Bags of Love 2015 Appeal

Bringing Basic Food Items and a little Cheer to the Poor at Christmas . . .

November and December each year is Bags of Love time, and we’re hoping for your support again this year. Recipients of the bags are the poorest of the poor – children, the sick and the elderly – who normally rely on the various soup kitchens in Stanford for some nutrition.

During the 2-week break taken by the soup kitchen operators over Christmas and New Year, the Bags of Love are vital, not only to feed the needy at this time but also to bring a small measure of cheer into their otherwise dreary lives.

In Stanford the campaign is driven by the Rotary Club of Stanford and coordinator Lana Coates will ensure that all bags sponsored are distributed in Stanford. It was incredibly heart-warming to hand out 210 Bags of Love last year, thanks to the generosity and kindness of our wonderfully caring Stanford community.

Both the Stanford General Dealer and the Spar have offered to fill the bags at R130. In order to standardize the contents of each bag and so avoid any ill-feeling among the recipients, it is preferable to donate the funds and we will fill the bags for distribution. However, should you prefer to fill your own bag/s and deliver these to Lana’s house, a list of contents will be provided together with empty bags. Should you be unable to fund a full bag but would like to be involved, you are also most welcome to make a donation towards a bag.

If you would like to contribute:

Drop cash off at the Stanford General Dealer and they will fill it for you.

Contact Lana on (028) 341-0349 / 082-216-4398 / and she will collect either the cash of filled bag/s from you

If you are outside South Africa, you can click the DONATE Button at the top of this site and donate via PAYPAL.

Your generosity will be greatly appreciated, and go a long way in helping a poor family enjoy their Christmas, however humble it may be. There is no greater gift than seeing the smile of gratitude or receiving a heartfelt hug from a desperately poor person when they receive a Bag of Love. It’s what Christmas is all about.

Thank you to all who support this worthy campaign.

Lana – President Rotary Club of Stanford

President 2015-16 Induction Dinner

24th June 2015 saw the Induction of Lana Coates as the 2015-16 President of the Rotary Club of Stanford at Yum Eat Cafe.

With Malcolm’s term as President of our Club coming to an end, I was inducted as the new President.

We were honoured to host our incoming District Governor, as well as our outgoing Assistant District Governor for the evening. Stephen Stocks has been appointed an Assistant District Governor for the new year. Also present were members and incoming President of the Hermanus Rotary Club.

I am looking forward to my term of leadership, as well as the support of our Stanford Rotary Team. Together we make a big difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.


Penguin Plunge

20 June 2015 marked the 5th Annual Penguin Plunge in Stanford.

Over 80 Penguins took the Plunge into the cold Klein River which showed a temperature of 14C and were supported by many Chickens who watched from the bankside.

The event raised R6,000 for the Rotary Club of Stanford Soup Kitchens and we thank all those who participated and contributed to a Great Day.

Thanks especially to Peter Ground and his Tribe and Tim Hague for ensuring the safety of all those who were brave  enough to take the plunge. To Springfontein Wine Estate & Springfontein Hospitality for the Hot Chocolate, Gluhwein, and Volunteers and Mosaic Retreat and Graze Cafe for their donations of soup and bread.

Anton, who in previous years organised the event, kindly topped up the amount raised as a penalty for missing this year as he was busy bailing out the European Economy with his SA Travel Allowance.

Gerrie from the Okkie Smuts Koshuis also had a good funds boost after selling around 100 burgers and wors rolls.

Thank you again for your Support – lets get 100 Penguins in 2016.

Winter Warmth June 2015 Part 2

Friday 12th JUNE 2015 saw us distributing warm jerseys to children (and one elderly lady) in need. All the knitted children’s jerseys came in as donations from groups or individuals who knit for charity and we had to purchase a few in specific sizes when we ran out of those sizes. The elderly woman’s was made by a kind-hearted lady in the Village. The Rotary Club of Stanford would like to thank everyone who knitted these absolutely beautiful garments which were obviously made with great love and care. Some of the children were really excited at receiving their warm woollies, and couldn’t wait for their photos to be taken. That joy makes the hard work so very worthwhile. Here is a selection of a few photos taken on the day.


Winter Warmth June 2015 Part 1

On 5th June 2015 we kicked off our annual Winter Warmth project by handing out blankets to the elderly, sick and poor, as well as babies and children. We were very fortunate to have received a donation of baby clothes and hand-knitted jerseys from an organisation in Cape Town, so could pass some of these on to 2 first-time pregnant girls who are destitute. Without the kindness and generosity of our community and charity organisations, this would not have been possible. The recipients are very grateful which is obvious when they hug you, shake your hand or simply smile. Thank you to Jenny and her Family in Focus ladies for their assistance in choosing recipients who are in genuine need. Here is a selection of a few photos taken on the day:

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

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