Compliments of the Season from the Rotary Recycle Swap Shop in St Francis!
The last recycle swap shop took place last Friday (December 5th) at Talhado Children’s Haven in Sea Vista, and as always at the end of the year, we awarded three special prizes.
Our Recycler of the Year went to Nicole Kaunda who attended all 11 swap shop events for the year. She is by far the most consistent of our recyclers and a worthy winner – Well done Nicole!
The second prize for the most plastic caps collected went to another regular supporter, Frediano Bruintjies who attended 10 swap shops.
The third of our prizes which was awarded for the most recyclables collected in terms of weight as well as 10 swap shops attended went to little Anelisiwe Jongwana.
Each prize winner received a giant box of luxury cookies to share with their families. And because it’s Christmas, each of our shoppers received complimentary chocolate as they left the shop.
Please note there will be no recycle swap shop in January as the schools only open again on 21st January and many of the children in Sea Vista are sent “home” to allow their parents or guardians to take advantage of the work opportunities in the holiday Season. Many of our volunteers are very busy or away at this time too. So please diarise the first Rotary Recycle Swap for 2015 as Friday February 7th.
For those who simply cannot keep their recycling for that length of time please remember that there are recycle bins available at the SPCA in Humansdorp.
The swap shop received a wonderful Christmas present and a boost for our 2015 fundraising with a wonderful donation of R10 000.00 from the Rainbow Nation Trust in Port Elizabeth. In addition the Schaeffler South Africa golf day is scheduled for December 15th at the St Francis Bay Golf Club and CEO Len Terblanche has pledged the proceeds for the Rotary Recycle Swap Shop – so golfers please support this important event. Our heartfelt thanks go to these wonderful organisations for their ongoing support for our community.
The Langlands family who donated a bicycle in June have once again come up trumps, donating three bicycles for the project – how awesome is that? Thanks to the Barry’s for transporting the bikes from Cape Town and a special vote of thanks to Custom Bikes who restored these bikes for us at almost no cost. Custom Bikes never fail to support us in an hour of need and we are extremely grateful.
Five bicycles were earned this year and we must also thanks Cathryn Hempel, Janet Shaw, Kirsty Marmarellis, Gilly Tudhope and Bernice Katakuzinos for their donated bicycles and the organisers of last December’s Food & Wine Festival and St Francis Links who donated R4250 of the proceeds to the project.
Young Matthew Setchell and his family deserve special mention as they hauled dozens of pairs of soccer boots, balls and kit with them from their home in Australia when they came to visit family in January. With the World Cup taking place there was enormous demand for soccer kit so the timing couldn’t have been better! Thank you so much!
Last but not least my sincere thanks to our team of hard working volunteers and supportive Rotarians without whom this project simply could not happen and to Talhado Children’s Haven for hosting our project during 2014.
On behalf of Rotary in St Francis, our volunteers and the children I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday, a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
Our Recycler of Year – 12 year old Nicole Kaunda with volunteers Helen Tassioulas and Karin Fuchs