Silent auction boosts Hospice coffers
Camdeboo Hospice recently held a most enjoyable Cabaret, Art and Silent Auction at the Graaff-reinet Golf Club.
The Golf Club Committee very generously allowed Hospice the use of their lovely venue at no cost, on condition that those attending made full use of their bar facilities – a most congenial agreement for all concerned.
After welcoming the approximately 130 guests, Hospice Chairman Brian Hough gave a brief outline of the palliative care services provided by Camdeboo Hospice in four local towns, as well as the recently introduced HIV Counselling and Testing Program which is provided in ten towns in the Dr Beyers Naude Municipality. Pierre Strydom then took on the role of Master of Ceremonies for the rest of the evening.
Kristin Steyn, despite suffering from flu and a throat infection, travelled from Port Elizabeth to entertain the guests with her beautiful voice. Hospice would like to thank Dippies Motors in Graaff-reinet for sponsoring her travel expenses, and Judy and Zorb Caryr of 4 Rothman Street B&B for sponsoring Kristin’s overnight accommodation.
Local artists, including Janet Kingwill, Marge Arnott, Sarie Reynolds, Wendy-lee Strydom, Marguerite Beneke, and Rob Southey, as well as a group of Janet’s friends from Port Elizabeth, donated beautiful pieces of artwork. Framed prints and photographs were also donated to be auctioned for Camdeboo Hospice’s benefit.
Gardner Niekerk has certainly not lost his auctioneering skills since his official retirement and, ably assisted by his wife Hazel, managed to sell all but four of the items on offer. The Silent Auction offered an eclectic variety of items including a Burberry coat, jewellery, an autographed copy of Gordon Wright’s latest recipe book, a leather handbag, brassware, silverware and glassware, champagne and biltong; every item was sold, including the bundles of second-hand books.
A wheelbarrow, kindly donated by Graaff-reinet Hardware, was piled high with bottles donated by local residents. Each bottle contained something different such as wine, honey, guest house vouchers, and meat vouchers. The wheelbarrow was also auctioned and fetched the wonderful amount of R3400.
The Hospice Board and Management wish to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors, the donors, and the guests for making the function a wonderfully successful and enjoyable event.
Local artists donated beautiful pieces of artwork. INSET: Kristin Steyn, despite suffering from flu and a throat infection, travelled from Port Elizabeth to entertain the guests with her beautiful voice.