The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon have taken on supporting role at Legae la Nnete, located in the Muldersdrift area. The centre currently houses 26 residents who are committed to learning to manage their various addictions and gain income earning skills in order to put their lives on a sustainable path to their returning to mainstream community life as positive, contributing citizens.
On 12th May 2018, the club members, friends and family congregated at the Legae la Nnete farm to plant an orchard of 20 high yielding fruit trees, comprising peach, apple, plumb, apricot and lime trees, as well as some grape vines. All of the plants having been donated by Ryans and Eckards Nurseries of Bedfordview. In addition, the appropriate fertiliser and information on the planning, planting and ongoing maintenance of these trees was given to the farm management.
The orchard planting project is part of a world-wide Rotary initiative, started by Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, whereby each of the 33,000 Rotary clubs around the world, have been asked to include the planting of a tree in a project to raise global awareness of the need to “Preserve Planet Earth”. The need for this awareness, as past UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it, is because “There can be no Plan B, because there is no Planet B”. Our planet belongs to all of us, our children and their children. It is therefore for all of us to protect and for all Rotarians to make a difference.
After the trees had been planted, the club members did a tour of the farm to see the extent of the farming and industries that the management and residents have established to ensure the sustainability of the farm for future resident’s needs.
A further highlight of the day was the honouring of Gordon Dewar, founder and manager of Legae la Nnete, in recognition for his sustained, dedication over many years to helping those less fortunate. Gordon was recognised for his compassion and efforts with the award of a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary District Governor, Jankees Sligcher.
To top off the significant events of the day, a hearty potjie lunch and good fellowship was enjoyed by all.
The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon expresses its gratitude to Ryans and Eckards Nurseries, as well as the friends and family of the members who made the planting of this orchard possible.