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Rotary Club of Morningside Club Account
Account no 1971 045500
Bryanston Branch Sandton
Branch Code 197-105
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Account no 1971 045497
Bryanston Branch Sandton
Branch Code 197-105
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
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Meet our polio partners
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Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
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Australian students take opportunity by the horns
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Illiteracy traps adults, and their families, in poverty
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The following article appeared in this month’s “Birdie Buzz”, the newsletter of the Ladies Golf Section at the Johannesburg Country Club.
“Denise Cruickshank is once again collecting items on behalf of the Morningside Rotary Club for underprivileged matric students so they have something glam to wear for their matric dances. If you have any evening gowns, costume jewellery, shoes (ladies’ and men’s), evening bags, shirts, bow ties, suits, jackets or pants that you no longer use and would like to donate to this worthy cause, please give them to Lesley King before the end of July and Denise will collect them from her and pass them on to the schools their Rotary Club supports. Your donations have been much appreciated in the past.”
Just a reminder that James Croswell of the Rotary Club of Rosebank will be coming to talk to us on 23 April 2015 about the Palliative Care project of Rotary Clubs from the UK to provide syringe drivers to South African hospitals.
DG Annie is encouraging cooperation between Clubs in the District and has invited Clubs to participate by making a R5 000 to R20 000 donation. The meeting is thus important.
The food garden at the Sivilele Primary School in Soweto set up by Willson Mdau, the Manager of the Sandwedge Restaurant at the CCJ, has been recently replanted and our visit to see the project will take place in about three weeks’ time when there will be vegetables ready to be harvested. Please don’t forget that Willson needs to acquire additional garden tools and a donation of equipment would be greatly appreciated by Willson.
This last week we received an anonymous donation of R10 000 to help towards the cost of purchasing a colposcope for the Rainbow Clinic at a cost of about R108 000. This instrument will help the police to help rape victims seek justice through scientific evidence.
We are awaiting an answer from the Community Police Forum about the release of the funds which we plan to use to meet most of the balance of the purchase price. The funds held by the CPF amount to R85 919 before the inclusion of interest and were originally earmarked for the establishment of a Crisis Counselling Centre that we have not been able to get off the ground for various reasons including bureaucracy. Arnold Bell wishes to discuss his draft letter to the Sandton Community Police Forum with members on Thursday 2 April 2015.
Last week Valerie Hirsch, a Belgian freelance journalist writing for TV5, Radio Television Belge, Deutsche Welle, Le Soir and Le Temps Ouest France talked to us about the Sizanani Mentorship Programme at schools serving pupils living in Alexandra Township of which she is the coordinator. This is a magnificent project started by St Mary’s School for Girls and currently mentoring Grade 11 and 12 students particularly in Maths and Science. They have 74 mentors including 20 from ABSA Bank. The results are encouraging and career guidance is offered through Sci Bono. Where possible bursaries are awarded for tertiary education but the demand exceeds the available funds.
We offered Sizanani Mentorship Programme students places in the group of pupils going to the RYLA Camp in Magoebaskloof in April and are pleased that five of their students have registered to attend the Camp. Two have been paid for by their mentors and our Rotary Club has paid for the other three.
Arnold Bell has been in touch with the management of the Bophelong Place of Life Centre in Diepsloot with a view to assisting them formalise the establishment of a township to enable them to get a regular supply of municipal water. There is also a need to get storm water drainage installed.
The gym equipment ordered for the Golden Harvest Rehabilitation Centre in Northgate at a cost of R97 999.99 has been paid for with the funds donated for this purpose by the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie in Canada and the Rotary Foundation. The editor awaits news from SANCA about its delivery.
There is exciting news about the District 9400 Combined Clubs Blanket Drive. First National Bank has agreed to partner with our Rotary Clubs by:
- Placing an order for 2 000 blankets
- Offering to deliver all blankets destined for beneficiaries to their premises providing there are at least two members of the Rotary Club present together with two representatives from FNB.
- Donating R10 to Rotary for every blanket purchased by the public for the beneficiaries nominated by our Rotary Clubs. Such beneficiaries must be registered/valid charities.
Because of VAT, the price of the blankets has been increased to R60 each.
The editor has organised St Columba’s Presbyterian Church as a venue for persons to buy blankets on Sunday 19 April 2015 and now awaits details of other venues and dates from Denise Cruickshank.
Neville Paulsen has also been talking to the Jules Verne French School about getting SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) to conduct discussions with each Grade in the School about mental health problems. Experience elsewhere in the world has shown that teenagers are at risk to suicide and we want the pupils to be aware of the support that is offered. It is intended to offer the same facilities to Kwena Molapo Senior School and SSB (Sekolo sa Borokgo School).
Neville Paulsen has been in touch with the Jules Verne French School and hopes to send half a dozen pupils to the RYLA camp at Magoebaskloof in April.