31 Club ladies lead change

2017-08-08 06:00
Photo: suppliedThe 31 Club ladies.

Photo: suppliedThe 31 Club ladies.

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DEDICATED to leading change in Durban and surrounding areas is 31 Club, a registered fund-raising NPO that was started in 1962 by a group of women under the chairmanship of Norma Rattray.

Because the group consisted of 31 female volunteers, the club was named accordingly, and membership remains at a maximum of 31 volunteer members.

31 Club boasts that 98% of funds raised are distributed to carefully selected and monitored charities in KZN, which the club has done for 55 years.

One of the latest projects of 31 Club is the Love Bag Initiative.

“Many elderly people in our community are in dire need of toiletries, which are essential for maintaining one’s dignity and self-esteem,” said Katie Niemann, the club spokesperson.

“We filled 650 Love Bags, which contained basic necessary toiletries as well as a small treat or two. We delivered to the residents of Bill Buchanan, Tafta John Conradie, Natal Settlers, Issy­ Geshen Lamontville and Hillcrest Aids Centre­ Trust, to name a few.”

Newmann said the recipients of the Love Bags showed such gratitude that they decided to continue with the drive.

“We at 31 Club rely on the generosity of the public, and would greatly appreciate donations of toiletries.

“Cash or EFT donations, which will be used to buy toiletries, are also welcome.

“Residents who wish to support this initiative can contact Pam Pace on 083 251 3722 or email pampace@mweb.co.za and we will arrange to collect donated items. Durban central and north residents can contact Ann Osborne on 083 289 3112 or email theoz@mweb.co.za”

The club’s next fund-raising venture is a high tea at Barker Manor in Kloof, which will feature a fashion show by Jenni Button of Philosophy with some designs being on sale. Contact pro@31club.co.za for more information.


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