Fishermen, runners get set for annual fundraiser

2019-10-16 06:00

THE annual G911 bass fishing competition is being held on Saturday, October 19 at the Jondol Dam in Greytown (S29° 6’ 13.5” E 30° 41’4.2”). Registration is at 5 am with lines in at 5.30 am. The entrance fee is R120 for seniors and R70 for competitors 12 years old and under.

The first prize is R4 000 for the longest bass and, to add to the excitement, there will be a swindle entry (for R30 extra) — this entry has proved to be very popular over the last few years. There will be other prizes up for grabs too.

Food will be on sale by Arcadia Home for the Aged and the Catholic Church and there will be a cash bar available.

This year, the trail run/walk at this event is being organised by Arcadia and there are two distances: 5 km and 10 km. Registration is at 7.30 am and the start is at 8 am. The cost per person will be R40 for the 5 km and R60 for the 10 km, pupils can enter for R20. All proceeds will go to Arcadia for the refurbishment of their lounge area.

The Golf 911 centre was established in 1998 by the farming community as a result of violent attacks on Umvoti community members.

The Umvoti G911 centre is an apolitical, non-profit, voluntary organisation, based in Greytown, that serves the community of Umvoti as a whole. Their main function is to be a liaison between SAPS, the Road Traffic Inspectorate, the Fire Department (including Firehawk for fire detection among the farming community), ambulance services, Eskom, Telkom, the municipality, local farmer’s associations, businesses, and private security firms. Members of the public and the farming community need only phone or radio the centre with an emergency or problem and the necessary will be done. The call centre is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The centre relies entirely on the community for its funding with townsfolk, businesses and farmers subscribing at a nominal monthly fee.

This fundraiser is organised annually by the Umvoti Agricultural Society (UAS) to raise funds for this valuable organisation that our community has at their “beck and call” when assistance is required.

Over the past few years, this annual fundraiser has raised a generous amount of funds from donations and the entrance fees from the competition for the local G911 centre in Greytown. The funds that have been collected have enabled a Licence Plate Recognition System to be installed in the Greytown area. This is an integrated security surveillance system that incorporates military-grade applications.

The cameras were installed in mid-February this year and to date have resulted in numerous vehicles being picked up on this system, leading to an impressive amount of arrests.

This system benefits everyone in the Umvoti community. Through the local community and business communities’ support, the UAS and G911 have been able to implement this system.

We hope that this year’s event and the trail run/walk will be well supported by our community. — Supplied.

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