Rotarians support needy causes

2017-09-14 06:00

Throughout the year The Rotary Club of Uitenhage South, and its Anns support many needy causes, but they also each choose one local charity to receive a major donation.

The Rotary Club held a fundraiser charity golf day and a cheque for R30 000 from the proceeds was handed over to The Mula Project, a recycling scheme which is run at Allanridge Community Hall each Wednesday from 13:00 onwards.

Children from the area are encouraged to bring plastic and cardboard which they have collected by cleaning their local areas. These are weighed and the children are rewarded with “Mula” points, which they can then spend on a wide range of items, which are mainly basic food essentials, but also items of warm clothing or school necessities. Each child is then also given hot soup, bread and fruit.

Although some funds are generated from sale of the plastics, the reward items are of considerably more value. The Rotary Club of Uitenhage South identified the charity as one which has a far greater ongoing benefit to the community than just handing out “freebies”, hence this major donation.

Anns’ knitting project

For their project the Anns of the club, together with the help of many community members have had very busy hands. Their major project has been to knit 100 jerseys and 120 beanies.

The challenge often remains to find a deserving charity, but this year that was not such a major problem. The huge pile of knitted items was handed to Mr Brian O‘Reilly who in turn, through a well established network, distributes the jerseys and beanies to various organizations or deserving people.

(-Heilie Combrinck)

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