Then, we had the somewhat sad task of bidding farewell to Audrey Barnard. Audrey has been a staunch supporter of Rotary and the Rotary Anns, of whom she has been a member for many years. Most recently, she has also been a supporter of our Interact Club at Ikhamvalesizwe Combined School. Her husband, the late Tjaart Barnard, was hugely instrumental in bringing the concept of Interact Clubs to South Africa and, in his memory, Audrey has established a Tjaart Barnard Award for the Interacter of the Year. Go well, Audrey, and we shall look forward to your visits back to Kenton whenever you can.
Our Club was instrumental in the creation of the Rotary Action Group, RAGES, which spreads awareness and support for endangered species. To this end, we partner with the Chipembere Foundation whose representative, Jo Wilmot ( our most favourite rhino person!) was with us to receive a donation of R 16 000. We know it will be wisely spent.
By no means least, a Vocational Award was then presented by PP Sandi Peter to Caroline Steele-Gray, for her generous contribution of discounted, quality stationery for our annual Christmas Tree of Joy project. This generosity enabled us to give out gift packs to 358 disadvantaged recipients who would otherwise probably have had very little to celebrate. Very many thanks, Caro – we value your support.
The evening ended with noisy fellowship and snacks provided by members.