Supporting Rethink the Bag

Supporting Rethink the Bag

The 3rd of July 2017 was the International No Plastic Bag Day. Our Club is very supportive of the "Rethink the Bag" initiative in Montagu . We spent the day helping to man a table at the entrance to...
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Visit of District Governor

Visit of District Governor

District Governor Lynette Stassen and her husband Koos visited the club on August 16th. They were taken to see some of the club’s projects including the Breede Centre in McGregor and the new kitchen at the Hospice Bram...
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Bridge Day 2017

Bridge Day 2017

This year marks our 7th Bridge Day Fundraiser! As usual we are grateful and very appreciative of the tremendous support we receive each year - not only from all the players...
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Supporting Rethink the Bag

Supporting Rethink the Bag
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The 3rd of July 2017 was the International No Plastic Bag Day.
Our Club is very supportive of the "Rethink the Bag" initiative in Montagu .
We spent the day helping to man a table at the entrance to our local SPAR supermarket where we helped to remind and encourage our community to be more mindful of the harmful effects caused by the increasingly large amounts of plastic waste in our environment.

Support for Breede River Hospice

Support for Breede River Hospice
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In conjunction with the Claremont District 9350 Outreach Grant in Cape Town, our BRW Rotary Club managed to assist our Breede River Hospice with the development of the new HospiceCare@BramCentre in Ashton.

The District Grant of R10,000 plus our Club's contribution of R15,000 meant that we were able to upgrade Patient Comfort & Security in the building - ie. the refurbishment of the patients' TV Lounge, installation of a viewing window between the Sister's Station and the patients as well as TV Room - (R17,494) and also the Sluice Room upgrade ( R7,506)

The transformation since August 2016 when our Club initially visited BRAM Care Centre in Ashton to what has been achieved to date, is so gratifying. Not only is the facility more functional, but the general appearance has impacted positively on the staff attitude and care, and of course general patient well being.
There is now increased awareness amongst Rotarians as to the needs of the HopsiceCare@BRAM Centre and as our Flagship project, we provide ongoing support and have made a further financial donation of R30,000.00 from general fund raising. This was to assist Breede River Hospice to complete further upgrading, bringing this facility up to COHSASSA standards for accreditation in order to maintain its 5 Star status.

We are grateful for all the support which enables us to help our beneficiaries to achieve their goals!

Wordworks

Wordworks
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Wordworks and Rotary partnered to develop the Home-School Partnership programme: Wordworks

This is a Cape Town based NGO which, to quote its website: (www.wordworks.org.za ) “supports early language and literacy learning among children from historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa. By sharing our materials, know-how and enthusiasm with teachers, parents, volunteer tutors and home visitors in a respectful and inclusive way, we seek to ensure that all our children can learn to read and write successfully”.

Our local teachers and creche leaders were trained in Wordworks’ Home School Partnership Programme (HSP) by the programme’s two founders, Brigid Comrie and Cathy Lincoln, who had come from Cape Town to run the course.

The Home-School Partnership Programme empowers parents and caregivers of children aged between three and seven years to support informal learning in the home. Trained facilitators run the seven-week course of workshops for groups of about twenty parents and carers, usually at a creche, preschool or primary school.

The Programme not only helps to foster a culture of learning among families, but also builds stronger relationships between schools and the families they serve. For many parents, it is often the first time they have been encouraged to value their role in their child’s education, resulting in a new confidence and sense of shared endeavour.

The project was funded by the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club from a grant obtained from the Chicago based Rotary Foundation (RF) which also involved generous support from the Rotary Club of Swansea in Wales and the local Rotary International District 9350. The cost of the project was just under US$20,000. It had the enthusiastic support of the Cape Winelands Department of Education.

The project was completed and reported to the RF and to the Department of Education. It is now being developed further in partnership with Wordworks.

Development of our Youth

Development of our Youth
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Our Club has continued, throughout 2016, to promote the development of our region's youth.
Not only has Rotary offered Career Guidance workshops to help learners clarify their future aspirations, they have also sponsored students' attendance at "Leadership" and "Citizenship" Camps.

In the photo (from L to R) are four of the sponsored learners Goliat Bell, Nawaal Nylstroom, Camryn Lekay and Devonia Fortuin from the Langeberg Secondary School in Robertson. Their Principal, Dr Adriaan Landman also attended. Rotarians in the photo: Dr Molly Smit (BRW Rotary President) and Eve Layton.

The Learners were invited to our dinner meeting on 18 October to report back on how the camps had advanced their awareness, skills, insights and values.

BRW Club assists Baden School

BRW Club assists Baden School
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There are 33000 Rotary clubs around the world and they undertake a huge variety of projects, but Breede River Winelands Rotary Club may be the first to build a baboon-proof fence!

Mrs Snyman, the principal at Baden School, explained the problem - “the children are terrorised by a large troop of baboons who come down from the mountains and take a shortcut across the playground, on their way to steal fruit from the local farms”.

Baboon experts at Cape Nature were consulted and they suggested that a high fence topped with razor wire would be the most effective solution. Montagu Agrimark supplied 90 metres of fence wire with posts and razor wire at a discounted price; François Joubert, whose farm “Vaalplaas” is near the school, excavated the post holes and his workers erected the fence, all free of charge. As the fruit ripens the hungry baboons will return, but now they will have to take a detour around the edge of the playground en route to the orchards.

This project was fully funded by the proceeds of the 2015 Rotary Montagu Quiz.
The Rotary Club and the school wish to thank Agrimark and François Joubert for their help and the local businesses and participants who supported the Quiz.


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Rotarians with a group of school learners, teachers as well as Francois Joubert with his group of helpful volunteers who offered their assistance with the building of the fence.

Entrepreneurship Courses

Entrepreneurship Courses
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Our BRW Rotary Club collaborates with the McGregor Breede Skills Centre by assisting their presenter, Pieter Holloway, to identify potential delegates for Entrepreneurship Courses in Montagu

The typical candidate that we look for is any of the following: school leavers who are hardworking, but financially unable to afford attending the courses, yet would benefit from it; and also potential entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their own businesses, but needs the know-how, guidance and support.

The Breede River Winelands Club (Skills Development Project) helps to subsidise some of the delegates who attend these 4 / 5-day courses including the identifying of Mentors to monitor the progress of each of the candidates.

ShelterBox

ShelterBox
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Buy a Box, make a difference!
It's a box, not huge, about big enough to sit on, yet it holds everything one family would need to survive in the aftermath of a natural disaster. That is why it is called Shelterbox. If it were available in the hundreds of thousands it alone could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
It should surprise no one to find out that this brilliant but simple idea has been taken up by Rotary International, is now an unstoppable life saving machine, and the Breede Winelands Rotary Club is putting its promotional muscle behind it.
Every year hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything to disasters of one kind or another, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire and flood. Through no fault of their own and often with no warning, they lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods so that every day becomes a battle for survival.
Give them a Shelterbox, and they would be alright because inside one of these is most of what they desperately need, like a tent, blankets, ground-sheets, water storage and purification equipment, stove, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, solar lamps, basic tools, and other vital items.
The contents are variable, tailored to the needs of the moment and the disaster.
So huge has the project become that it now has an identity of its own, ShelterBox International.
Shelterbox Southern Africa is a new affiliate, based in Paarl, and the operational hub for the African continent.
As an integral part of the ShelterBox family, ShelterBox Southern Africa provides both logistical and fundraising support. Response teams go to work instantly when disaster reports are received. They visit the area, determine what is needed, and get it there as fast as humanly possible.
If anyone would like to make a contribution to the excellent work ShelterBox does, whether it be for the victims in the Phillipine disaster, or flood victims, closer to home, you can contact any Breede River Winelands Rotary member.
You could buy a whole box, some contents, or just give cash. That donation would make you an important part of the effort, and Shelterbox would keep you informed of where your money has gone!

Paarl Rotary ShelterBox
Nedbank
Current Account
Branch: 10191000
Acc no: 1019395524

Whilst a complete ShelterBox costs R8500.00 (as at Nov 2013) any and all
donations will be gratefully received.

All donors will be issued with a box number (shared or otherwise) - they may
"track" their box to its final destination.

Thank you for your interest in our efforts to distribute shelter where it is so desperately needed.

You can also contact Our Breede River Winelands Rotary Club:
Ronel Preston: ronelpreston@breede.co.za
or
our Secretary: Keith Poole : k-mpoole@lando.co.za

To contact ShelterBox Southern Africa, in Paarl, direct:
Telephone: +27 (0)21 872 4063
Email: dave@shelterboxsa.org.za
PO Box 26, Paarl. 7622

GROW - Hospitality Staff Training

GROW - Hospitality Staff Training
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The GROW Skills Development Project (a joint initiative of the Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association and the Breederiver Winelands Rotary Club) held the first of the “Service Excellence” Training Workshops at the Montagu Country Hotel on the 17th July 2013.

Because of the collaborative input by both organisations as well as the services of experienced workshop presenters who have volunteered their skills and knowledge at no cost, the GROW Skills Training Project is able to offer the training FREE of charge to both staff and owners of businesses. A big thank you must also be extended to the Cape Winelands Municipality who has been offering financial support to this project for the 3rd year running.

Initially these workshops are aimed at and for the benefit of Hospitality Industry employees, the aim is plan to expand it to include Front of House Staff, Telephonists, Sales Staff, Petrol Attendants, etc., so that we can collectively offer a more polished ‘Montagu-package’ to our community and visitors alike.
On completion of the one-day course, the Employees are presented with a Certificate of Attendance.

Judging from the feedback received from many of those who attended the first workshop, it appears that not only was a lot of new information gleaned, but that a fun day was had by all the delegates and presenters alike!

For a Gallery of Photos of this event please see:

GROW - Skills Development

GROW - Skills Development
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The GROW Skills Development Project aims to serve as a Skills Training Platform as well as a Marketing Umbrella for individuals, groups and organisations. The main purpose of the activities of this Project is to help people to develop and use their skills (inherent and acquired) in order to help sustain themselves and ultimately to become Self Employed as far as possible.

The Project aims to constantly recruit key individuals who share an interest in community development and who are interested in imparting their knowledge, life experience and skills with others.
Aside from practical skills, the aim is also to focus on Life Skills Training.
We have a richness of talent and a giving spirit amongst the people in our community and the more volunteers we get on board to help, the faster and more effectively our project and community will grow into a self-sustaining one.

The project is a challenging one – we live in tough times when unemployment is escalating by the day (and as a result, crime levels rise with it). Coupled to this, is the continued attitude of entitlement among so many in our community … waiting for handouts instead of a willingness to make an effort by trying to improve their lot themselves. Some are plain disinterested, some genuinely lack skills of any kind and/or simply do not have the confidence to even try.
This is where we hope to make a difference – however small to start with, and however slow the progress: the focus will be solely to Help those with and interest to Help Themselves

OUR GOAL: The goal is to offer direction and guidance to any willing, responsible and committed people from basic training to entrepreneurial, self sustaining businesses. Each contributor will be given the opportunity to follow a basic guide that breaks down the learning of their speciality into a number of “modules” which can then be presented over a period of time. We are seeing this as a co-operative of real life skills.

We have identified many skills that can be taught … skills that could not only assist the individuals attending our workshops, but skills that have been identified as a real need in the community at the same time. It is no good to acquire a skill that leads nowhere and does not offer the individual the potential to earn a sustainable income from it.

Bonnie People

Bonnie People
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One of our main projects is to assist Bonnie People, a community development project in Bonnievale, Western Cape, South Africa. It assists the inhabitants of a "squatter camp" (informal settlement) situated in a little valley on the edge of Bonnievale. The project invests especially in the needs of the children and acts as guardian for the people of the squatter camp.

Bonnie People strives to care for all the children of the settlement at all possible levels, whether it be food, daily care, schooling, clothing, transport, developing social skills, building self-esteem and trust or just simply feeling loved and cared for.

In the short term, the volunteer workers endeavour to:

* expand the Nursery and Kindergarden
* expand the Youth Activities incorporating more formal training
* develop the food-growing project incorporating home gardens in the settlement
* create adult skills training that can lead to entrepreneurship

In the longer term the aim is to

* build a primary school that will teach children in their mother tongue
* develop the settlement into an environmentally appropriate, sustainable community.

The seed for this Project was planted by Rotarian Heidi van der Merwe, a well-respected Bonnievale resident who has spent the last 15 years volunteering her help to surrounding communities.

For more information, see: www.bonniepeople.co.za

BRWRC support for Hospice

BRWRC support for Hospice
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The Breede River Hospice provides palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses in the territory of the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club, situated in a rural area of 1600 sq kms, comprising five towns and a population nearing 100 000. A large proportion of this population is unemployed and many more have extended households living from a single salary.
The Hospice gives care and management to dying people, maximising the quality of life, minimising pain & ensuring human dignity in the last phase of life. This care is offered irrespective of age, gender, religion, race, sex, handicap or financial resources. It deals with cancer, HIV/AIDS, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer's disease, as well as other chronic illnesses, such as recovery after strokes, and frail care.
Care is provided both at patients' homes all over the above per-urban 'territory' - 14 000km are travelled in an average month - in collaboration with the family and their own doctor. At the Hospice headquarters in Robertson nursing, medication, health monitoring and general & bereavement counselling are also available.
At the start of 2009, a team of 11 medical professionals, 17 community care-givers and 10 support staff were servicing over 300 patients. This team was highly skilled and motivated . However the facilities, equipment and transportation, which the staff depended upon for efficient and timely service delivery, were mostly old and inadequate by modern professional health-care standards. Excessive time and effort were wasted , both by professional and support staff, in having to use primitive and old-fashioned management systems, methods and equipment. These factors were having a seriously negative impact on the potential growth of available services, and their efficient delivery, which are demanded by an explosion in patient numbers in the area.
This project aimed to remove these deficiencies by providing a wide range of equipment items.

Support for REAP

Support for REAP
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RCBRW has been working with an organisation called REAP - the Rural Education Access Programme (www.reap.org.za). They identify promising disadvantaged young people (of all racial groups) who are studying for their matric, encourage them to believe that higher education is possible, guide them through application and support them through university or college.

There are many hundreds of young people whose families have no concept of higher education and are too poor to even think of supporting them. Our Rotary club has facilitated REAP's work in the Breede River Winelands area by using the name of Rotary to bring together the Principals and Careers Teachers of our local high schools at a social occasion and inviting the chief executive of REAP, Clairissa Arendse, to talk about their programme. This simplified REAP's access to the schools and they have recruited several promising young people in the few months we have been working with REAP in 2009.

Food Security Development

 Food Security Development
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The Breede River Winelands Rotary Club's Flagship Project is Food Security. Our aim is to assist in the development and support of food security in our region.
The Montagu Food Security Gardens (Sonneblom Gardens) produces quality vegetable produce for the general public and the disadvantaged in need of food. Additionally it supplies vegetable seedlings in the hundreds of thousands to various community programs across the Western Cape of South Africa. Our Rotary Club, together with the Distell Foundation and Claremont Rotary Club, are the Principal sponsors of the program.

Wheelchairs for needy recipients

Wheelchairs for needy recipients
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To date, the club has collected funds and donated a large number of wheelchairs to needy people, including the Montagu Hospital, Hospice, McGregor Family Centre, Bram Care Centre, Uitvlucht Retirement Home and various private individuals in the community.

Emerging young Golfers

Emerging young Golfers
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The Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands (BRW) has recognised the need to give some of our local youth the opportunity to participate in the wonderful game of golf - many aspire to but do not have the means to take part.
To support this goal, the club, with the assistance of a local coach, Barry Preston, decided to take some of the youth under our wing with weekly coaching sessions.
After roughly two years down the line, the progress among the children (most of them senior school learners) is heartwarming to say the least.

Literacy for all

Literacy for all
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The project provides Xhosa-language readers to 160 Xhosa-speaking pupils at 2 lower primary schools in our region, at Ashton (Zolani) and Robertson (Nkqubela) during the first 3 years of school.
The aim is to improve the literacy level, especially in these previously disadvantaged schools in South Africa, where it is very low. The target area is the first three grades of primary school, because then it will have a positive impact all the way through the remainder of a child's school life. Improved literacy will play a crucial role in fighting abject poverty and unemployment.

McGregor Family Centre

McGregor Family Centre
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The McGregor Family Centre provides a pre-school for 25 children and education for another group with severe learning difficulties such as foetal alcohol syndrome and dyslexia. In 2008 they needed to register with the Department of Education but had insufficient toilet facilities. Working jointly with M.F.C. trustee Barbara Jacobs, Rotary BRW upgraded and expanded the sewerage and toilet system to meet the Dept of Ed requirements. Seen in the picture(s) are Past President Ruud De Clercq, Eve Bryant the Centre Manager, and Barbara Jacobs

Leadership weekend

Leadership weekend
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20 Head Boys and Head Girls from local schools enjoyed a weekend at the Eco Impact Centre on the Breede River near Drew. They learnt teamwork in solving problems, they learned about themselves in negotiating high-rope traverses (even the Rotary President did that one!), they had paintball fun, they camped out for the first time in their lives and they made lots of new friends
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