Greytown Rotary Club closes

2015-11-04 06:00

ALTHOUGH after 41 years of service to Umvoti communities throughout Umvoti, Greytown Rotary Club has officially closed, its impact will be felt for many years.

Many organisations have, throughout the years, benefitted from assistance in improving the quality of life.

In Greytown Arcadia has featured high on the list of projects as have local schools. Businesses and craftspeople were able to promote their wares at the extremely popular Window at Umvoti fairs run by Greytown Rotary Club for several years, at Lake Merthley and at King Edward Park.

In the past 40 years a number of young Greytonians gained unforgettable memories and experiences through spending a year as a Rotary exchange student in a number of overseas countries. Conversely local pupils met exchange students from America, Germany, Argentina, Brazil who spent their exchange year at school in Greytown.

Over the past few years the Rotary­ Club of Greytown, with the help of Rotary International, introduced about R2 million into Umvoti’s struggling rural economy through projects which brought lots of hope and improved education to hundreds. Projects included the development of the Thorntree School sports field, toilet blocks at schools which did not have, fresh running water systems for 10 schools, equipping a hospital ward, decorating and equipping a place of safety and many more.

To the Rotarians and all who have benefitted over the past 41 years through the Rotary, “credo service above self” as this obviously still applies.

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