Rotary Club is a ‘gift to the world’

2015-10-07 06:00

AS Heritage Day celebrations were clearly marked by colourful traditional wear and braais, two members of the Rotary Club of Amanzimtoti redirected celebrations to measure the impact of the club’s commitment on the community.

The club recently turned 50 and its strong traditions of life changing projects, dedication and commitment to making a difference are the special qualities that they hope will be passed on from generation to generation.

They visited Mother of Peace (MoP), Illovo where the club invested resources 10 years ago in land negotiations and also the renovation of the infirmary during the height of the HIV/Aids pandemic.

Today the club has contributed towards the hen-laying project which sees the production of 28 eggs per day to meet the children’s nutritional needs for protein, the broiler project where chickens are sold to generate a small income, supported the craft project through sales, invested in the skills development programme that has seen two ladies and one teenager trained in massage and financial literacy and is now involved in the early childhood development programme that will lay a stronger foundation for early learning.

The Rotary theme for September was “basic education and literacy” and the club was committed to education. It is said that if all pupils in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty which could be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.

The club donated a meal to Mother of Peace who was hosting a Place of Safety, District 49 for Heritage celebrations.

The club’s annual golf day will take place on 30 October at the Amanzimtoti Country Club. Proceeds will go towards early childhood development at MoP. There is a special appeal for prizes, sponsorship, donations and support, contact Aneska du Pont 083 255 2588 if you are able to assist. - Supplied.

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