The new president of Paarl Rotary, Bryan Anderson, was inducted by outgoing president Anne Kruger on 30 June during an on-line Zoom meeting. Although the event could not take place like a normal induction, Rotarians have refused to be taken hostage by the pandemic and have risen to the challenge.
 
Although normal meetings had to stop, Paarl Rotary had raised sufficient funds through its wine auction and cycle race to give a helping hand to a number of local charities who provide food and assistance to needy people during lockdown. To date more than R130 000 has been spent on assisting nine local organisations with food supplies and protective equipment.
Total project expenditure for the past year, including donations to Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus, totals R250 000. This includes funding to two needy old age homes, and a number of charitable organisations.
The club’s three-year global grant to upgrade the Path onto Prosperity preschool centre on a local farm is now coming to an end. With the assistance of Rotary Foundation and other international donors we have expanded the centre by adding a stoor room and a roof over the play area, as well as burglar proofing and a security fence. The kitchen was renovated, appliances replaced, wiring upgraded and a sewage system installed.
Since February we have been managing a project to renovate parts of the Kerith Retreat for mental health patients in Muldersvlei. The centre was run down, and after obtaining funding from a donor, we have overseen the refurbishing of the kitchen, bathrooms and dormitory floors.
We look forward to the new Rotary year and trust that normal meetings and fundraising activities can be resumed in the foreseeable future. Until then, join us on Zoom meetings and stay safe!