Apart from Patrick Lees and Pier Myburgh, who run the programme, Carl also invited a number of high powered guests in the hope of getting them interested in becoming donors.
New Dawn obviously hopes that some of those donations will be funnelled through the club so that the money can be used to apply for a global grant, thereby multiplying the effect.
|Patrick Lees and Pier Myburgh (second from right) with the students who came to talk about their experiences|
|Amongst Carl's guests were Angie Chapman, Peter Raubenheimer, Lucy Gush, Peter Gush, Nick Barnes and Craig Clucas|
|Pier Myburgh and Carl Chemaly flank Ben Kruger and Ian Sinton, two more of Carl's guests|
Carl also brought his wife, Jacqui, along. She's involved in fundraising for Realema in a big way.
Representing Realema were Patrick Lees, Pier Myburgh, Susan Crosse, Angie Chapman and Ntsiki Ndumela.
The students were Zibula Dladla, Palesa Leta, Celiwe Magubane, Nxolisi Mangena, Siyabonga Ziqubu and Minenhle Rashama.
|The Realema team consisted of St John's Prep headmaster Adriaen Lees, Pier Myburgh and Susan Crosse|
By the end of this year 12 students will be graduating with another 10 entering the system next year. The plan is to expand away from an exclusively private schools ethos into former Model C state schools such as KES and Jeppe Boys and Girls High. In 2021 even more state schools will be added.
The cost for the 10 children next year will be a whopping R2.8 million.
He emphasised that no new student starts the course, which typically lasts four years, unless funds are guaranteed for all four years.
Students have achieved a pass rate of 90% with well over 30% distinctions, with all the graduates finding full-time teaching positions at top schools.
|Zibula Dladla, who is about to graduate|
|Nxolisi Mangena has started a basketball school for underprivileged children|
|Minenhle Rashama addressing the club and guests|
"If it wasn't for Realema I wouldn't be in this position."
She said the interns feel part of the teaching staff at St. John's and not just interns and would always benefit from the life skills that are part of the training process, even including how to use the correct cutlery at table and how to pour wine.
|Pier Myburgh, Jacqui Myburgh and Angie Chapman|
|Brothers-in-law Japie van Niekerk and Ben Kruger|
|Tony Reddy with Jankees Sligcher and Jacqui Myburgh|
|Helene Bramwell brought Eileen Thornhill along as a guest|
|Future Rotary was represented by Adriaen Sligcher with daughter Josefien and Linda|
Vink with granddaughter Viola
|President Judy Sligcher attended a meeting with fellow presidents Jean Bernardo (Rosebank), Grace van Zyl of the Johannesburg club and Monica Kiwanuka of Johannesburg North Central|
Part of that co-operation is the Quiz Night at the Orchards Bridge Club arranged by the Rotary Club of Johannesburg. New Dawn has taken a table, with one or two spots still available, so speak to Linda Vink if you're able to join us.
It's on Friday 25th October.
A Thought for the Week: The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1849)