WINTER WARMER BLANKET HANDOUTS - JUNE 2017
Various schools in the local area were visited by a group of Rotarians and the children and other community members given blankets from Rotary to keep away the chills of winter!
YOUTH DAY JUNE 16 CELEBRATIONS - ROTARY SUPPORTS LOCAL SAPS EVENT
On Youth Day, 16 June, the SAPS station at Haenertsburg, organised an event at Spitzkop at which Victim Empowerment and Victom Support information was shared with the community. Rotary assisted with providing food items for the celebrations held. Haenertsburg SAPS provides a safe haven room at their station for members of the community who are victims of abuse. A full time social worker is available to attend to the people who need assistance at the Victim Support Centre. In recognition of the strong bond of cooperation and community involvement with Rotary, Warrant Officer Willie Ifalago visited Haenertsburg Club and presented the current President, Stuart Miller, with a Certificate of Appreciation.
ROTARY & MAHINDRA LIGHT UP LIVES
Rotary Haenertsburg and Mahindra Polokwane recently joined hands in lightening up the lives of matric pupils at two local rural schools. Rotary SA and Mahindra SA initiated a programme to help pupils study day and night to achieve good results. Each pupil was given a solar powered lamp and a pencil case with stationery. Haenertsburg Rotary President, Maria da Silva, told pupils at Makome High School in Segwashe, and Magaedisha High School in Ga-Molepo about the history and aims of Rotary. Mahindra Polokwane Manager, ZC Hattingh, then explained how the lamps work, told pupils about Mahindra and encouraged them to work hard to achieve their goals. The chairperson of the LCR at each school then thanked Mahindra and Rotary.
Pupils and staff of Magaedisha High School with members of Haenertsburg Rotary and Mahindra Polokwane after matrics were
each given a solar lamp and stationery.
Christmas Hamper Project
HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS HAMPER PROJECT AND DISTRIBUTION IN 2015
This project started with an idea of giving something to the residents of the old age cottages in the village of Haenertsburg. Many years ago, a local restaurant would cater for a Christmas lunch for the residents of the old age cottages and any residents over 70 years old, which Rotary would pay for, and assist with serving and transport. However, it was felt that we as Rotarians were not truly giving of ourselves to these residents, and in 2011 we started with our first Senior Citizens’ Hamper Project. Essentially Rotarians will contribute something which they have baked, but also something which they have funded themselves for these hampers. We also have our regular generous sponsors of eggs, from Wegraakbosch Cheese Farm, Houers(Pty) Ltd for our boxes, Flowers from Colorweis Nursery,and also Bertie van Zyl (Pty) Ltd which give us baby tomatoes for our hampers. Rotarians contributed by donating bottles of wine, dove soap, cream, bottled herbed oil, rusks, shortbread, honey, biscuits, chocolates,homemade jams (with some being contributed by non Rotarians) and much more. We also inserted a copy of our Rotary Africa magazine, where the residents can learn a little more about Rotary in Africa. These hampers are packed during our regular meeting which is on a Wednesday (2/12/2015), and the following day being today (03/12/2015), a number of Rotarians distributed these hampers to our senior citizens. These hampers are generally received in good spirit, and in Jane Moncreiff’ words : “thank you for remembering us.” This is what the project is all about; not whether you are rich or poor, but that you are remembered and cared for as part of our community.
"FEED THE MOUNTAIN" CHRISTMAS MEAL FOR SOCIAL SERVICES PENSIONERS FROM THE HAENERTSBURG AREA
As an annual event, Rotarians cleaned, chopped and cooked veggies and chicken in huge pots to serve meals to disadvantaged local pensioners. Many generous companies assisted in donating the ingredients (Duroc for an amazing 50kg of chickens, Fruit & Veg City for the various vegetables and Premjees for other supplies like chutney etc.) About 80 pensioners had come into the village that day to receive their pension payout for December. They were joined by other members of the local communities and over 225 plates piled high with tasty chicken stew and mealie pap were served out to them by Rotarians, who were helped by village residents and their families. This happened on 1 December, being the first day of the "16 Days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse". The local Haenertsburg Police were present and one of their members, W.O. Ifalargo, addressed the pensioners on this important issue.