Hot cycle race

About 1300 cyclists turned out for the annual Winelands cye race organised by the Rotary Club of Paarl. The race started at Huguenot Primary in Wellington in ideal conditions but hot weather was forecast for later that day.
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Kerith garden shines

The Rotary Club of Paarl has been involved in the upgrading of the Kerith Retreat for mental health in Muldersvlei for the past year. After overseeing the upgrading of the kitchen and laundry and some housing units, the club has launched a food garden at the entry to the complex. Proudly showing off their produce are Paul Erasmus and Willem Visser.
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Club hard at work

Paarl Rotarians have been hard at work packing boxes of educational toys and teaching aids for educare centres and primary schools. Here Hester Visagie (centre), president of Paarl Rotary, presents some Eduboxes to Ronwe Primary. With her are (left) Veronica Whatney (principal) and Gail Jacobs (teacher). Read President Hester's report below.
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Corné visits

MOTIVATED. Former Springbok rugby captain Corné Krige (right) was one of the interesting guest speakers who recently addressed the Paarl Rotary Club. Corné, who spoke on motivation in sport and in life, was a boarder in Paarl for his entire school career. With him are Rotarians Deon Erasmus and Hester Visagie (president).
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Global cooperation

COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN. A cheque for 1000 Euro from the Rotary Club of Bensheim in Germany was recently presented to Paarl Rotary by Rotarian Dr Albrecht Dörr, who hails from the Bensheim region. The donation is destined for the Royalty Project in Paarl which provides counselling to schoolchildren on pregnancy prevention and the dangers of social media predators. With him is club president Hester Visagie.
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Trees for Kerith

The Rotary Club of Paarl has been involved in the upgrading of the Kerith Retreat for mental health in Muldersvlei for the past year. After overseeing the upgrading of the kitchen and laundry and some housing units, the club has launched a food garden and beautification of the entry to the complex. Proudly showing off one of an avenue of lemon trees recently planted are (from left) Mary Louw, president Hester Visagie, Werner Louw (manager of Kerith), Deon Erasmus, projects coordinator, AG Tony Butcher, and Marita van der Sluys. The trees were donated by Stargrow Nursery.
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Paarl Rotary has been busy

Rotarians have had a busy quarter, which included a number of sessions packing educational toys into the Eduboxes we are providing to schools, educares and other clients. 
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Graduation day

Paarl Rotary sponsored school stationery Christmas gifts for our Path to Prosperity educare centre on Just Trees farm in Nieuwedrift. The club has been involved in the upgrading of the centre through a global grant for the past three years.
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Photo finish

PHOTO FINISH. The Winelands Cycle Race over 98 km was held in pouring rain in Wellington on 5 September.
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A world of information

ROWING TO RIO. Zirk Botha, an extreme sportsman, was one of many speakers who have enthralled Rotarians during Zoom talks, when live meetings were not possible. He gave a talk on his experience rowing to Rio from Cape Town in 2020 during the lockdown.
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End of third wave dawns

Although Paarl Rotarians have been unable to meet face to face since June, the club has been active behind the scenes, including at Kerith Retreat, where a vegetable garden is being developed, says president Hester Visagie.
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Still handy at 79

HANDY. At the age of 79, Tommy Goliath (left) is still actively running a workshop for wheelchair repairs in his garage under the banner of the Paarl Valley Friends.
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Sanitise, masks, alcohol bans, beach bans? "The world has certainly changed and sometimes it seems that we need to just crawl back under the duvet and wait for it to pass," says president Bryan Anderson.
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CELEBRATING FELLOWSHIP. Paarl Rotarians and partners have celebrated the last days of summer with outings to local restaurants, socializing in the open air due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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Water affairs

WATER AFFAIRS. André Kowalewski (centre), Senior Engineer Water Services of the Drakenstein Municipality, recently addressed the Paarl Rotary Club on the vast planning required to address the growing water needs of the rapidly expanding municipal area. With him are Bryan Anderson (Rotary president) and Rotarian Marita van der Sluys.
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Zoom has its advantages

ANXIOUS? Since the first lockdown, Paarl Rotary Club has hosted a variety of interesting guest speakers during Zoom meetings, including clinical psychologiest Johannes Schickerling.
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Cycle race planning

Rotary committee members are currently hard at work planning the Winelands Cycle Race, which will be held at Huguenot Primary in Wellington on 31 January.
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Helping  hand

Paarl Rotary has extensively funded a number of feeding schemes since the start of the Covid pandemic.
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Keeping the flag flying

"I considered starting in the traditional “presidential” manner and greeting you as 'Fellow South Africans...'; however sanity fortunately prevailed," says President Bryan Anderson (seen here handing over medals at the recent Winelands Netball Cup tournament).
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The new normal

ZOOM. This is the view that Rotarians have had to get used to during club meetings. Zoom meetings have been the "new normal" during the Covid pandemic as meetings face to face were suspended for six months.
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Great need

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have lost their jobs. Paarl Rotary has assisted in the great need which resulted, and has donated funding to a variety of feeding schemes for food purchases. Here youngsters line up for lunch at the NorSA skills centre in Egoli, Wellington.
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Food aid from Rotary

During the pandemic, Paarl Rotary has given 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 a host of organizations with funding of food supplies and personal protective equipment. 
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Masks for all

DONATION. Rotarian Hannes Jacobs (left), builder, has completed the renovation of the kitchen at Kerith Retreat in Muldersvlei, a mental health facility. The general upgrading of the centre is currently being project managed by Paarl Rotary. When it came to his attention that the 60 residents and 17 staff members did not have masks, Jacobs alerted Paarl Rotary, who decided to fund the donation of 160 masks. Here Hannes presents the masks to Ans Jacobs, facility manager.
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1800 cyclists turn out for Paarl Cycle Tour

MORE than 1800 cyclists participated in the Paarl Cycle Tour this year, organized annually by the Paarl Rotary Club in cooperation with RaceTec and the Pedal Power Association. First to cross the finish line was Theuns van der Bank, who completed the 97.8km in a time of 2:19:12, with George Perrins (orange) and Bizaye Redae (blue) hot on his heels. The fastest female rider was Tesfay Trhas (2:21:43). The race, which is a seeding race for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, was hosted by scenic Fairview wine estate for the first time. For more photos, click on "Read More".
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Rotary projects change lives

Work on renovating the Kerith Retreat for psychiatric patients is currently in progress. This includes tiling the floor and refurbishing the kitchen as well as erecting roof coverings outside the bathrooms. Paarl Rotary is overseeing the project, which is funded by the Rupert Education Trust. For pics of more projects, click on "Read More".
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Specs for Africa

Nearly 120 pairs of spectacles for youngsters at local schools have been sponsored by Paarl Rotary, this year due to the waiting list at the Department of Health. Here Jacolien Bartolini (right) of Stellenbosch Optometrists fits Lesley-Ann Pietersen spectacles at Paarl School of Skills. Looking on with Rotary president Eugene Reynders are other recipients (from left) Tashlynn Jacobs, Natasha Fortuin, Lenwhin Abrahams and Duane Fortuin. A similar donation was also made to Paulus Joubert Secondary.

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Oldest member honoured

Paarl Rotary's oldest active member, Dave Overturf, received honorary membership of the club on his 90th birthday, just weeks before his passing. This American-born former fighter pilot has had a remarkable career.
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Edubox ECD kit

The EduBox is an educational kit of teaching aids which develops numeracy and fine motor skills in pre-school and foundation classes. These kits are available from Paarl Rotary, and are distributed country-wide to needy schools.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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