Funds raised sup­port many

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GATELY Ro­tary Club re­cently do­nated R850000 to var­i­ous char­i­ties around East Lon­don.

“The peo­ple of East Lon­don re­sponded gen­er­ously to sup­port Gately’s an­nual fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“The re­sult – R850 000 over the last 12 months,” Gately Ro­tary spokesman Butch Coet­zee said.

Each year, the raised funds are awarded to a care­fully se­lected range of or­gan­i­sa­tions and projects that meet some of the many needs in so­ci­ety.

This year, do­na­tions were made to­wards:

●Sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble, abused women and chil­dren through Masi­manyane Woman’s Cen­tre, So­phumelela Sup­port Cen­tre and a Safety Net project be­ing im­ple­mented by the Small Projects Foun­da­tion;

● De­vel­op­ment of skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in peer coun­selling through Ma­sithethe (pre­vi­ously Life­line);

● On­go­ing fund­ing re­quire­ments of the Na­tional Sea Res­cue In­sti­tute (NSRI), Meals on Wheels and Salem Baby Care Cen­tre;

● Care for peo­ple who deal with can­cer through Cansa and pal­lia­tive care through St Bernard’s Hos­pice and;

● Equip­ment and ap­pli­ances that Carel du Toit Cen­tre for Hear­ing Im­paired Chil­dren uses to en­hance its sup­port ser­vices.

A con­tri­bu­tion was also made to Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s global ef­fort to elim­i­nate po­lio from the earth – and there are only two coun­tries to go.

“In ad­di­tion, there are ma­jor projects which have been ini­ti­ated by the Gately Club, and for which there is on­go­ing man­age­ment and over­sight by club mem­bers,” Coet­zee said.

These en­tail:

● En­hanc­ing skills for peo­ple who care for frail, aged peo­ple in the metro;

● Op­er­at­ing a ware­house for re­ceiv­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of foods, med­i­cal equip­ment and san­i­tary goods to dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple;

● Var­i­ous lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives for young peo­ple in the re­gion and;

● Train­ing of another batch of 25 Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment (ECD) prac­ti­tion­ers from dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas through ITEC – in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other East Lon­don and in­ter­na­tional Ro­tary Clubs.

This has been Gately’s flag­ship project over the last three years, with some R3-mil­lion spent on the train­ing of 50 ECD prac­ti­tion­ers.

More than half of the fund­ing has been mo­bilised from Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s Global Grant fa­cil­i­ties, as well as other in­ter­na­tional Ro­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

A por­tion of the do­na­tions are made to char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions in the winelands from which do­na­tions of wine for the an­nual auc­tion are re­ceived.

“Dis­burse­ment de­ci­sions are made by a com­mit­tee within the club that con­sid­ers the needs of ben­e­fi­ciary or­gan­i­sa­tions and the im­pact that the do­na­tion would make at grass­roots and on the sus­tain­abil­ity of the ben­e­fi­ciary or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Coet­zee said.

The funds for the do­na­tions come from the an­nual wine auc­tion pro­ceeds (+-R400 000), spe­cial fundrais­ing for po­lio-erad­i­ca­tion (R30 000), a spe­cial Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Fund (R75 000), the Carmel Curlewis Trust for Abused Women and Chil­dren (R115000) and growth from the Gately Ro­tary Trust (R80000).

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

WEL­COME BOOST: Gately Ro­tary Club mem­bers with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from some of the many char­i­ties and projects in the East Lon­don area that were re­cently handed funds that were raised by the club over the last year

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