October 2017 – a need has been identified to refurbish certain areas of the building and this will be attended to asap
February 2015 The Turkish RFE members were enchanted by a visit to the soup kitchen during their stay with us at Kenton. They joined in with the dancing children as they distributed Turkish Delight treats.
In 2009 Gladys Hani of Child Welfare approached Mike Wilmot, secretary of the newly formed Rotary Club of Kenton On Sea, with a request to open a second Soup Kitchen in Ekuphumleni.
Our Club partnered with Child Welfare and the Periwinkle Trust, to create the Noluthando Soup Kitchen with the aim of feeding an additional 60 children daily. Background: The organisers of the Periwinkle Golf Day contribute greatly to extremely needy and worthy causes in our local community by raising funds through their fine efforts in staging an annual golf day in December each year. Sue Dovey one of the Organisers and Past President Bruce Steele-Gray put their heads together and came up with a plan whereby The Rotary Club of Kenton and the Organisers of the Periwinkle Golf Day would set up a joint Trust named the Rotary Periwinkle Trust.The Trust is up and running and will be financed on an annual basis by Periwinkle and administered by Rotary Kenton. The Periwinkle Organisers have donated R12,000 to Rotary to start the project off and twenty needy children are now being fed from the soup kitchen. The control of the soup kitchen will be administered by Child Welfare while Rotary Kenton will be responsible for the maintenance of the premises from which the soup kitchen will be run and will co-ordinate future efforts.
Rotary found suitable premises in the Ekhuphumleni Township and signed a lease agreement and we have now proceeded with the refurbishment of the house. In excess of R10,000 has been spent on this project from Rotary funds with many Rotarians pitching in and in no time the house looks as good as new with paint and alterations, garden landscaping and fencing plus a new fridge and a gas burner. Tim Dold of P G Glass, Grahamstown, deserves a special thanks for his “donation” to our Soup Kitchen project. He made a special trip to glaze the building, and refused any payment. Thank you Tim !! Many others have assisted and thanks goes out to them as well. Rotary “handed over” the keys to the refurbished house to Gladys who is in charge of the soup kitchen on Tuesday 9th November 2009. !!
Fast Forward to 2013: Child Welfare received a generous donation which enabled them to purchase the adjoining property which is being used as a Youth Center for the children who are fed at Noluthando. This building has been finished off “properly”, looks great, and was opened last week. Annette Treagus, at the opening of the Uviwe Center, paid tribute to Rotary for initiating the Noluthando project which has been the catalyst for the new Center. I think that as a Club we should be proud of what has been achieved as a result of our collective efforts! With the complete upgrade of the Uviwe Center, all concerned realized that Noluthando was in need of some major attention. This also coincided with the end of the original 3 year lease for the Noluthando building, and discussion ensued on the need for Child Welfare to renew the Noluthando lease. This has been done, for a further 2 year period.
In Oct 2013 the Club spent an additional R11 500 painting and upgrading the Noluthando Soup Kitchen. Also put up a new fence and gate, and planted a vegetable garden.
21 November 2017: The Club handed over a cheque for R 15 000 to Trish Gillies and Jean van der Riet – the proceeds from the Pigeon Race.
30 July 2017 – the Rotary Pigeon race was held for the 2nd time. Happily the birds, released in Ixopo at 7:30 am, started to arrive back at about 2:30pm. Even more happily, the winner, Trish Gillies, is a member of the Sunshine Hospice Team for whom these funds were raised. There will be a presentation as soon as possible to hand over a generous cheque. Many thanks to our generous community for joining in the fun for such a worthy cause.
Roger Carthew and Trish Gillies Zelda, Terry and Jean from Hospice the Pigeons’ home
29 March 2016 our club hosted a Quiz evening to raise funds for Hospice. Barbara did a great job putting the questions together and then taking the role of Quiz “Mistress”. This is the 2nd quiz evening we have held and its popularity guarantees that we’ll be doing it again.
Our Club is delighted to have made a further donation to Sunshine Hospice. Zelda Elliott and Jean Blaker attended a function on 4 August and were presented with a cheque for R15 000. Dr Barbara Matthews, with her Hospice hat on, thanked the Club most sincerely for their continued support
Sunshine Coast Hospice offers home-based palliative care to patients and families facing life-threatening illness in their service area, which stretches from Alexandria to Kleinemonde. Services offered are medical (specialist palliative) care to index patients, support and counselling to patients and families, and material support – bedding, clothing, food parcels. Patients are visited regularly and have access to a multi-disciplinary team. The Kenton Rotary Club has supported the Sunshine Coast Hospice through the proceeds of the cancer awareness breakfast and a number of other events held during the year. These funds have been used to buy medical equipment for the hospice team, and larger items like portable oxygen concentrators that can be made available to patients for their use at home.
24 September 2017. A beautiful day for the annual Rhino Run at Kenton on Sea. So beautiful that we had the best turn out of participants in the whole country! Our Rotarians provided a breakfast of bacon and eggs rolls and hotdogs and, together with our Interacters, helped with the marshalling. Many thanks to our sponsors – Feathers Farm, Sunshine Spar and Friends of Rotary, Carol and Jean!
27 March 2016 Our Club is devastated by the news of 3 rhino being poached at nearby Sibuya Game Reserve. These were ‘our’ rhinos and we share the grief and outrage of the Sibuya team. Well done to the team of dedicated professionals who were able to capture and relocate two surviving youngsters to a nearby rhino orphanage, and to Dr Will Fowlds and his team for all they tried to do to save their dad, Bingo. In keeping with our pledge to support the anti-poaching initiative, we are talking with both the Sibuya Rhino Foundation and our partner, Chipembere Rhino Foundation, to establish what we can do to help.
And this is who it’s all about – Thandi and Thembi
September 2015: Another successful Rhino Run – with 520 participants, this event is growing – and doing so much to help win the war.
This project is essentially about creating awareness through the worldwide web of Rotary. Dr William Fowlds gave a presentation to the club on the story of Thandi and Temba, two rhinos from a nearby Reserve, who were targeted by poachers for their horns. Dr Fowlds tells the incredibly moving story of how he was called in when the rhinos were found badly wounded but still alive. Despite all his efforts, it was not possible to save Temba, but Thandi has become a household name as a result of his care which ultimately saved her. When asked what we, as a club, could do, Dr Fowlds’ response was – Create Awareness. To this end his story was taken by our Club to District Conference in East London where the District was also treated to the presentation – leaving almost everyone reaching for tissues. The motion to take this ‘create awareness’ campaign to the RI International Conference in Lisbon, June, 2013, was passed unanimously. Jo Wilmot and Bruce and Pippa Steele-Gray went on to attend this conference where their Save the Rhino stall in the House of Friendship achieved all they set out to do – create awareness. The Club’s grateful thanks go to Investec and Chipembere Rhino Foundation for their hugely effective sponsorship.
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19 October 2019: The Kenton on Sea Primary School Earlyacters held a carwash fund-raiser at the school grounds. Great fun and lots of splashing took place amid mouthfuls of yummy cupcake. The youngsters were supported by the members of the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea Youth Service Committee. Funds raised will go towards the Earlyact community projects.
1 February 2018; President Kayleigh Smith from the Kenton Primary School Earlyact Club presenting a number of Usborne Atlases to principal Mariaan Wessels. Sourced from the UK, these Atlases follow the Usborne Dictionaries. Both publications are an excellent sourse of information and reference links for learners and teachers alike. Well done to our Earlyacters!.
Wednesday 18th October: Our Interacters have crafty fun at a Club meeting with visitor from Australia, Jessica Wormald, learning to make Origami lilies. They’ve also been making beautiful ‘friendship’ bracelets.
September 2017 Our Earlyacters, busy making colourful friezes for the trauma room at the Police Station.
September 2017: Our Interacters went on a clean up spree – well done!
1 September 2017: Kenton Primary School Jubilee Concert – Sunshine in My Pocket – with our Earlyacters and the full cast. Many thanks to Rotarian Ginny Reed for producing this show.
September 2017 saw Members of our Youth Committee taking our Interacters to Rotarian Simon Matthews’ dairy farm. So this is where milk comes from …..!
October 2016 INTERACTORS HIKE THE ASSEGAAI TRAIL
Recently sixteen deserving members of the Ikamvalesizwe Combined School Interact club enjoyed an overnight stay at Assegaai Trails. Only those who had achieved the required attendance levels at weekly club meetings were invited.
In the afternoon , team games and fun challenges took place on the spacious lawns after which everyone cooled off in the pool. Later there was free time to explore the surroundings and lovely gardens at the conference centre. After supper, more indoor games and activities were followed by hot chocolate and rusks before bed-time.
After enjoying a healthy breakfast and making sure that the kitchen was left clean and tidy, the group headed out on the long purple hiking route to Rock Bottom Camp. While on the hike, the Interactors improved their bush knowledge and learnt some basic hiking rules. After about four hours of walking, everyone was ready for lunch back at the conference centre. Rotarians Mike Peter and Amy Bell arrived to transport everyone back to Kenton and one Interactor was overheard saying that she didn’t want to go home.
Generous sponsorship from the Periwinkle Trust and catering and organisation by Rotarians Sandi Peter, Pam Gush and Charlotte Wormald facilitated the outing. Volunteer Sweetness Takuta provided much appreciated leadership during all the activities.
1 September 2017: Kenton Primary School Jubilee Concert – Sunshine in My Pocket – with our Earlyacters and the full cast. Many thanks to Rotarian Ginny Reed for producing this show.
The Kenton Primary School Earlyact Club has finished painting the wall outside St David’s Anglican Church in Bushman’s and attended a simple Dedication service on 16th Sept 2016, delivered by Hon Rotarian, Revd Glen Craig. A work of Art!
August 2016 CRAYONS FOR KIDS PROJECT
Staff from pre schools in the area meet monthly with members of the Youth Services sub committee to share ideas for suitable activities to provide learning opportunities for the children.
The shortage of resources in the 7 preschools in Ekuphumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein limits the activities staff can offer and thus hampers the development of various skillsin the children.
A district grant was used to purchase jumbo crayons, chubby pencils, the necessary sharpeners and blunt nosed scissors. At a busy workshop, Rotarianscovered 180 recycled cans in colourful plastic and filled them with crayons….a can for each child.
Along with pencils and scissors in recycled ice cream containers, the crayons were delivered to the pre schools this week, received with thanks from staff and joyful songs from the excited children.
May 2016 Our Youth committee was busy again with a beach clean up
At an exciting meeting yesterday, 11 May 2016, Interactors read the story of Bongi the Rhino to their invited younger guests. This was followed by enthusiastic singing of songs with an environmental theme, accompanied by Pam Gush playing her accordion. After a colouring activity, Interactors served juice and biscuits to their guests. A most informative afternoon enjoyed by all! Well done Interactors.
March 2016 The Youth Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea meets once a month with teachers from local pre-schools. The aim is to share ideas and educational activities for use in the classroom, to encourage and motivate staff members and to provide much needed guidance and training in the field of early learning. They recently met with the Pre-School Teachers’ Support Group where files were presented to each teacher to be used to keep teaching notes prepared by our experienced Rotarians. A monthly ‘lucky draw’ provides a pre-school with basic stationery items teachers need to prepare lessons.
Our Youth Service Team ( Charl, Stella, Amy, Sandi and Ginny) arranged a visit to our Club meeting on Tuesday 1 March by our ‘children’ – the members of the Kenton Primary School Earlyact Club and the iKhamvalesizwe Combined School Interact Club. Parents and mentoring teachers ( Ms Sweetness Takuta and Mrs Heidi Lamberti) accompanied the children. The main reason for the visit was for these great youngsters to say thank you to us for supporting them in their endeavours. Earlyact President, Amy Veress, started the ball rolling with a very eloquent report on the Club’s activities and all they intend doing during this year. The Interacters then took over and gave a wonderful presentation in verse form which explained their interpretation of the letters making up the word INTERACT. We all said the 4 Way Test together and the visit ended with a resounding “THANK YOU ROTARY!!!” and a photo session. We are very proud of our extended family.
The aim of these workshops is to motivate and thank teachers in the Kenton, Ekuphumleni, Marselle, Klipfontein and Alexandria areas served by our Rotary Club. Held after school, the workshops have focussed separately on the pre-school, junior primary, senior primary and high school phases . After a finger lunch and welcome, guest speakers and our members have interacted with teachers on diverse themes such as helping children with ADH disorder, the value of learning through fun games, the importance of recycling and improvising in under-resourced schools, class room management and creative activities. Our Rotary Youth Service committee members are fully involved in all aspects of these workshops, firstly working on the concept or theme and then hosting an afternoon of support, fun, learning and sharing for an average of 40 teachers. Complimentary, teaching-themed gift packs, usually containing some hand-made items, are given to the teachers at the end of the afternoon. As of August 2014, five workshops have taken place.
Other Youth Service initiatives include the Earlyact Club at Kenton Primary School and the Interact Club at Ikamvalesizwe Combined School, two weekends annually at Hobbiton on Fairewood for township children, assisting other education support groups in Kenton with holiday activities for local children and collection of recyclable material for use in creative activities
2015 Earlyact Club at Kenton Primary School with Stella Swanson and Sandi Peter
The 2015 Interact Club at Ekamvalesizwe Combined School, Kenton on Sea, mentored by Charl Wormald and her team.
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is committed, and has been since December 2009, to the Rotary Tree of Joy project, because it is such a worthwhile way of providing joy to people normally forgotten at Christmas.
What is the Tree of Joy?
The Tree of Joy is a Rotary community orientated project aimed at providing gifts to people, young and old, who seldom have the pleasure of receiving one for Christmas.
How does it work?
First of all, charities and charitable organizations are approached to identify worthy recipients of gifts. They may be orphans, lonely adults, the poor, ill or infirm, or are simply people in need of a little love and care.A wish list is made up for the participating people and this is given to Rotary. Members of Rotary fill in special cards based on this list provided by the charity concerned. A special Christmas tree is placed in a prominent place in Kenton on Sea (outside SPAR) for two weeks in December. This tree is decorated and the cards are placed on the tree.
The site of the tree is manned by Rotarians and the public is encouraged to either make a donation or take a card, purchase the gift indicated on the card and then return it to Rotary for distribution to the person concerned before Christmas, via the charitable organization responsible.
Your gift will provide excitement and joy to the recipient at an affordable cost to you. Just imagine the happy smile that you will have put on the face of that person who is unaccustomed to such goodwill. They will know that someone out there cares.
Carols by Candlelight has been running for the past 4 years. Families are invited to bring a picnic along, and enjoy a non-denominational, bilingual carol service, with the emphasis on children’s participation in the form of a nativity scene. A small donation is requested to cover the cost of candles and carol sheets.
2018: Fisherman’s Feast this year raised R 71,500 for a local community service projects.
SEAFOOD EXTREME DINNER
PROCEEDS TO ROTARY CONSERVATION PROJECT
THE ROTARY CLUB OF KENTON ON SEA
INVITES YOU TO JOIN US
ON 15 MAY 2015
THE KENTON ON SEA TOWN HALL
6:30 FOR 7:00 pm
COST: R 160pp
DRESS: SHIPWRECKED ROTARY CLUB OF KENTON ON SEA
INCLUDES A FUN AUCTION FOR CHARITY
Tickets available from Flower Thyme ( Val) 083 350 3998/ Seeff ( Mike) 082 899 8103
This project grew out of an initiative to create an annual Triathlon event based in Kenton. The Wilmot family, 4 of whom are members of our Club, have been holding Seafood events for many years. They brought the idea to the Club to hold a Seafood evening as part of the entertainment for the larger event. We have since then hosted this very popular evening every year, although the Triathlon no longer takes place. It involves huge effort from the whole Wilmot clan, who fish for, and cook, almost all the seafood provided. Club members handle décor, the bar, ticket sales, serving, an auction and general organizing and clearing up after the event.
In 2018 this project was handed over to the gardeners as it had become self-sustaining.
This project is now being mentored by Tony Wiener and is going well with a new banner provided by Carol and which they use to advertise their surplus crops.
Sept 2015. The new growing season is well underway and President Mike and Tony W paid a visit and chatted to some of the participants.
The Garden Project is an initiative of the Vocational Sub-Committee and was started in August 2013. The project is aimed at offering guidance and support to a group of local residents in Marselle, Kenton on Sea, to produce vegetables for their own use as well as commercially, albeit on a small scale. The fundamental aim of this project is to ensure sustainability and thus it is imperative that the participants understand basic business principals. The first phase was very successful, with the participants being able to sell a good portion of their produce.
Property for Phase 2 was made available, with thanks to Rotarian Justin Wilmot, behind Build-It, on the North West side adjacent to the dump site access road. The area has been fenced off to prohibit animals from grazing and a gate has been installed. It was ploughed in May and allowed to lie fallow for two months. Soil tests were taken and the required fertiliser donated by Pro-Fert, a PE company. The fertiliser was applied and the soil was hoed to remove any new weeds. Water has been laid on and a standpipe erected on the property. The individual plots, for twenty participants, were staked and the initial planting of seedlings, donated by Build-It in Bushmans River, of spinach, onions and beetroot was undertaken in August. Planting is an ongoing process with some of the participants planting various vegetables on their own initiative, which we encourage.
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This project is dependent on the availability of shows on their way to the National Arts festival in Grahamstown every July. Simon Cooper, a Friend of Rotary, assists in this where possible.
2018: This is an on-going project. Brian Pachonick meets regularly with the local conservation team who patrol the bush areas of the town to check on worldlife and dismantle snares..
Rotarians in Kenton were aware that there was a lot of snaring taking place in the undeveloped parts of town,and particularly the Joan Muirhead nature reserve.
In an attempt to do something to control this Rotary applied to join the Assegaai Conservancy and were accepted as “members” in 2009, with the blessing of the municipality.
The conservancy is based in Salem and is a group of property owners ,or their representatives who employ a pair of game guards/rangers, who patrol on a roster ,for their members.
These guards are specialists at finding snares ,and reading tracks. They live in Port Alfred and thus can’t be pressurised by the local snarers.
We,[ Kenton], fetch them for 1 day in a cycle of about 5 weeks. On their day with us they pretty much cover all the bushy areas of Kenton, removing snares, looking for signs of dogs or hunters, and noting what game or game tracks they can see.
Initially a lot of snares and a guinea fowl trap were found ,but this has become a lot less with only an occasional one now and we assume that snaring is a lot less. They usually see a number of Grysbok, and spoor of Blue Duiker and sometimes Bushbuck.
Our Club is fortunate to have a number of holiday home owners whose support for our efforts has become invaluable. As a ‘thank you’ to them, and everyone in the community, the Club holds an annual Cocktail party during the Christmas holiday period. The Club President gives a presentation highlighting the projects with which the Club has been involved in the past year with an assurance that donations received are being well-spent and utilised! The evening also hosts an auction which gives rise to some very competitive bidding and a lot of fun.
2018: This project is no longer running.
Sunshine Coast Charity together with Free Spirit Adventures organise this event. Rotary assists in the food marquee. It is sanctioned by Cycling SA and comprises 3 races: 65km, 30 km, and 5km children’s race. Start and finish Nanaga Farm Stall. It is promoted as a fun day out in the country for the whole family with a food marquee and kiddies play area. Prize giving 2pm. Around 350 participants and their families take part.
Thursday 21 September 2017. The Peter Bennett Centre at Kenton on Sea was filled with guests for our annual Seniors’ Tea. Our Earlyacters provided a short programme of entertainment and then a scrumptious tea was served. Residents of nearby Dolphin Frail Care were also invited and included their oldest resident, 99 year old, Phyl Lewis. Rotarians provided and served the tea – a happy afternoon for us all.
The idea of a Seniors’ Tea was conceived several years ago and has now become a fixture on our Club Calendar. Invitations are sent out to all our senior citizens and, in the case of guests from Dolphin Coast Frail Care Home, transport is arranged. Members work together to provide a sumptuous tea and entertainment at two Rivers Retirement Village’s Peter Bennett Centre. The entertainment usually takes the form of a number of musical items, with Rotarian Pam Gush taking her place at the piano to provide the accompaniment.
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RYLA is a Youth Leadership Camp , which is run by Grahamstown Rotary once a year, in our area. We have sent participants over the past few years. We are not actually involved and only send suitable candidates from Nompucucko in Marselle and Ikamvalisizwe in Ekhuphumleni. They are pupils who are in Grade 11 and young folk who show potential and that we, as Rotary, feel will benefit from the leadership skills development. These camps are run at Thomas Baines.
The Hobbiton Camps are for Grade 5/6 pupils also from the above two schools. We accompany the children , with 1 staff member; usually Steve and are merely observers. The children are chosen by their schools and are selected on academic results. Both of the camps are run by Josh Paton. Rotarians have been amazing in their support and of course The Periwinkle Trust has funded the camps. We could not offer this opportunity to these children , without their support! These camps are held at Fairewood just outside Grahamstown . This is a branch of Hobbiton in Hogsback.
The January 2015 group
2018: PDG Bruce has set up a partnership with Dischem which allows all SA Rotary clubs to source wheelchairs at R 1000 (retail price R 1800). Our club received the first 5 of these and Barrie Brown is finding recipients.
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is situated in the Municipality of Ndlambe, Eastern
Cape. There are a number of townships within our area of community involvement, where
unemployment is as high as 70%. This contributes to poor living conditions and
deteriorating health of a number of residents.
In 2012, in response to a number of requests for wheelchairs, our Club decided to obtain 45new wheelchairs from ROMEX (Rotary Medical Exchange), in lieu of a donation from our Club.ROMEX obtain the wheelchairs from the Wheelchair Foundation, UK.Since 2012, 70 people have benefitted from our wheelchairs. Our experience of handing out wheelchairs has, at times, been very humbling and emotional. Some recipients have hadno mobility for years, others have been moved in wheelbarrows or prams. Having a wheelchair has made a huge difference in their lives.The challenges facing us are:
The identification of potential needy recipients.
Identifying and recovering the wheelchairs when they are no longer required by the recipients.
The repair and maintenance of the wheelchairs.
Funding of new wheelchairs.
2018: These events are occasional fund raisers.
The Bistro Evenings started in October 2010. The idea behind the Bistro Evenings was to run an evening where the emphasis was on the food and fun. It is a fun evening, with the opportunity to make a little money. To date, we have had the following Bistros: Greek, Irish Blarney, German Beerfest and Bushveld, all with the appropriate menus and music
2018: Our club continues to support our Earlyacters at the local Kenton Primary School.
We took over this initiative at Kenton Primary School, from Port Alfred in 2009/2010. The Grade 7’s are involved every year . We meet a few times each school term and basically fund raise in order to serve the less fortunate in our community. Every year the members have been delightful and parents give great support. Each year they assist, firstly: their school in some way – provide refreshments for school functions, supply sports equipment and educational aids, decorate the library, supply a fan/ heater for classrooms, host a dictionary quiz for schools in the area and run an Easter Egg Hunt and Master Chef Competition, a Car Wash Fundraiser etc. Then they serve their immediate community, by picking up litter on the streets, visiting Homes for Senior Citizens, caring for our service providers in clinics, post office, public library, doctors and nurses, assisted Meals on Wheels etc Then we extend the circle and assist with funds for e.g.Guide Dogs S.A., SPCA, Cancer -CHOC and the Sunflower Fund, collars for the prevention of rhino poaching at Chipembere etc.
Every year the children decide on the beneficiaries. Our first outing in Term 3 is to Mama Bloko’s Home for mentally and physically challenged children in Alexandria. We are also hoping to plant some trees in Kenton. Coral trees, which have been grown from seed by the children of Kenton Primary. We also plan to visit the Dolphin Frail Care Centre this term. The children take posies and small gifts and chat to the elderly folk. They also supply eats for tea. Before we know it, it’s the year end party – boating, skiing and a braai on the Bushman’s River. Then it’s off to High School and hopefully, they continue their Rotary experience and join their new school’s Interact Club!
The 2015 team