Glendower Charity Golf Day Well Supported

Glendower Charity Golf Day Well Supported

 

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The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon charity golf day was held on 23th May 2018 in excellent weather at the spectacular Glendower Golf Course, with much fun being had by all that participated. Knights Pendragon expresses its gratitude to all the sponsors and participants who supported this over subscribed event the proceeds from which will assist the club in making progress with the following key projects:

Chris Hani Baragwanath Paediatric Burns and Intensive Care Unit Upgrade Project

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Paediatric Burns and Intensive Care Unit is a specialist referral facility catering for paediatric burn victims from Gauteng and the North-West province. Some 400 paediatric burns patients are admitted annually, with about 25% requiring specialist intensive care, mainly as a result of open flame burns during the winter months. These patients often endure protracted hospital stays, with multiple theatre visits to clean, debride wounds and place skin grafts. Primary and secondary infections frequently complicate cases and may be life threatening, especially in younger patients. The rehabilitation of these patients is often long-term and challenging, especially when critical areas such as the face, hands, feet and joints are involved. The Rotary club is raising R2.5 million for essential exercise and other equipment to be supplied via the De’Lescaut Children’s Foundation, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO No. 117-896) that serves this paediatric burns unit.

Bethany Home for Abused Women and their Children

Located in Bertrams, Johannesburg, the Bethany Home for Abused Women and their Children is very successful in rehabilitating abused women, physically and mentally, teaching them work/business skills, finding them work and helping them reintegrate into society as contributing citizens. The home is well managed by a dedicated team led by Mrs Bridget Edwards, which achieves a 70% success rate of re-integrating, rehabilitated and self-sufficient women into society. Bethany Home is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO No. 001-362) which offers sponsors and donors the benefit of Section 18A tax certificates and corporate BBBEE scorecard credits. The Rotary club is raising RK60 necessary for internal painting, replacement of gutters and downpipes as well as the glazing and painting the windows of the home.

 

 

June Rotary Monthly Theme – Rotary Fellowships
Glendower Golf Club, Charity Golf Day -23rd May 2018

Glendower Golf Club, Charity Golf Day -23rd May 2018

 IN AID OF THE CHRIS HANI BARAGWANATH PEADIATRIC BURNS UNIT UPGRADE PROJECT, BETHANY HOME FOR ABUSED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN AND OTHER CHARITY PROJECTS

Participation in this event offers the following benefits:

  • Playing the Glendower Golf Club championship course.
  • A R100 000 prize for the first golfer to score a Hole-in-One on the 6th Hole.
  • An American Scrambles Drive on all par 4’s and par 5’s.
  • Standard Longest Drive and Nearest-the-Pin competitions.
  • Mulligans can be purchased for the day.
  • Entertainment by well-known comedians, Tony Stewart and Mel Miller, before the prize giving.
  • Green fees, halfway house, prizes and dinner included in the 4-Ball entry fee.

To participate, please download and complete the Registration Form and send it to Bill Brunjes at the email address on the form. If you have any queries, please contact us on this link.

Please assist Rotary in fundraising for this worthy cause by taking one of our sponsorship options or making a donation, as follows:

Main Sponsor:           R50 000 entitles the Main sponsor to:

  • Naming rights for the day
  • Two 4-balls including playing fees, halfway house, prize giving and dinner.
  • The right to place promotional material around the course – with the exception of the holes.
  • The right to place promotional material around the Club House and in the function room.
  • Inclusion in all promotional material for the event.
  • Recognition at the prize giving

Key Sponsors:           R20 000 entitles each Key sponsor to:

  • One 4-ball including playing fees, halfway house, prize giving and dinner.
  • The right to place promotional material on a tee.
  • The right to place promotional material around the Club House and in the function room.
  • Inclusion in all promotional material for the event
  • Recognition at the prize giving

Participating Sponsors:       R6 000 entitles each Participating sponsor to:

  • One 4-ball including playing fees, halfway house, prize giving and dinner.
  • The right to place promotional material on a tee.
  • The right to place promotional material in the function room.
  • Recognition at the prize giving.

General Sponsors:                R3 000 entitles each General sponsor to:

  • The right to place promotional material on a tee.
  • The right to place promotional material in the function room.
  • Recognition at the prize giving.

Halfway House Sponsor       R10 000 entitles the sponsor to:

  • The right to place promotional material on the patio, particularly at the halfway house.
  • The right to place promotional material in the function room.
  • Recognition at the prize giving

 Hole-in-One Competition Sponsor: R5000 entitles the sponsor to:

  • The right to place promotional material on the 6th Tee
  • The right to place promotional material in the function room.
  • Recognition at the prize giving

Putting Green Competition Sponsor:         R5 000 entitles the sponsor to:

  • The right to place promotional material on the putting green.
  • The right to place promotional material in the function room.
  • Recognition at the prize giving

Prize Donations:        Donors may brand donated prizes and will receive recognition at the prize giving.

Any donation of four prizes per fourball and/or individual prizes for the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin competitions will be most gratefully received.

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. We will gladly discuss sponsors participation that needs tailoring for a specific requirement.
  2. Section 18A tax certificates for sponsorships and Black Beneficiaries affidavits in terms of the BBBEE Codes of Practice can be provided to corporate sponsors for BBBEE scorecard purposes, on request. Section 18A certificates cannot be provided for 4-ball entry fees.
  3. All advertising is to be erected by 10am and removed by 5pm on 23rd May 2018. You will be advised of your advertising location by 15th May 2018, subject to receipt of the sponsorship.

CHARITY SUPPORT ONLY

If you are unable to participate in the golf day but wish to assist Rotary in its support of the De’Lescaut Children’s Foundation’s upgrade project for the Chris Hani Baragwanath Paediatric Burns and Intensive Care Unit or Bethany Home for Abused Women and their Children or one of our other charity projects, your donation will be most gratefully received. Please make your payment to  The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon, Standard Bank, Isando Branch Code 012542, account no. 02 279 6681.  (Ref. Golf Day – Contact Name).

Please advise Bill Brunjes of your payment by sending a message to the Fundraising Director via the contact form on this link.

Successful Burns Night Supper Fundraiser
Rotary February Monthly Theme : Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution

Rotary February Monthly Theme : Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution

Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of Rotary’s peace centres.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centres program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations and are working in over 100 countries

  • Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
  • Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.

Peace fellowship applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Proficiency in English; a second language is strongly recommended
  • Demonstrated commitment to international understanding and peace
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
  • Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background

 

 

Wed 24th January 2018

Wed 24th January 2018

Burns Night Supper Fundraising Evening

The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon invites friends and supporters of our charities to attend this gala fundraising event on Wednesday, 24th January 2018, at 6:30pm for 7:00pm, at The Belgravia Bowling Club, 56 Florence Road, Bedfordview. 

TICKETS: R300 per head for the event which includes Dinner, Pipers, a Robbie Burns poetry recital, Haggis, a Whisky Tasting and the Charity Auction.

DRESS CODE: Formal with a touch of tartan.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Please email your enquiry to  Bill Brunjes, email: billbrn@tiscali.co.za tel: 082 443 1519 or Andy Stevenson

SUPPORTED CHARITIES: 

Baragwanath Hospital Paediatric Burns Unit upgrade to world class standards which will drastically reduce current rates of mortality: The club is striving to raise R2 million for the upgrading of essential equipment and facilities used in the rehabilitation of young burns patients of which some 400 are admitted to the unit each year.

Bethany Home for abused women and their children: A rehabilitation home to 54 women and their children in Bertrams, Johannesburg. The club provides basic groceries, cleaning materials and basic health care products on an ongoing monthly basis and has recently undertaken a R600 000 essential maintenance project on the buildings.

Rotary Foundation: Rotary Foundation is a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. Funds raised through contributions by Rotary clubs and other donors are channelled through strictly controlled Global and District grants to do club projects, both locally and with Rotary clubs beyond our borders. Polio Plus is such a project, carried out in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which is focussed on eradicating Polio from the world.

Youth Leadership Training: This annual 3 day training camp for grade 11 pupils with leadership potential who are drawn from some 20 schools and a diverse socioeconomic spectrum, is fully funded by the club at the cost of some R80,000/annum. Sponsorship of this project, now in its 26th year, is being sought.

Eliminating the Poliomylitis Virus

Eliminating the Poliomylitis Virus

PolioPlus – A Rotary Foundation Project

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. Most know it as the poliovirus which is spread from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.

Polio Plus is a Rotary Foundation project aimed at vaccinating vulnerable children globally, to immunize them from contracting the Poliomylitis virus. The Rotary effort to eradicate the Poliovirus started in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Phillipines, the project rook on global proportions and became known as PolioPlus when in 1985 a target of Million was set to raise funds for this eradication effort. Progress has been significant and since 1988 the project has successfully reduced the global incidence of Poliovirus cases by 99.9%.

By 2009 Rotary’s overall contribution to this Poliovirus eradication effort nears the million mark In January, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged million to PolioPlus and issued Rotary a challenge grant of million i.e. Rotary needed to raise the million to receive the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation monies and secure a combined million in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary achieved their million fundraising target in 2012, some 5 months ahead of the target date.

In 2017, there are only 3 countries from which the Poliovirus is yet to be eliminated. The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon supports the PolioPlus with annual contributions towards the costs of this significant immunization project.  Knights Pendragon seeks community minded donors to assist us in contributing this global effort.

If you are able to assist Knights Pendragon with a donation to assist this project achieve its aim, please contact our Fundraising Director.

Charity Feature – Cresset House

Charity Feature – Cresset House

The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon supports many charities, not necessarily chosen due to their proximity to our Edenvale/Bedfordview meeting place, but on the fit between the needs of the Charity with the club member’s skills and resources that can be applied in making a positive contribution.  

Cresset House, based in Glen Austin, Midrand, Gauteng, is a community which provides a ‘home away from home’ for adults living with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1961, both residential and day facilities are provided in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment with the vision of enabling the highest possible degree of fulfillment for every villager, both as an individual and as a member of our community while upholding integrity towards our villagers, their families and the greater communities.

There are approximately 50 villagers at Cresset House who live in 6 houses on the property.   In each house there is a house parent, a co-worker and a domestic worker.   There is a workshop where the villagers work on contracts such as packing shower caps, soaps etc. into boxes for hotels, these both stimulate the villagers and bring a small amount of income into the village.   Those who can’t manage the contract work are included in another stimulation group where they colour in pictures or do puzzles under supervision.   Cresset House did have a large organic vegetable garden under agricultural tunnels which they helped the villagers take care of, but due to the 2016 drought and an influx of rabbits these are no longer viable.   Some villagers work outside of the village and there is also a woodworking area where some of the villagers can make simple items such as bread boards.

The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon supports Cresset House through the purchase of “Casual Day” stickers and occasional meeting of particular needs.  The Casual Day sticker income is shared between 12 national beneficiary organisations, including the SA Federation for Mental Health, of which Cresset House is a member. In addition to the funds that flow from Casual Day, the Cresset House Support Group, consisting of parents, siblings and friends of the villagers also raise funds towards whatever is needed for the village. Last year water bottles were acquired for each house and the workshops, however, over the years the Casual Day income has also been used towards LED emergency lights for the houses, Christmas presents, a Christmas in July lunch, smoke alarms in the houses, mattress cleaning, a dishwasher in the Coffee Bar where a lot of functions take place, trips to the zoo etc.  With no official fundraiser, meeting the needs of the village are largely dependent on what the Cresset House Support Group secure from fundraising.

To learn more about Cresset House, offer assistance or make a donation, please go to “Contact Us” at http://cresset.org.za/

Gift Ngwenya Honoured by Rotary

Gift Ngwenya Honoured by Rotary

Gift Ngwenya, voted number one auctioneer in South Africa by his peers in 2017 was recently presented with a Paul Harris recognition award by the Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon, based in Edenvale.   Gift is a Director at auction house, Auction Nation.   Since 2012 the Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Newlands and Table Bay, has run Wine Auctions in Johannesburg to raise funds for the replacement and refurbishment of essential equipment for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).   During this time, Gift has donated his time and expertise as the auctioneer for this annual fundraiser. It is largely as a result of Gift’s skill in auctioneering that the Club has managed to raise over R750 000.00 for the NSRI.

Gift was born in KwaZulu Natal, but moved to Zimbabwe at a very early age.   Orphaned at that early age, and from very humble beginnings, he was able to excel in the arts and sport at one of the top schools in Harare, culminating in his playing Craven Week rugby for Zimbabwe.   After school he began his career in auctioneering, becoming the youngest auctioneer at Zimbabwe’s largest tobacco sales floor.   Thoroughbred horse auctioneering and horse racing commentating followed.   After a brief spell in Glasgow, Scotland where the Scottish weather got the better of him, he returned to South Africa.   Stints at major South African auction houses followed before Gift and colleagues founded Auction Nation.

In person, Gift Ngwenya is a humble, people and community oriented gentleman.   A man who doesn’t forget his roots and one who is very quick to help “those less fortunate than himself.   A very worthy recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris recognition award.

Knights Pendragon Supports Casual Day