Building Hope, Creating Change: Our projects in 2023

Feb 26, 2024 | Our News, Projects

2023 was a remarkable year of compassion, community, and change. This overview aims to encapsulate the essence of our unwavering commitment to societal well-being.  Join us in revisiting the chapters that defined a year marked by purpose, passion, and profound positive change…

From our President, Vaughan Nisbet:

Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea
Activities and achievements for 2023

Our largest, by value, fund-raiser was completed early in 2023 when the funds target 0f R 1,2 million required for a NSRI station to be established in Kenton was met. This money came from residents and other property owners as well as local organisations including Rotary. A jet rib vessel and a Suzuki tow vehicle will be permanently stationed in Kenton on Sea at middle beach, currently in a converted container. The vessel will be blessed on 16 December and named the “The Spirit of Kenton”.


  • We continue to contribute, funds and volunteer labour, to the Siya Soup initiative which distributes an average of 5,000 meals per week to our local communities.
  • Kenton See’s is a 6 monthly project that provides free eye and vision tests for local residents. Davis Optometrists of Grahamstown and our local optometrist Graham Chrich provide their services and standard glasses for free. The last clinic, 21 November 2023, assessed in excess of a hundred people. Patients with cataracts and glaucoma have been subsequently assessed in Grahamstown and will receive corrective procedures early in 2024.
  • The Sunshine Coast Hospice received the funds raised by our annual pigeon race.
  • Jehovah Jireh Haven in Alexandria receives funds from us in support of the work they do for orphan children.
  • The pedestrian pathway from Robby’s corner to Cornerstone is currently being paved, the work is almost complete. This was funded and managed by Rotary. We also maintain, on a quarterly basis, the existing paved pathway to Middle Beach.
  • Rotary has also contributed to a consortium which is currently repairing the storm damage at Middle Beach.
  • We continue to support the Fish n Chip initiative that provides blankets and infant clothing to single mothers when they leave the local clinics with newborn children.
  • The Tree of Joy project provides some Christmas joy to local people who otherwise would have no joy during the festive season.
  • We facilitate a monthly snare eradication walk through the Kenton on Sea public areas in conjunction with the Kenton Conservancy.
  • Rotary is very involved in youth services in the local schools.  A funds donation was given to the Nompucuko Combined School’s Grade 12 group for their matric Intervention and Incubation Camp. Self-Development talk given at Klipfontein Primary School and a swim camp for the Anti-Poaching Unit of the Kariega Game Reserve and youth from the Kariega Foundation.
  • Three of our members are qualified mediators via the African Rotary Community Mediation Initiative and are readily available to ‘’empower communities to resolve disputes’’

Events and fund raising

  • A saxophone and dinner event, master wine tasting classes and a raffle during the Kenton wine festival.
  • The Rotary Kenton on Sea annual golf day at Royal Port Alfred golf club.
  • A Greek evening at the Dias Fishing Club.
  • The small-boat race at Bushmans River beach which took place in late December.

We hope to continue to build on the above in 2024 and provide assistance where necessary and possible.

Environment Projects:


Pathway Ocean Road - Donkin Drive

Road Signs


Snare Project

Club services:

Siyakhatala Soup Kitchen.

Siyakhatala Soup Kitchen.

Book Donations from USA

Youth services:

Fish and chips babies

Klipfontein Primary School

Swim Camp

Swim Camp

Swim Camp

Swim Camp

Nompucuko Combined School in Marcelle

Nompucuko Combined School in Marcelle

Nompucuko Combined School in Marcelle

Project services:

Rotary Golf Day

Boat Race



Wine festival

Blood Donation


Bistro Evening

5km Fun Run

Eye Clinic Project

Tree Of Joy

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