Black Mountains Chapter
Our Sponsoring Dealership
We have received some lovely feedback from some of our chapter charity work in South Africa.
On behalf of The Rotary Club of Uitenhage South, The Victory Riders Motorcycle club, and most of all the residents of the Lapland Informal Settlement I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the donation of £109 which we received form yourselves. It converted into 2000 Rand and was sufficient to purchase 50 blankets.
The Victory Riders Club also donated blankets, warm clothing and a further sum of money. The Rotary Club sourced a donation of 100 knitted beanie hats and scarves.
Being the other side of the equator our seasons are opposite to those in UK and we were able to distribute everything on Mandela Day, 18th July, before the coldest part of the year.
An informal settlement is where people have nothing to their names and live in small rickety tin shacks with no electricity or amenities. The whole settlement of 200 people does have one standpipe tap at the point where their dirt track leaves the road. Although you may think that Africa is a warm place, here in Uitenhage we certainly get frosts at night, so you can imagine just how cold and forlorn those people get.
Having gathered all the donations the Rotary Club, their wives and a contingent from the local constabulary arrived in the early evening with some cauldrons of piping hot soup, 40 loaves of bread and mugs to serve the soup in, which they could keep. We handed out 200 mugs of soup and via a ticket system all the blankets and clothing. Every household got at least one blanket, there were over 100 clothing packs of assorted size clothing and every kid got a warm beanie and scarf.
The combined help of yourselves and the Victory Riders enabled us to make a real difference in the lives of these destitute people in a way that could help carry them through the coldest part of the winter.
Board Member, The Rotary Club of Uitenhage South