Rotary dinner brings in the fun

2018-02-21 06:00
Rotarian Glynn Harborth presents Miranda Barnard with the R500 meal voucher from The Cookhouse by Nicholsons that she won in the raffle.PHOTOS:supplied

Rotarian Glynn Harborth presents Miranda Barnard with the R500 meal voucher from The Cookhouse by Nicholsons that she won in the raffle.PHOTOS:supplied

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A HEALTHY R6 000 was raised by the Rotary Club of Hilton and Howick at its Valentine’s supper theatre flamenco evening, which will be used to help the club inspire 25 Midlands teachers by providing them with study bursaries.

More than 130 people arrived at the Howick Agricultural Hall to enjoy the evening of dance, prizes and good fun.

The barnyard-style dinner event allowed guests to take their own picnic suppers, which were perfectly complemented by the coffees of The Barn Owl Coffee.

Before the event commenced, Gary Steynberg of HiQ Howick, arrived with a crate stuffed with prizes for the guests.

Added to other prizes collected by the Rotarians, this ensured great fun was had as guests were quizzed on the club’s upcoming project and participated in a heads and tails coin-toss competition.

After club president Maurice Wilkinson welcomed the guests, the dancers from Alma Flamenca took over and enthralled the audience with their passionate and fiery dance routines that echoed throughout the hall.

At the main interval, Rotarian and ECD project champion Grant Edkins took a moment to speak seriously about a project that the club is undertaking.

According to the Stats SA figures of 2011, only 18% of the 9 751 children (five years or younger) living in the Umgeni Municipality attend any formal early childhood development (ECD) centre.

This is a shocking figure as children who have the key early childhood skills developed have an 80% or higher chance of passing Grade 12.

To educate a young person effectively, it all needs to start properly in the 0 to six-year phase, otherwise the building blocks for further development are missing.

It is also a fact that a solid and established education infrastructure helps reduce the occurrence and incidences of crime, violence, poverty, abuse and disease within communities.

With this in mind, the Rotary Club of Hilton and Howick has confidently undertaken the enormous task of raising funds to inspire 25 passionate ECD teachers by providing bursaries to fund their NQF Level 5 ECD studies.

This course will take two years to complete.

The club is working to obtain a grant from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, which has more than 1,2 million members and more than 34 000 clubs worldwide, to help fund the project.

As the project is sustainable and will have measurable outcomes over the years, the club hopes to have the funding in place to begin training next year.

However, The Rotary Foundation will only part-fund the project so the club and its partners will commit to raising at least 50% of the costs.

If you want to be involved in, hear more about the Rotary Club of Hilton and Howick or wish to contribute towards it’s projects, fundraising and/or its events, please contact: Howard Richardson (club secretary) at 033 343 2884 or e-mail howardr@clubafr or Rotary president Maurice Wilkinson at 033 343 1033 or e-mail info@may

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