Second Swop Shop Open

Stanford Rotary’s second Swop Shop was opened on the 25th February in Stanford South.

We recently started this project which works on the principle of “swopping” recyclable rubbish collected by the youth of Stanford in exchange for school stationery e.g. pencils, crayons, exercise books and second hand uniform items.  The project serves two purposes:  to clean up the local settlements, thereby improving the health of a very poor community, and to instil a culture whereby they recognize that, through the children’s efforts they can exchange rubbish for much needed items and thereby get away from the “give-give” culture.

The Rotary Club of Stanford has been amazed by the support from volunteers and the community for this project.  We have the backing of the Stanford Municipal Offices and they provide the transport and recycling facilities for the rubbish collected.

We initially started this project at a satellite informal settlement but such is the demand that we have been able to open a second “shop” in Stanford South, thereby allowing more villagers to benefit from both a cleaner environment and the rewards that participation brings which otherwise would be unaffordable.

This Project is funded by Stanford Rotary, the Rotary Club of Claremont and The Rotary Club of Essen-Sud in Germany and the Project Leader is Elma Hunter of Stanford Rotary.

23 February – Rotary’s 110th Birthday

23 February 2013 marked Rotary’s 110th Birthday and the Rotary Club of Stanford were fortunate to spend the day with visiting Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Knoxville Tenn. USA.

After visiting many of our Projects that their club had sponsored, it was time for a celebratory lunch at Madre’s Kitchen in Stanford.

During the lunch three Stanford members were presented with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards by Townes Lavidge of Knoxville Rotary. The recipients were: Ansie Reitsma, Malcolm Bury and Stephen Stocks.

Rotary Knoxville also presented a cheque for $1,000 to Rotary Stanford President Malcolm Bury for use in Club Projects

And we had Rotary 110 Cup Cakes for Dessert !


Library Reading Books

Working with the Rotary Club of Knoxville Tenn. USA, we have been able to distribute $1,000 worth of reading books to local school libraries.

Beneficiaries included Okkie Smuts Primary, Die Bron Primary, Star Literacy, Fynbos Acadamy and Flower Valley Pre-School.

Knoxville Rotary Members assisted with the handover and also visited some of the previous projects that their club funded including Buzzy Beez, Okkie Smuts Koshuis, Die Bron and Food 4 Thought.

Stationery 2015

As in the past, the new school year is time for our annual stationery delivery. This project is funded by Solar Jar Sales.

This year also saw a large donation from the Rotary Club of Derwentside  (District 1030) England to purchase school stationery for Masikane Primary School in Gansbaai.


Bags of Love Distribution

Bags of Love Distribution Dec 2014

Many thanks to all who made this possible through donations and to Lana who ran the Project

Bags of Love Appeal 2014


… Christmas Cheer for the Needy …

Bring Basic Food Items to the Poor at Christmas …

With only about 7 weeks before Christmas, folk are planning their gifts and delicious meals to be shared with family and friends.

In Stanford, South Africa, there is a large community of very poor and needy folk, who have nothing to look forward to at Christmas – not even a basic meal and certainly no trimmings.  These are the poorest of the poor – children, the sick and the elderly – who rely on soup kitchens in Stanford for basic nutrition.  However, the soup kitchens close for 2 weeks over the Christmas holidays making the Bags of Love campaign absolutely vital.  Not only to feed the needy at this critical time but also by bringing a small measure of cheer into their lives.

The Rotary Club of Stanford will again drive the Bags of Love campaign this year and coordinator Lana Coates will ensure that bags collected will be distributed in Stanford.  We have the full cooperation of Stanford churches and Social Services Groups who, while working on the ground, provide lists and addresses of those in genuine need.

Through the generosity of many caring people, not only in South Africa but abroad as well, it was incredibly heart-warming to hand out 220 Bags of Love last year.  Our target for 2014 will be closer to 250.

The cost to fill a bag is R145 – around US$ 13.  Should you wish to contribute to this vital cause, you can make a donation into the Rotary Club of Stanford’s bank account, via PayPal, and we will fill the bags on your behalf. 

Simply go onto our website – – click on the “Donate” button on the top right hand side, and this will take you directly to our PayPal account.  Details are already filled in, so all you have to do is put in the amount you’re donating and your personal details.  Please be sure to reference that your donation is for Bags of Love in order for it to be allocated correctly.  Once that’s done, email me with your contact details so that I can follow up from our side. 

Your generosity will be greatly appreciated, and go a long way in helping a poor family enjoy their Christmas.  There is no greater gift than seeing a smile of gratitude on the face of a desperately poor child or elderly person.

Please pass this appeal on to others in your circle of associates, family and friends.

Yours most sincerely

Lana Coates

Project Leader – Bags of Love

Secretary Rotary Club of Stanford





Rotary Recycling Swap Shop

Swap1Rotary Swap Shop Open

One Thursday afternoon about a month ago, a splash of colour appeared at the admin. buildings of the informal settlement at Die Kop. Children carrying shopping bags full of recyclable waste began to queue at the gate, patiently waiting their turn to go into the “Treasure Chest.” The reason? Word had got around that if you brought all the recyclable waste that you could find in one or more plastic shopping bags, you could join the line into the treasure room, and for one bag of stuff, you could swop it for a beanie, a pencil and a rubber, or a T-shirt, a small toy doll, a picture-book and more! The queue had been given a short talk by Johan van Taak , Overstrand Refuse Manager, showing them how a small plastic bottle would become transformed into a large Coca Cola bottle, and plastic cast-offs could be transformed in various ways in the recycling factory, instead of just being dumped into a land-fill.

You can help, donations are needed in order for this wonderful idea to go from strength to strength. Appeals will be sent to large companies, but we rely heavily on what you as Stanfordians can give. We are looking for :


  • Jeans and shoes for boys and girls of all ages
  • “Hoodies” and other warm clothing
    • White school shirts, grey shorts and longs/ navy  or maroon skirts for the girls

     All of the above to be clean and in good repair, please.

    • Stationery including ballpoint pens, crayons, rubbers, rulers, notebooks
    • Toys, bags, peaked caps, etc. as well as anything you deem would appeal to adults as well as the children.


    Monetary donations can be sent to Rotary Club of Stanford

  • FNB Account 623 559 796 95 Branch Code 250 655
    Or via the PayPal Donate Button on this page for our overseas friends

New Stanford President – Malcolm

The Rotary Club of Stanford held their Induction Dinner for Malcolm Bury who is the new President for 2014-15

Graze Café wowed us with a wonderful dinner











President Malcolm and outgoing President Stephen

Malcolm PP Stephen 




Winter Warmth 2014

The Stanford Rotary 2014 Winter Warmth blanket and bed sock distribution is complete

Every year, Stanford Rotarians mobilise the community to donate blanket or funds to allow us to help those in need.

This year, blankets, bed socks and baby blankets were distributed.

Many thanks to those who supported our campaign and to Rotarian Lana Coates who co-ordinated the project.



New Table – Fynbos Akademie

Table Fynbos

Rotary Stanford presented a new table to Fynbos Akademie so the boarders could sit around and do homework and play in the evenings.

Many thanks to the maker of the table for his help in making this happen.

Malcolm & Lana handed over the table on behalf of Rotary Stanford



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