SOME PROJECTS SET UP BY THE CLUB
AND ITS PARTNERS
Using funds specifically raised for projects, general Club funds, and occasional donations, as a source of “Seed Money”, and drawing in partner Clubs and Rotary Districts overseas, with generous contributions from the International Rotary Foundation, the Club has provided, or is now putting in place, a number of Projects funded with the help of The Rotary Foundation.
Approved in March 2020, our club’s biggest ever Project and first Global Grant, totalling R1.59 million, will provide Ntsika Secondary School (with 803 learners) with a new sewage system, extensively upgrade the existing ablution blocks and provide essential plumbing in a kitchen/scullery area.
In November 2018, we hosted a benefit dinner and auction in aid of the Grahamstown Hospice Service, raising R67,500.00 for this organisation. In 2019, we nominated two auction beneficiaries, the Eluxolweni Child and Youth Care Centre and Gift of the Givers. The total raised was an impressive R82,000.00. We thank all those who contributed so generously to these worthy causes.
MATCHING GRANT PROJECTS
Except for the first project listed below, which was completed in 1994, all others date from1998-99.
1. Riebeeck East Primary School: Converting an abandoned barn into a fully-equipped school hostel at a cost (in 1988) of R55,000. The Partner Club was Pelican Bay, Florida, USA. (REF): MG n/a Completed in 1994
2. Hospice Society: Enlarging the pool of equipment at to allow expansion to the smaller surrounding towns and townships. About R149,000 was donated, as Stages 1, 2, and 3. Funding was made up of grants with partners in Belmont (Australia) (R70,000) , and Belfast, N. Ireland (R55,000), and their respective Districts, and Stage 3 was financed by District 3300 (Malaysia) for R24,000. (REF): MGs 7369, 10239, 11101.
3. Centre for Social Development’s rural pre-school feeding scheme: Providing a vehicle for the transport of food and for teacher supervision. This cost over R79,000. The Rotary Club of La Jolla, California, led this project, promoted by an Ambassadorial Scholar from La Jolla..
(REF) : MG10982
4. GADRA Commercial School: Purchasing computers in 2000. This project amounted to R10,000. The Red Wing Rotary Club in Minnesota led a consortium of Clubs and their District in a comprehensive grant for four beneficiaries.
(REF) : MGs 10650..
5. GADRA Matric School: Providing a wide range of text-books and teaching equipment. R47,200 was donated in 1999 from the Rotary Club of La Jolla, California; and a further R16,000 was made available in August 2000 from the Red Wing Rotary Club, and promoted by an Ambassadorial Scholar from Red Wing..
(REF) : MGs 10650, 11102
6. Centre for Social Development Pre-School project: Providing a wide range of text-books and teaching equipment. R6,000 was donated in May, 2000, and a further R4,000 was made available in August, 2000. Red Wing Club in Minnesota led this project. The same Ambassadorial Scholar promoted this and the next two projects below.
(REF) : MG 10650.
7. Centre for Social Development: Replacing a vehicle used for the Pre-School teaching programme. This vehicle cost R68,000 and was sponsored by the Red Wing Rotary Club.. (REF): MG 10650.
8. St Mary’s Day Care Centre: Purchasing a wide range of clothing, cutlery, equipment, text-books and teaching materials costing R29,000. This was part of a large and comprehensive project led, with the others above, by the Red Wing Rotary Club.
(REF) : MG 10650.
9. McKaiser Old-Age Home: The Rotary Club of Cary Central, North Carolina, helped to finance upgrading of facilities and equipment, costing R99,000. The work was completed in 2001.
(REF) MG 11335.
10. Good Shepherd Primary School: Sports equipment costing R8,700 was donated in February, 2002, with the help of the Rotary Club of Belfast, N. Ireland.
(REF): MG 18744.
11. Mary Waters Secondary School: With a Canadian Club, Brandon, and the Canadian CRCID, R43,000 worth of equipment (copier and overhead projectors).was supplied to this Afrikaans-medium Secondary School for Coloureds and Blacks. The project was completed in October, 2002.
12. Hospice Society: A project to supply a vehicle costing about R61,000 was financed by the Rotary Club of Bristol, Virginia, USA, and its District, and was completed in October, 2002.
(REF) : MG 18903.
13. St John Ambulance Society: Training materials, for realistic first-aid training, costing R8,600 were financed by the Rotary Club of New Market, Virginia, USA, and its District, and was completed in December, 2002.
(REF) MG 18888
14. Hospice Society: A project to supply equipment costing about R47,000 was financed by the Rotary Club of Bedford, Virginia, USA, and its District. Completed in November, 2002.
(REF) : MG 18904
15. St John Ambulance Society: A Project to supply Training Videos to the value of R19,100 was sponsored with a Club in Arizona, and was completed in December, 2002.
(REF) : 8/2002 became a Grant from five Clubs in Arizona.
16. Mary Waters Secondary School: Textbooks have been supplied from funds raised by the Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley in Virginia, USA, and its District, to a total of about R56,250, and was completed early in March, 2003
(REF) : MG 18902.
17. Hospice Society: A project to supply a vehicle and goods trailer, costing about R160,000 for Hospice was approved by the Foundation. The Rotary Clubs of Red Wing and of Faribault, and their District in Minnesota, USA, were our partners in this project.. The project was completed in mid-April, 2003
(REF) : MG 21183.
18. Hope Fountain School, Salem: With a Canadian Club and the Canadian CRCID, a project to renovate the School’s classrooms in an abandoned milking shed, to improve water supplies, to start up a vegetable garden, and to supply desks and chairs, all valued at R 63,500, was completed in December 2003. The Interact Club of Kingswood College intends to become involved by adopting the School and helping out where appropriate with inter-visiting and help with sporting facilities.
(REF): MG 19738.
19. Ntyatyambo Primary School, Peddie; The Club acted as the local implementing party for a Matching Grant originated by a Club in the San Diego, California, area. The grant was for a project to supply computers, printers and a copier to a value of about R45,700. Matching Grant funds arrived in August, 2003, and the project was completed in January, 2004. Rhodes University is providing technical and teaching back-up under its RUMEP programme.
(REF): MG 22727
20. St Mary’s Day Care Centre: Arising from an Incoming GSE Team visit, two partner Clubs in Indiana, USA, Brownsburg and Noblesville Midday helped to replace the Centre’s aged vehicle, at a cost of about R129,000. The project was approved by Foundation in September 2003 and the vehicle was handed over in February, 2004. Donors from Indiana, in America, visited the project later in 2004.
(REF): MG 23484. .
21. Brookshaw Retirement Home: (A Rotary Project of 1962). Three Projects have been approved in the first half of 2004 for this beneficiary. They are planned to supply medical and related equipment for a new Frail-Care Wing, and to start a major upgrading of 40-year-old kitchen and other equipment. Stages One and Two are complete at date, and Stage Three is almost complete.
Stage One was partnered by the North Hawaii Club and its District, as well as the local District 9320, to a value of R28,300.
Stage Two, valued at R105,800, enjoyed help from the Rotary Club of Marana in Arizona, USA and its District, withD9320 funding as well..
Stage Three, valued at R79,200 has as its partners seven Clubs in Virginia, USA, led by the Bedford Club, and aided by their District
(REF): MG 23444, MG 51076 and MG 53707.
22. GADRA Matric School: A Project to supply Stage Three of a wide range of text-books and teaching equipment to a school which is charity-supported and provides an opportunity for school pupils to improve their final-year Matriculation exam results. The project was worth of R80,300. It was adopted by the Rotary Club of Bedford in England. Funds arrived in September, 2003 and the project was handed over in February, 2004. Stage Four and Five are being examined by Clubs in Holland and British Columbia, Canada.
(REF): MG 23031.
23. Ethembeni Day-Care Centre: The Bedford Club in Virginia adopted this project, valued at about R23,600, to supply up-to-date kitchen and other equipment for an institution that supplies meals and care services on a day-care basis to about 100 elderly and indigent pensioners in Joza. Funds arrived in February 2004 and the project was handed over in May 2004.
(REF): MG 23471.
24. St Mary Day-Care Centre – The Bedford Club in Virginia adopted this project, valued at about R32,200, to supply Clothing to a the St Mary’s Day-care Centre for about 90 seriously disadvantaged, abused and indigent children from the very poor homes of Grahamstown. Children are cared for and fed at the Centre, and change into school uniforms provided by the Centre, returning same at the end of the school day. The clothing provided by an earlier Matching Grant four years ago was in need of replacement. Funds arrived in January 2004 and the project was handed over in February, 2004.
REF: MG 10650 (general items) and MG 23441.
25. St. John Society Eye Clinic – The Muncie Club in Indiana, USA, has given an outright grant of R6, 400 to subsidise 85% of the cost of a pair of spectacles issued to indigent, poverty-stricken, elderly, Social Welfare Grant-supported black patients.
REF: Project 3/2004.
26. St. John Society Eye Clinic – The Muncie Club in Indiana, USA, assisted by its Rotary District, adopted this project, valued at about R26,070, to subsidise 85% of the cost of a pair of spectacles issued to indigent, poverty-stricken, elderly, Social Welfare Grant-supported black patients.
(REF): MG 54837.
27. St Mary Day-Care Centre – The Port Moody Club in British Columbia, with its District, adopted this project, valued at about R32,500, to supply specialised clothing (tracksuits) and educational toys and games, and also equipment for sports such as netball, soccer and cricket. This is a further Stage to that discussed in No 24, above. The Application was approved and the donors from Canada and America visited Grahamstown in April, 2005 in order to hand over the clothing and other items to the Centre.
(REF): MG 54323.
28. Somerset Place Retirement Complex: The Frail-Care wing of this Retirement Complex requires medical and other equipment to supplement present minimal technical requirements. A project worth about R72,000 is presently under negotiation with a Club in Arizona, USA.
(REF): Project 7/2004.
29. Settlers District Hospital, Grahamstown: This Government Hospital lacks proper facilities for Palliative Care of patients. Its main thrust is towards Curative Care. There have been no facilities in Grahamstown that can accept patients in advanced stages of incurable cancer and who have been under the care of families and of Hospice in their own homes.
The Rotary Club of Grahamstown has adopted as its Centennial Project the conversion of a part of the old West Wing wards into a Palliative Care unit with 10 small private wards, each being supplied with related specialised equipment, suitable to accommodate former Home-care patients who are suffering from advanced stages of Cancer or AIDS.
Its partners in this project are Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District in Washington State and British Columbia. They have also supplied 13 modern hospital beds, with mattresses, for the Unit, with a further 15 beds and mattresses about to arrive at East London for this Hospital. The cost to Rotary will be R228,000. First National Bank has donated just over R100,000 to the project and the Hospital and the Provincial Ministry of Health have accepted the responsibility to staff the Unit and to meet all the recurrent costs as part of its normal functioning.
(REF): MG 56033.
30. Hospice Society: A project, valued at R11,600, to supply additional equipment needed by the Hospice Society to cope with a patient-load that has increased by about 50% over the past two years has been financed by the Rotary Club of Rochester, Kent, in the United Kingdom. Members of that Club will visit Grahamstown late in September 2005 to hand over the equipment. This is Stage 7 of a continuing project to ensure that Hospice can function with the proper equipment.
(REF): MG 55299.
31 Composite Project for FIVE beneficiaries
Approval has been given by Rotary Foundation for a Project partnered by two Rotary Clubs in Holland to finance a project worth R123,500 that will benefit the following:-
a) Sun City Nursery School; R 13,810
b) The Grahamstown Primary School; R 42,922
c) The St John Society Eye Clinic, to subsidise the costs of spectacles for School-children proving real need for same; R 17,400;
d) Various rural and urban primary schools with “Jungle Gyms”, climbing frames and exercise structures for use in school playgrounds; R18,000; and
e) The Boy Scouts Troop, to provide for stimulating extra-mural and manly activities and for training in First-Aid and Rescue techniques. R31,860.
It is expected that the funds will arrive during March and the Final Report made to Foundation before 30 June 2006.
(REF): MG 58278
32 Composite Project for SIX beneficiaries
Approval has been given by Rotary Foundation for a Project partnered by two Rotary Clubs in Port Moody, in British Columbia, Canada, to finance a project that is valued at R130,240, and which will benefit the following:-
a) Gladys Williams Red Cross Creche;
b) D.D. Siwisa Primary School, already supplied with nearly 90 desks from Port Moody Club in Canada. Teaching equipment will follow from this project;
c) The (voluntary and charity-supported) GADRA Matric School and Commercial School;
d) Various rural and urban primary schools with “Jungle Gyms”, climbing frames and exercise structures for use in school playgrounds;
e) The St John Society Eye Clinic, to subsidise the costs of spectacles for School-children proving real need for same; and
f) The Boy Scouts Troop, to provide for stimulating extra-mural and manly activities and for training in First-Aid and Rescue techniques.
The funds arrived late in May 2006 and the Final Report made to Foundation before 30 September 2006.
(REF): MG 58740
33 Eluxolweni Street Childrens’ Shelter
Agreement has been reached with the Bedford Club, as the Lead Club with others, in Virginia, USA, to supply double-bunk beds, mattresses, steel lockers and some bedding for this Residential Shelter, which caters for about 70 destitute children.
The Project is valued at R76,050.
The Application was lodged with Foundation in February 2006. Formal approval follwed soon thereafter.
The funds arrived late in June 2006 and the Final Report to Foundation should be available before 30 September 2006.
(REF): MG 59341
34 St John Ambulance Society
Agreement has been reached with the Rotary Club of Rochester, in Kent, United Kingdom, on a project with three main components:-
a) A subsidy of R25,000 on the costs of supplying spectacles to the elderly indigent;
b) Upgrading of the Optical Diagnosis Equipment at the Society’s Eye Clinic; and
c) Expansion and modernisation of First-Aid Training Equipment, including items that offer electronic assessment of trainees’ aptitude with CPR and other procedures.
The Project is valued at R75,000.
The Application is complete and was sent to The Rotary Foundation, via Rochester, on 27 February 2006.
The Project was approved by Rotary Foundation in mid-April 2006. It is expected that the funds will arrive during July and the Final Report made to Foundation before 30 December 2006.
(REF): MG 59675.
35. Hospice -Stage 8
2007 Provision of medical equipment. North Hawaii, & Kona & Kona Maura & two private donors. Per Billy de Klerk's toast to North Hawaii. Marti Henrickson and Tom Johnson. Project 'CLOSED" by TRF 22 October 2007. Glenn Arthur
36. 2008 D1120, KENT, per Bob Burge and District, with five Kent clubs and five D9320 Clubs - Ficksburg-Imperani, GTN, Orkney, Port Alfred and Raadzaal TOTAL VALUE IS 6,000, or R116,000, split unevenly between 5 Clubs. Limit of R14,500 EACH; plus whatever we elect to put in, becoming +50% via TRF. Beneficiaries are via Ficksburg-Imperani, Orkney, Port Alfred, Raadzaal and GTN, who will supply equipment. Project "CLOSED" by TRF 28 December 2008. Publicity Report not written at date. GTN was the lead club. Project Leaders were: GTN-Adelaide (2 projects) - Glen Craig; Ficksburg Imperani - Ian McJannet: Port Alfred & Orkney - Brian Gaybba; Raadzaal
37. 2008 George Dickerson Primary School - Textbooks, and Teaching and Logistic Equipment
Cookham Bridge, Abingdon Vesper, Ascot, Sinodun, Wallingford, Langley & Iver, Elthorne Hillingdon, Maidenhead Thames; D1090 Thames Valley, Berkshire, England - Per Amb Scholar Lisa Morris - Bob Deacon. Project "CLOSED" by TRF 23 December 2008. Publicity Report not written at date. Successful hand-over by Lisa Morris, Bob Deacon & Bruce Gow on 9 October. Project Leader ELEANOR ANDERTON.
38. 2008 18 Oxygen Concentrators for Frail-Care and for hire: Equipment for two Rotary Anns' Creches; Equipment for McKaiser and St Mary Dy-Care.
Brookshaw, Somerset Place, McKaiser, Adelaide, Hospice, Dolphin Nursing Home, Kenton; plus two Anns' Creches; plus McKaiser and St. Mary Day-Care. Project "CLOSED" by TRF 23 December 2008. Publicity Report not written at date. Final cash allocations (original in brackets); Hospice R14,780 (15,120); McKaiser R22,351 (18,937); St Mary R22,350 (11,133); Boy-Boy R21,464 (same); Tyilklwazi R27,055
39. St John Eye clinic
To subsidise up to 85% of costs of spectacles for elderly indigent & schoolchildren.
Bedford, Virginia Case Pieterman. Project "CLOSED" by TRF 23 June 2009. Publicity Report not written at date. Project Leader - Ian McJannet
40. 2008 Children’s Palliative Care Ward.
Medical and other equipment- Cookham Bridge, Abingdon Vesper, Langley & Iver, Bourne End & Cookham, Marlow Thames, Wokingham, Burnham Beeches, Jordens & Districts, Newbury, with D1090 in Thames Valley, Berkshire, England - Per Amb Scholar Lisa Morris. Project "CLOSED" by TRF early 2009. Project Leader - Mike Bandey, with Brian "Bugs" Wilmot, Billy de Klerk, Bert Evans & Wendy Dold.
41. 2008 Archie Mbolekwa School.
Miscellaneous Teaching Equipment - Andrew & Kathleen Galwey. Project "CLOSED" by GTN Club early 2009. Part of donation of funds from Kathleen and Andrew Galwey, to be applied to the beneficiary without resorting to finding a Matching Grant Partner. Project Leaders - Leon Coetzee & Colin Maclachlan
42. 2008 - Ntaba Maria Primary School
School-wide Intercom and Loud-speaker System Container for Tuckshop & School Feeding Scheme. Project "CLOSED" by GTN Club early 2009. Part of donation of funds from Kathleen and Andrew Galwey. Intercom and Tuckshop/storage container installed. Andrew and Kathleen Galwey visited and handed over both items.
43. 2009 - Graeme College
Computer Laboratory with 38 screens, 4 Staff Room computers, and inter-active internal network for Senior School. Hawaii, led (now) by North Hawaii, not by Kona, plus ten others, including Japan (Kobe West) and Denmark Club Bill Cliff. Project "CLOSED" by TRF July 2010. Publicity Report not written at date. Project Leader: Glenn Arthur, with Prof Dave Sewry and Headmaster Peter Reed helping; and Ian Suttie as observer.
44. 2008 Paediatric Palliative Care and Literacy
R67,795 for Pall Care Ward and R78,100 for Literacy Kits via GADRA Education. Cookham Bridge Per Amb Scholar Lisa Morris - Bob Deacon. Project "CLOSED" by TRF July 2010. Andrew Galwey Health funds supplied R5,200. Project Leader: Eleanor Anderton, Bugs Wilmot & Brian Gaybba
45. 2009 - St John Eye Clinic
To subsidise up to 85% of costs of spectacles for elderly indigent & schoolchildren. District 5960 in place of Red Wing, Minnesota Lee Finholm. Project "CLOSED" by TRF December 2010 Project Leader: Ian McJannet
46. 2010 GADRA Education
Brenda's wish, to be allocated to Literacy Kits via GADRA Education. Port Moody , La Conner and Diana Harris - Brenda Hoskinson - John Dugaw - Isabella Beane. Project "CLOSED" by TRF. Application approved October 2010. Funds arrived February 2011. Project Leader: Brian Gaybba
47. 2010 P.J.Olivier High School
Computer Laboratory with 45 screens and inter-active internal network for Senior School. Kona Mauka, plus 8 Hawaiian clubs, with Long Beach and a club in Japan - Bill Cliff. Project "CLOSED" by TRF. Application approved October 2010. Funds arrived February 2011. Project Leader Glenn Arthur
48. 2011 Rotary World Help Network, Port Moody
Shipment costs for 2 Containers to South Africa. Port Moody and Langley: Isabella Beane and Dan Gallant. Application APPROVED Rotary Foundation 19 April 2011 CASH PAID TO PORT MOODY JULY 2011.
49. 2011 Brookshaw, Somerset Place, St. John Spectacles
Frail-Care & Kitchen & General Equipment: Subisidy on spectacles. Brookshaw 4 - R 73,100; Somerset Place - R82,600; St. John Spectacles - R24,300. Application lodged 24 October 2011. CASH ARRIVED FEBRUARY 2012 - CLOSED BY TRF Project Leaders are: Brookshaw, Gavin Keeton; Somerset Place, Budgie Vassiliou; St Johns, Ian McJannet.
50. 2011 PJ Oliver High School & ACV-V Day-Care Centre; Hayton House; Sundry Creches, etc.
Computers Stage 2; Kitchen and General Equipment; Toys & Jungle Gyms, etc. Kona Mauka, Kona, Bill Cliff. PJHS = R161,935; ACV-V = R75,112; Creches = R53,981 Final Report submitted 26 Feb 2013. PROJECT CLOSED BY TRF 26 Feb 2013. Project Leaders are: PJHS - Glenn Arthur assisting
51. 2012 Japanese Tsunami Relief
Equipment for a new Community Centre. Kona Mauka, Kona, Bill Cliff. Project Leader Robin Palmer
52. 2012 Ntsika Secondary School
Security measures - Beams, gates. Rochester, Kent. UNSOLICITED GRANT from Rochester Club for Ntsika Security measures. Funds arrived June 2012. Project leader is Harry Rama, assisted by Sally L'ange
53. 2012 Amasango School & St Mary DCC
Miscellaneous Educational Equipment. Port Moody - Isabella Beane. Port Moody visitors November 2011 INITIATED Nov 2011. Project leaders are: St Mary DCC - Sally Terry & Budgie Vassiliou; and for Amasango - Harry Rama & Gavin Keeton
54. 2012 St Mary Primary School
Equipment; Educational and Sporting. Smith Mountain Lake, Case Pieterman. Case accepted our suggestion of this school Oct 2012. Project leader is Sally L'ange, assisted by Harry Rama & Eleanor Anderton.
55. 2012 Sundry - Gately & GTN; and B.E.N
3 Containers. Port Moody - Isabella Beane. Three general goods containers; incl one of used bicycles, the latter being shared between GTN and B.E.N., East London. Project Leaders: Bill Harvey (Bikes) and Andy Long (two containers)
56. 2013 Ntsika Secondary School
Kitchen Renovation. Rochester, Kent. UNSOLICITED GRANT from Rochester Club for Ntsika. Project Leader is Ian McJannet.
57. 2013 VG Primary School
Extensive Computerisation. Hawaii, led by Kona Mauka - Bill Cliff. Installation completed by August 2014 Glenn Arthur
(REF) GG 1412364