‘ We want to express our thanks to the East London community’
GATELY ROTARIANS handed over a total of R700000 to a number of charity organisations at the Regent Hotel in East London on Tuesday.
The money was collected over the last year, thanks to a variety of fundraising efforts including the annual wine auction (collected R400000), special fundraising for polio eradication (R30000), a leadership development fund (R75000), the Carmel Curlewis Trust for Abused Women and Children (R115000) and growth from the Gately Rotary Trust (R80000).
Incoming president Gavin Ferreira said: “We want to express our thanks to the East London community who supported the wine auction, beating all previous records, and now we are able to donate that money to charity”.
Donations were made for the support of vulnerable and abused women and children, through Masimanyane Women’s Centre, Sophumelela Support Centre and a Safety Net project implemented by the Small Projects Foundation.
Money was also handed to Masithethe Counselling Services (previously Lifeline) for development in skills and experience in peer counselling, to assist with ongoing funding requirements at National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Meals on Wheels and Salem Baby Care Centre, Cansa and St Bernard’s Hospice.
Financial assistance was also given to the Carel du Toit Centre for equipment and appliances for hearing- impaired children. Funds were also donated to Rotary International’s effort to eliminate polio.
They also highlighted a variety of ongoing projects which Gately Rotary carries out including the training of 25 more Early Childhood Development practitioners from disadvantaged areas through ITEC, the enhancement of skills for people caring for the frail; the operation of a warehouse for receiving and distributing food, medical equipment and sanitary products to disadvantaged communities and various leadership development initiatives for young people in the region.
Rotary Anns also handed over R64000 raised through the fundraiser Sittin’ on Top of the World which featured Broadway star Amra- Faye Wright at the Guild Theatre earlier this year. They handed over monies to nine organisations to help with various needs. These included Canaan Care Centre, Silver Crown, City Life Soup Kitchen, Langham House, Pet Pals, McClelland Adult Centre, Berea Gardens Foundation, Khulanathi Homes and King’s Children’s Home.