Hats off then to projects that came across New Dawn's path in recent weeks and in the main seem to be running very successfully.
|No, it's not a car boot sale, it's members of the AEC with donated food parcels|
To recap: The AEC helps children in Alexandra with bursaries to get them through school (this includes primary and high school) and give them a chance to become useful, contributing citizens in a world where the odds are stacked against them.
|The streets of Alexandra, a mass off seething humanity at the best of times|
One of our recent recruits to the club, Paul Channon, retired headmaster of The Ridge School in Westcliffe in Johannesburg and well-known in charity circles, chairs the AEC and has proved to be a very hands-on member.
When the lockdown started, the AEC soon realised that many of the students they deal with, were going hungry and they started organising help. A few steps later they worked out that the easiest would be to provide financial help to the households where the kids were in lockdown and it was more or less at this stage that New Dawn became involved. The kids have to, of course, provide proof that they used the money to buy groceries and other essentials.
|Packing food parcels for the families in Alexandra|
This led to a collection amongst club members (and associates and friends) under the banner of Sondla Abantwana (Taking Care of Children) which has so far raised R65000 that we could pay over to the AEC. There'll be another payment of R15000 today thanks to a donation of R11400 from Nick Bell's club, the Rotary Club of Holt and District in England. The promised R25000 from the Rotary Club of Linda Westallgäu in Southern Germany, arranged by Nikolaus Turner and Christoph Plate, should be in by next week, increasing the New Dawn total to more than R105000. Not bad!
Paul says the AEC has raised about R725000 in total thus far, making our contribution more than 10%, no mean feat.
This covers 9-10 weeks, including the last two weeks of April, the whole of May and the beginning of June.
|Rotary New Dawn in Action in Alexandra|
|Daniel Ledwaba of the AEC (standing with a mask on) overseeing the food parcels|
Dear Mr Channon
I would like to thank you and the AEC family for everything you have done for us I mean the masks, food parcels and providing us with data. I know few words won't really show how me and my family appreciate the work of you and your team. Thanks a million for everything you have done.
Dear Mr Ledwaba
Thank you to the AEC for the food support money you have sent us. You will never know how much this was needed - this is a great help. We appreciate you help with this and the learning. God bless you and your team. Mbuso Msimang's Mother
Thank you, and the AEC at large. You are really taking care of our children. Just received another amount of R500. Thank you very much. May God increase the AEC capacity at large.
Paul told the meeting last week that the AEC had also now received over R200000 in food parcels which they have been distributing to the needy families. They also help the kids with data so that they can study and take part in online learning classes.
|Santaco officials with sanitiser sprayers for taxi ranks in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria|
The first deliveries of Rotary branded sanitising bottles and sanitisers to help keep taxis and taxi ranks spotless and virus free, were delivered to the taxi organisation Santaco a few weeks ago and have been finding its way to taxi ranks to great accolades from those tasked with handing it out.
|A sprayer in action|
|Sanitiser by the barrel|
Birthdays in May: Today: Ava Fenn (3), Graham and Joan Donet's second grandchild. Tomorrow: Sam Deverneuil (36), their eldest daughter, and Karlien Kruger (60). Sunday: Ex-member John Vink (35). 22 May: Graham Donet (66) and 31 May: Christoff Plate (59).
If I've left you out, my apologies, but let Joan Donet or me know your date of birth.
Brag for the Blog: I didn't have to use a single screen-grab photograph for this week. I'll use the opportunity to ask members to please send me photographs to use, especially if they are of Rotarians In Action.
For the blog next week there should be photographs of either chickens or eggs (we don't know which came first) as we'll be telling the story of the donation of 2000 eggs a week that Jankees Sligcher organised for the Salvation Army, following a request from Carin Holmes.
A Thought for Yet Another Lockdown Week: If you destroy a free market you create a black market. If you make ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. - Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)