagogue in Morningside Sandton since inception and operated as an ‘illegal school’ in the 80s. In the mornings, the learners were fetched from Alexandra by the teachers and returned home in the late afternoon. They were recorded as attending Alexandra High School, but two years later Mitzvah School was registered as a school and examination centre. It is a registered non-profit organisation, learners are asked to pay a small monthly fee if they are able to, but most of the funding comes from corporates and individuals who believe in what the school is achieving. Many of the learners have to contend with extremely difficult home circumstances, with several being orphans or wards of court. There are also those who live on their own in shacks and have to fend for themselves. The school caters for matric only and has attained a 100 percent pass rate for the last nine years. The Rotary Club of Randburg (D9400) is one of many organisations which helps the school. It provides stationery at the start of the school year and exam packs before the start of the year-end examinations. YES, WE CAN! President Andrew Robinson and some of the learners take a break after unloading stationery. PP Chris Thompson, District Youth Officer, watches as learners examine the donation.
  33. 33. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 33 Thanks to the Rotary Club of Pietersburg 100 (D9400), the Centre for Student Counselling and Development’s (CSCD), school outreach programme at the University of Limpopo was able to purchase the assessment supplies it needed to assist an additional 500 Grade 9 learners with career guidance. The club gave the centre R5 000 to achieve this. The staffing component of the CSCD consists of seven registered psychologists, a junior counsellor, 40 peer counsellors and 10 interns. They are divided into teams, comprising a psychologist, 10 peer counsellors and two interns, which visit selected schools. During 2014, CSCD visited 14 schools in rural Limpopo. Grade 9 learners complete the Self Discovery Survey (SDS). The SDS is a guide to educational and career planning and is based on extensive research on how people choose careers. The SDS is the most widely used career interest inventory in the world. After completion of the survey the learners are assisted in scoring the questionnaire and with the interpretation of their profiles. From there, they are shown how to align their profiles to subject choices and possible career fields. The outreach project focuses on group career guidance and is not as comprehensive as an individual career guidance intervention. The value of the project is that it affords learners an opportunity to be exposed to a basic career guidance process. During a school visit, a workshop which includes topics like study skills, time management and motivation, is also presented to the Grade 12 learners. WANT YOUR CLUB NEWS PUBLISHED IN ROTARYAFRICA? Contact Sharon at rotaryafrica@mweb.co.za Send us your stories and pictures. Photos must be at least 1mb in size. Granting guidance Thousands of teens receive career guidance thanks to an outreach programme run by the University of Limpopo. Learners are assessed to determine the profession they are best suited for and receive counselling on how to achieve these goals. A recent donation by the Rotary Club of Pietersburg 100 enabled the programme to reach even more teens.
  34. 34. 34 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 In January, the Rotary Club of Three Rivers (D9400) was joined by partners, donors, recipients and friends to celebrate life in a wonderful country full of diversity and colour. Guests arrived wearing traditional clothing and were served a great ‘South African Fruit Salad’ which contained 11 types of fruit to celebrate the 11 official languages. A best traditional costume prize was won by Shirley de Bruijn who wore a Dutch outfit reflecting her ancestry. Toastmasters from three clubs in the Vaal area entertained the guests when they competed in a speech contest. A video, made at the club’s World Diabetes and HIV/AIDS testing day in Boiketlong, was also screened. More than 250 residents were tested and 10 wheelchairs were given to people who needed them. Catering was done by the Manyana ladies from the Vereeniging Central Methodist Church. Certificates of recognition were given to the participants of the club’s training programmes. These included 16 local non-profit organisations, Emfuleni ward coordinators and representatives of the Departments of Social Development and Health. DON’T GET CAUGHT NAPPING! Promote your business, club or district activities in ROTARY AFRICA Contact Rotary Africa at rotaryafrica@mweb.co.za or call 031 267 1848 • Reach out to all our readers in English-speaking Africa • Advertise in ROTARY AFRICA • Distribute leaflets, brochures and newsletters with ROTARY AFRICA • Special rates for Rotary clubs, districts and Rotarian owned/managed business The club presented certificates to those who participated in the training programmes it runs. celebrating culture
  35. 35. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 35 Youth My name is Melanie Mboya. In Grade 8, I joined Interact as a casual extramural activity but soon it became more than that, as the service bug bit me and enjoyment turned to commitment. One of the very first lessons I learnt from Interact was that giving back is fun and very important. As I progressed, I became extremely passionate about service. The idea of service above one’s self - giving more than just the excess which one has, but giving fully of one’s self - was a new concept which I quickly embraced. My local Rotary club, the Rotary Club of Beacon Bay (D9370), had mentored my school’s club and to me, this had become an example of the relationship that all Interactors, Rotaractors and schools should build with their Rotary clubs. In Grade 11, I was part of the Interact committee and one of five Interactors selected to attend a RYLA camp. It was a life-changing experience and the interesting lessons we learned were Bitten by the service bug
  36. 36. 36 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 numerous and ranged from daredevil activities to teambuilding exercises. One of the lessons we took back to our club was that the most important contribution to community service is not your time or money, but rather the unique mark you leave on the lives of those you help. We were inspired by what we had learned and used this inspiration to increase our club membership. I was asked to be a RYLA Leader when I was in Grade 12. Watching and assisting other people experience what I had previously experienced, was phenomenal. I returned home with many more lessons to share with my club, the most important of which was - if you have, give. When you learn, teach and above all, be ever mindful of those less fortunate than you. After the camp, I was afforded the opportunity to share my RYLA experiences at a district meeting. As a young person surrounded by the greater, and older, Rotary community I was very nervous as these were the people which every Interactor should aspire to become. The presentation allowed me to showcase how RYLA, Interact and Rotary had changed my life. Today, I am a student at Rhodes University and am a member of its Rotaract club. The skills, opportunities and life lessons learnt as a young Interactor are what made this possible. Going forward, my goals are to attend an International RYLA, gain more skills to assist my community and club, to remain part of Rotary International and ultimately, to join the Rotary club back home. As a Rotaractor, I continue to grow more and more passionate about people and service-based leadership. My experiences with Rotary have been life altering and my commitment is lifelong. My Rotary journey is an on- going adventure and is continuously encompassed by The Four-Way Test. “It is a dream come true,” said Laticha van Wageningen, the arts and culture head at Knysna Primary School and head of the new music academy there. The Rotary Club of Knysna (D9350) and a number of Rotarians from abroad made her dream come true when they presented van Wageningen with a large quantity of “spectacular instruments that will change the lives of many children in Knysna.” Van Wageningen’s young musicians entertained the club and its international guests at the November in Knysna golfing event. “Music is a language all on its own and to be able to teach this to children opens up a world of respect and creates a place of safety. Music teaches flexibility. It touches the human heart on a very intimate level and it inspires passion,” van Wageningen explained. Van Wageningen shared her dream of establishing the Knysna Music Academy at Knysna Primary School with Rotarian PP Sesel Hartshorne-Möller who invited her to Music school dream realised
  37. 37. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 37 a club meeting to explain her vision. “There I shared my dream and the seed was planted. Sesel approached me to get a band together for the golf tournament and we had two months to rehearse. The learners practised day and night. They were at the academy during school breaks and worked extremely hard.” She was under the impression that the learners were going to play in exchange for a set of marimbas. “Little did we know that the marimbas would be the least of the huge gift bestowed on us!” Sesel Hartshorne-Möller and her spouse Emil Möller donated R30 000 towards the purchase of marimbas for the Knysna Primary School Music Academy. Van Wageningen said what made the gifts extra special was that the foreign Rotarians left little messages in the boxes. “Most of the instruments are of high quality having belonged to Europeans who are now either professional musicians or teachers.” Van Wageningen said this gift created a wave of interest in music at the school. Knysna Primary School has big dreams for the music academy. “We are accredited for the world- renowned Trinity exam. These instruments mean that children, who would never have had the opportunity to learn how to play music, will now get that chance. The instruments will be available during and after school hours to anyone who has a passion for music. “We are teaching them to become entrepreneurs. If you can play an instrument, you will never go hungry. The joy of being able to share something beautiful is a gift in itself. “Rotary really makes dreams come true.” Kariega Main Beach was buzzing with activity as learners from the Interact Club of Ikamvalesizwe Combined School and volunteers from Hobbiton-on-Hogsback enjoyed a two day holiday camp organised and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea (D9370). Hobbiton Director, Josh Paton led the pilot project. After dividing the learners into teams, the Hobbiton volunteers were on hand to help with activities ranging from sandcastle building competitions to abseiling from the Kariega Bridge. As each team completed its tasks, points were awarded  or subtracted based on performance. In a team race from Diaz Club to Middle Beach, via the Kariega slipway, and then back to Kariega Main Beach, team members were not allowed to be further than ten metres from each other. After a picnic lunch on the beach, the learners showed community spirit by picking up litter. Setting off in high spirits from Bushmans River car park, the group hiked to Diaz Cross. With a questionnaire to be completed on the way, they were kept busy scanning the shore and horizons for answers. A highlight of the day was being shown how to dig for fresh water in the dunes. After lunch, the children sandboarded in a stiff easterly wind. In spite of being coated in sand, they were still smiling as they were driven back to Ekuphumleni by Rotarians and the Hobbiton volunteers. camping adventure
  38. 38. 38 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 In January, 20 Interactors from seven high schools in Knysna participated in an enlightening Know Your Town programme. This initiative was started by Rotarian Mendy Weiner of the Rotary Club of Knysna (D9350) some years ago and has continued to grow in popularity since. Several Rotarians and an Ann provided transport between venues. Two very welcome lunch breaks kept everyone well fed and happy. On the first day, the group was welcomed and shown the outpatients, emergency, radiography and pharmacy departments of the Knysna Provincial Hospital by Sister Nthombi Thambekwayo and other members of staff. Next, the group went to the magistrates court. The chief control prosecutor, Herman Steyn, took them to one of the court rooms where different court procedures were explained. A visit to the holding cells and a brief time watching a court case was enough to convince everyone that it is far better to remain on the right side of the law. A brief but interesting visit to the post office was followed by a short visit to the fire station. Dorian Innes gave a quick overview of equipment and procedure and answered many questions. Next up was a visit to the reverse osmosis water treatment plant on George Rex Drive which was unfortunately not in use and less interesting than it could have been. The day ended at the NSRI where the Interactors received some insight from the station commander, Jerome Simonis, into the work done by a small group of dedicated volunteers who assist and rescue people. The second day started at Absa Bank before a visit to the municipal offices. Mayoress Geraldine Wolmarans gave the group an overview of the way the council functions, as well as her personal role. The next visit to Correctional Services brought everyone down to earth with a bang. Doors were unlocked on their arrival and ominously locked behind them. Stern instructions were issued regarding what could and couldn’t be done. The group was shown the prison kitchens, the computer training facility and the hospital. That afternoon, they enjoyed a breeze off the lagoon as they were taken through some aspects of the work of the SANParks rangers. They experienced what the rangers do when they’re patrolling in boats and what is required to gather food for the special Knysna seahorses. The day ended with a visit to the police station. Once again, the Interactors were encouraged to make the right choices and use their opportunities wisely. The mortuary had its usual macabre attraction, but the dedication of the people who work there with care and commitment made a great impression. This programme was a significant educational experience for all the Interactors who attended and the adults who participated found it equally meaningful. know your town The 2015 Know Your Town Interactors from Percy Madla High School, Knysna Senior Sekondêre, Knysna High School, Knysna Montessori , Oakhill School, Concordia High School and Heatherhill College.
  39. 39. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 39 Members of the Rotaract Club of Grahamstown Sunset (D9370) have been keeping themselves busy. Recent activities included a morning at the SPCA, a visit to Lusuko Pre-School to give a donation of counters and chips to the children and a visit to Salem Crossroads. The club also donated towels, soap, caps and shoes to the men of Salem. Above: Rotaractor Kelly Naude watches as a donkey tries to sneak a treat. Right: President Sarah Southey enjoying some puppy love. The Rotary Club of Harare Central (D9210) convened its 10th annual Interact Officers Training Seminar for clubs in and around Harare. A total of 271 Interactors and 43 faculty advisors from 40 Interact clubs, as well as Rotarians, Rotaractors and Youth Exchange Students attended. Speakers discussed topics such as environmental awareness, drunk drinking, the history of Rotary and The Four-Way Test. Members of the 2014 Rotary Youth Exchange outbound class shared their experiences of life in France, Germany and Mexico. The seminar featured a breakaway session where Rotarians and faculty advisors discussed the successes and challenges of their Interact clubs in 2014. The Rotary Club of Cape of Good Hope (D9350) recently said a fond farewell to Kelsey Carson, a matriculant of Fish Hoek High School and long-term Rotary Youth Exchange student to Hazebrouck in northern France. The town is also home to Lisa Godderis, a French exchange student to Fish Hoek, who will return home in June. Saying farewell at the airport are Rotarian Susan O’Hagan Ward, Kelsey Carson and her father, Allan, President Bev Frieslich, Lisa Godderis and Rotarian Kirti Patel.
  40. 40. 40 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 District Governor Andrew Jaeger visited the Rotary Club of Orkney (D9370) and enjoyed entertaining the elderly at Oleander Park Old Age Home and visiting Letsatsi Primary School. The visit was concluded with a dinner that evening where a cheque for R10 000 was given to the Lions Wheelchair Basketball team. At the dinner are President Collin Hyman, DG Andrew Jaeger, his wife Christine and Ann President Arlene Jacobs. The Rotary Club of Nairobi Utumishi (D9212) gave Martin Lau Kiio (29) a new left hand. The LN-4 Prosthetic hand given to Martin is a new, larger model of the hand which is given free of charge to people who can’t afford prosthetics for themselves. Martin, who presently works as a hawker, lost his hand two years ago while using a power saw. Jean Ravelonarivo, a past district governor of District 9220 (2013/14), has taken office as Madagascar’s Prime Minister. Madagascar’s President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, named General Jean Ravelonarivo as the new head of government after Roger Kolo and the entire government resigned.
  41. 41. March 2015 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ 41 Roundup The Rotary Club of White River (D9400) has supported Flamboyant School for Learners with Special Needs since its inception. Its main form of support has been provided by donations to the school’s bursary fund. In 1993, the club sponsored a dormitory for the school and donated R30 000 to the bursary fund. Since then, the school has received a washing machine and security fencing from the club. The Anns have also supported the school and donated two extra-large cooking pots. The Rotarians facilitated the delivery of a consignment of books from a donor abroad. Starting in 2009, the school has received an annual donation of R40 000 from the club. President George Müller, PP Leon van Zyl and Hitesh Motiram hand a cheque for R40 000 to Gail van der Riet of Flamboyant School. The Rotary Club of Ballito (D9370) held a grocery collection at Tiffanys Spar in Salt Rock. About R25 000 worth of groceries were packed and given to the needy and Westbrooke Home for the Aged. Packing the food hampers are Sheila Broadbent, PDGA Sonia Brookes, Mauro Peranovich and Mannie Stefano. Nearly 2 400 cyclists took part in the annual Rotary Club of Paarl (D9350) Bouckaert Soenen fun ride. Road and mountain bike cyclists took part in the event and Rotarians manned the registration tables. The Rotary Club of Pretoria Capital (D9400) collected books and bed linen from the Rotary Humanitarian Centre to support an education programme in Diepsloot. This project, founded by Hands of Joy, uses rhythm to develop the artistic and learning skills of underprivileged children aged eight to 16 years.
  42. 42. 42 ♦ Rotary Africa ♦ March 2015 The Rotary Club of Durban Clairwood Park (D9370) gave Wonderbags to women from the rural communities of Folweni and Nsimbini. These bags will allow them to cook meals safely for their families. The Wonderbag is a portable, non-electric slow cooker. It continues for up to eight hours to cook food which has been brought to the boil by conventional methods. The Rotary Club of Vanderbijlpark (D9400) helped Taaibos Primary School start its year with a bang. The club donated stationery and sports equipment, worth R10 000, for the school’s 640 children to use. With the happy children are Bertie Visser, President Petro Bester, Rita Beneke, Phillip Notnagel and principal Koos Louw (front). Carl Grossmann, past president of Rotary Club of Hillcrest (D9370), has dedicated his 14th Comrades Marathon to the Starfish Greathearts Foundation. Starfish is one of the nominated charity organisations which can benefit from Comrades runners’ donations. Rotarians are encouraged to support this effort and online donations can be made at https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/personal/ profile.php?eventid=2400&recordid=19227 The Rotary Club of Vereeniging (D9400) held a Christmas party for children from eight children’s homes in the Vaal Triangle. The 120 children were treated to a morning of fun and entertainment at the Boswell Wilkie Circus Tent in Henley on Klip. They were assisted by the circus staff as they tried out the tightrope, trampoline, high swings, juggling and hoola hoops. Staff were also on hand to paint their faces and a magic show had the little ones shrieking with laughter. After a fun day of adventure and great food, the children returned to the homes with a goodie bag containing sweets and a Christmas gift.
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