Interacters present project on Sustainable Living to Rotary Haenertsburg


L to R : Stanford Interacters Tayla Connery (Secretary) & Cailin Desmet (President) met Rotary Haenertsburg President Paddy Ansell to present their Sustainable Living Project to the Club members (see article below). Mrs Joy Park  accompanied them.

Cailin and Tayla back at Stanford wearing their Rotary Year Theme pins "Making a Difference"

The Colour Walk for Sustainable Living was a fun awareness event organized and run by the Interacters (Junior Rotarians) on the 17th August. The theme was used to highlight the importance of bees in our environment and the need to reduce plastic waste. It is of great importance that these critical world issues be addressed and solved by all of us.

The funds raised will be used to install a drinking fountain to be used as a refilling station for water bottles to reduce the amount of waste plastic water bottles. There were “bee hotels” for indigenous bees on display. A special thank you to Jason Scriven who demonstrated the internal workings of a beehive.     

Interacters (based at Stanford Lake College) visit the Children's Oncology Ward at Polokwane Hospital

Motivation : Last year one of our teachers was receiving treatment for breast cancer at the Polokwane Hospital. She reported back to us that there are large numbers of people and children receiving cancer treatment at the Oncology Unit in Polokwane and that the patients could really do with caring people to visit and help.
Our Interact Club at Stanford Lake College decided to make up “care packs” for the children in the oncology children’s ward. The club members made play-dough, sourced colouring-in books and crayons, books to look at and added items such as face clothes, soap, water and a few treats to eat (apples, chocolate and biscuits). Thank you to Mrs Gani for the donation of apples for the packs.
On 26th May we are delivered the packs and visited the ward to get a better sense of how to help in the future. We hope that this little visit brought a ray of sunshine into some children’s lives.
Club President – Kgabo Manyathela
Club Secretary – Cailin Desmet

Haenertsburg Interact Club - District 9400
(based at Stanford Lake College)
Club President: Kgabo Manyathela Secretary : Cailin Desmet
Project: Interact Fund Raising : “Colour Splash for Cancer” Fun Walk

Motivation for the Walk:
Our Interact Club has been involved with Polokwane Hospital Children’s Oncology Ward, and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) - (Polokwane) this year. We are making this a focus area for the Club in 2016. Earlier this year we made care-packs for the children in the ward and visited the ward to give them out to the children. We were concerned when we realised that there is a high prevalence of eye cancer in our area and discovered that there is a need for artificial glass eyes for the children who survive the treatment but lose an eye. The cost of an artificial eye and treatment is R7200.00. Our goal is to raise R 7 200.00 to provide one treatment and eye for a child. Apparently there are 5 children waiting for the treatment through Polokwane Care Centre.

Plan: On Friday the 19th of August 2106, Interact hosted a 'Colour Splash for Cancer' walk in the forests around Stanford Lake College.
Although the walk did not meet the financial goal, it raised awareness of the plight of these children in our society. It was also a very happy event and enormous fun for the people who participated.

Goal Reached: Together with other fund raiser events and some generous donations, the goal of R 7 200.00 has been reached. Our Interact Club is very glad to know that this money will help at least one child with reconstruction eye treatment.

The photo below left shows a child before her eye was fitted, and middle - a photo of two children after eyes were fitted.
It is only with efforts like this that we can help a child get through their schooling without being teased, and help overcome all the physiological and psychological challenges they may face as a result. As a child grows they may need up to three eye replacements before reaching adulthood.


The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg combined with the Interacters from Stanford and the Haenertsburg St Paul’s United Church to collect blankets to hand out to pensioners, vulnerable families and children in need. The schools visited on Wednesday, 8 June 2016 were Motlakaro High School in Spitzkop and Glenshiel Primary in Haenertsburg. In both these areas, groups of pensioners also received donations of blankets.

The Interacters, led by President Kgabo Manyathela (right) and Secretary Cailin Desmet, spent a happy few hours  ‘making a difference’ to those in the community who may not otherwise have had the comfort of warmth this winter.



Haenertsburg Interact Club - District 9400 - Report January 2016

(Club based at Stanford Lake College)

2015 - Reportback

Term 1

  • Nov 2014 our Interact Club submitted an Interact Movie about the Glenshiel Library and got a commended Rotary award
  • The Club has also since been awarded a Presidential Citation for 2014-2015
  • The Round Square Conference was in February this year and the service project was done at Glenshiel Primary School. Paving, painting and tidying classrooms and sanding and preparing shelves were worked on. Much progress was made but there is still work to be done before the library will be fully operational.
  • The Rotary Ebenezer Mile: Interactors helped with registration and raffled an Easter basket and cake.
  • We also organised a Variety Show at school that was well supported and lots of fun.
  • Together the VShow and Raffle brought in about R 4000.

Term 2

  • The blanket drive brought in 40 assorted blankets and about R5000 that was used for buying blankets for Haenertsburg Primary and Scholtz School at the bottom of the Magoebaskloof Pass.
  • The 40 blankets were given to Jack Holloway for Nkowanko Church group for elderly and Aids orphans

Term 3

  • In term 3 we spent time sorting and recording the book donations for the Glenshiel Library
  • Kgabo Manyathela (current Interact President) and 3 other girls volunteered for a day and helped at the Ngwana Huis for abandoned babies. We may try and help again but need to set time aside for this. Only 4 at a time can volunteer.
  • The Club ran a successful and fun filled Junior Bright Sparks competition at Unicorn Primary in Tzaneen.

Term 4

  • We worked on the Shoe boxes Christmas parcel collection which were handed out in November. This is a huge undertaking, and needs some changes for 2016
  • We also held the annual Christmas Party for Glenshiel down at the Lake. All the Stanford Grade 8 pupils helped.
Plan for 2016
  • Ongoing events:
    • Ebenezer Mile help (19th March after school breaks up but locally based pupils will be called in)
    • Fundraising raffle
    • Blanket collection and distribution
    • (New) rain poncho collection and distribution – we live in a wet area. These are on order to trial.
    • Organise Christmas boxes for 4 local schools
    • Get grade 8’s involved with paired reading and with the Christmas party
    • Push to complete and develop the Glenshiel Primary School library.
  • New Ideas
    • (Possibility) Make “care packs” for children and adults in hospitals : teddies, crayons, puzzles, toys and etc. For adults soaps, facecloths etc.
    • Organise a visit to cancer patient having Chemo in Polokwane hospital and help them in any way we can. Mrs Freestone will advise as she have just been treated and suggested the project. Hand out water and bananas and apples.
    • We plan on making a presentation of this and displaying this at assembly to create awareness.
    • Cancer walk in the forest where there will be a picnic after the walk and food will be sold - participants can dress up in different colours to represent different cancers – this will replace the Junior Bright Sparks Competition this year as the Competition is organised only every second year.
    • We plan joining the spray-athon for cancer – where all proceeds will go to the Tzaneen cancer association. To be organised in tutor groups at school.


Haenertsburg Interact Club - District 9400 - Report June 2015

(Club based at Stanford Lake College)



Interact restructured in 2014 at Stanford Lake College to merge with the Service Committee.


Chairperson: Mignon Erasmus (Gr 11 when elected, now in Gr 12). The meetings are held bi-weekly with the Grade 12 Interact Committee on Thursday during culture period (but moves with other timetable changes) and on every Monday afternoon - 2:00- 2:45pm for all members Gr 8 - Gr 12. Attendance varies dependent on other commitments such as extra lessons, sport and other cultural activities.



  • Glenshiel Primary School Library : [combined with "Read with Me Foundation" also Stanford Lake College special committee.]
  • Sorting and donated books for library [2015]
  • Making posters for library [2015]
  • Blanket Collection Drive: Rotary distribution [ 2014 and 2015]
  • Paired reading Party/Christmas Party: [2014 : Grade 8's are expected to help with the party and did a wonderful job]
  • Christmas Parcel Wrapping and distribution [2014 - parcels went to Scholtz, Glenshiel, Appel and Thusanang Creche]
  • Help at Ebenezer Mile Swim [2014 and 2015] ,The Wik Triathalon and Magoebaskloof Classic MTB Race bike wash [2014]
  • Junior Bright Sparks Competition at Unicorn [held on 21 September 2015]



2014: At end of 2014 funds stood at R 8500 (Derived from fund-raisers: (raffles and bracelet sales and membership fees)


2015: Income - raffle, donations, V-Show, Bright Sparks, Payments/ donations: Debits

  • Sam Morerwa Funeral Donation [Sam was very much part of our community effort and is sorely missed]. Transport payments for jersey donation distribution and Rotary Induction
  • interact T-shirts [Sold to lnteractors at R100 - recoverable]
  • Blanket payments - bought through Rotary
  • Tuck shop stock for Interact fundraiser V-Show
  • Tablet purchase for Glenshiel


Payments/donations: Credits


  • Donation Erasmus - earmarked for Glenshiel community fun-day - to be run Term 3 ; Hopefully to coincide with library opening.
  • Donation Chocolate Mousse Cake (Magriet) and Red Wine (Michael van Zyl) for Easter Raffle
  • Blanket Drive: approx. 40 blankets (assorted) Stanford Pupils [Distribution Rotary Club : Nkowankowa Church group for elderly and Aids orphans
  • 80 knitted beanies, 25 pairs fingerless gloves, 15 pairs bed socks (Mrs Lucas Senior) [Distributed locally Scholtz School]
  • VShow and Raffle
  • Blanket Drive Collection - 50 blankets to Haenertsburg Primary School and 50 blankets Scholtz (number of pupils 43)


View Interact Citation Certificate