The rain stayed away long enough yesterday afternoon to make for a very relaxing New Dawn picnic, the final function of a very busy and notable Rotary year.
About 30 people joined in at Marks Park in Emmarentia, a solid turnout for the time of the year and all the new Omicron fears, at the beginning of the festive season.
There was much to celebrate and in typical New Dawn fashion, celebrate we did.A jubilant Carol Stier celebrates
First up, the very first winner of the Power of Pennies was drawn. Around R10000 was collected from club members and friends for the first four months of this fundraiser that is aimed at keeping the club coffers full in the absence of the more usual efforts in the pre-Covid world.
Carol Stier, who coincidentally was the very first person to sign up, was the lucky winner of a R5000 guaranteed prize to mark the first draw. If that isn't an incentive to sign up (contact Sarah de La Pasture to do so) then I don't know what is.
Sarah put in a lot of effort to ensure the first draw was a success.Linda Vink handing over the raffle prize to Jankees Sligcher
Jankees handing the hamper to Paul Kasango after donating it
The second big winner for the evening was Jankees Sligcher, who won the raffle prize of a hamper worth R1500 donated by Linda Vink and Carol Stier.
Jankees had no sooner taken possession of it than the spirit of Rotary giving took hold of him and he handed it over to Paul Kasango, to donate to the deserving staff at Woodside Sanctuary as an early Christmas gift.
The third winner was Janice Angove. The prize of a hamper was meant for the best picnic spread but our judge and MC for the evening, Graham Donet, decided that because the competition was so stiff, he would award it to the best home made dish as part of a deserving spread. The prize went to Janice for her delicious looking Christmas stuffing cake.President Cyril Ramaphosa's book
Graham also auctioned a parcel of books donated by Amina Frense and Ronnie Kasrils. The couple couldn't be at the picnic because Ronnie was a the official launch of his latest book, International Brigade Against Apartheid. He donated two copies for the auction.
Another offering was the magnificent Cattle of the Kings, the story of Ankle cattle in South Africa by President Cyril Ramaphosa, here in his guise as cattle rancher. The books raised almost R3000 and the club pocketed almost R7000 in total for the evening.The Atkins family and friends on the verandaHelene Bramwell, Adele Dabbs and friends tucking in