The Rotary Club of Johannesburg East will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its charter on 18 March with a celebration of the Club’s lengthy commitment to “Service Above Self”.
For 50 years, Joburg East Rotarians have dedicated their time and energy to worthwhile community causes. Key focus areas include supporting education and helping vulnerable mothers and children.
“We are celebrating the dedication of all the past and present Rotarians to meeting the needs of the local community over the years,” says Joburg East Club President Maggie Huni.
“We are extending a warm invitation to all Rotarians, past Rotary Presidents, past exchange students and, of course, Friends of Rotary to attend the anniversary celebration in honour of the Club’s dedicated members and their accomplishments.”
Over the years, Joburg East Rotarians have raised funds to support many local charities including World Vision, Khanyisa Outreach, Uitkoms Home for Girls, Bienvenu Shelter, Mandeville Centre for the Physically Disabled, Rose of Hope Creche in the Denver informal settlement, and Alma Primary School in Limpopo - to name just a few.
“World Vision, for example, has been a beneficiary of our Club since the 90’s. We support one child through the programme, and we are rewarded with school reports and a thank you card every December,” explains Genie Wright, secretary of Joburg East.
Other noteworthy projects include:
Khanyisa Outreach Skills Development Project, established in 1992 by Rotarians Marion and Alastair Brown, has seen huge success teaching valuable skills to vulnerable women and children. Joburg East has supported the project with sewing materials and equipment.
In 2013 three flushing toilets and a septic tank were installed at the Rose of Hope crèche in the Denver squatter camp. Food and clothing were also donated to the crèche, which is a day care centre for 30 small children who would otherwise be playing in the streets. This was all thanks to a partnership between Joburg East Rotary, two Australian Rotary Clubs and another in the United States.
And through the generous support of Holtzminden Rotary Club in Germany, a gas stove was donated to Uitkoms Girls Home in 2010. The home also receives clothing, shoes and linen from Rotary, as well as a monthly supply of meat from a local butcher.
More than 25 young adults have been mentored by Joburg East Rotarians and selected to travel overseas after Matric on the Rotary Youth Exchange Programme - either for a full year, or on the six-week short term programme.
But probably the biggest project the Club has undertaken is the building of the Keurbooms Interim Cancer Home in Main Street, Belgravia. Here, cancer patients from out of town are accommodated during the weeks when they have daily chemo or radiation treatment at city hospitals.
The official 50th anniversary celebration will be a three-course buffet lunch on Sunday 18 March at Belgravia Bowling Club.
Date: Sunday 18 March.
Venue: Belgravia Bowling Club, Florence Avenue, Bedfordview.
Cost: R200 per person, which includes a three-course buffet and wine. There will also be a cash bar available.
RSVP: Bookings for the lunch can be made through the Club Secretary, Mrs Genie Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will reply with banking details.
(Please note that bookings will only be secure if tickets are booked and paid for by Friday, 2 March.)
For more about The Rotary Club of Johannesburg East, refer to www.joburgeastrotaryclub.org
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