The Rotary Club of Stanford
Situtated in the Overstrand area of the Western Cape, our small Club consists of 10 members and is active with Soup Kitchens, Winter Warmth and Youth/Early Childhood Development Projects.
School Starter Packs
Four years ago Rotary started a 'School Starter Pack' project. Underprivileged children starting 'big school' at the various primary schools in the area received 'starter packs' containing the correct equipment for Grade 1 and Grade R. In 2014, around R10,000 was spent on stationery, pens, pencils, dictionaries and other materials identified as being needed by learners etc by teachers and other staff. In January 2014, we extended this Project to include two local Farm Schools.
Bags of Love
This is our Christmas Project where we provide basic food parcels to the local community that are affected by the closure of our regular Soup Kitchens over the Christmas period.
In an on going Soup Kitchen project, Rotary now supports four soup kitchens that serve over 450 disadvantaged members of the community per day at the following feeding points - Anchor Ministries (where children, the elderly and others who are in need are served); Pastor David Claassen who delivers nourishing soup to 40 elderly members of the community who cannot walk to soup kitchens themselves, and 15 children who come to his house; Jenny October and her Family in Focus group who serve children twice a week from two different points; and at the Rainbow Trust who run a soup kitchen at Die Kop Informal Settlement.
Rotary is proud to have opened two Swop Shops in Stanford. These centres allow young people to bring Recyclable items (plastic, paper & glass) and exchange them for items such as pencils, books, school stationery and clothing. Organised by Elma Hunter (a Stanford Rotarian)
As part of the Winter Warmth project of providing blankets to those in need, we have included jerseys and fleece tops for disadvantaged one to five-year-olds. Blankets are also handed out to children, the elderly and disabled residents.
Every winter is different in Stanford—some colder and some wetter and with the current economic climate the calls for assistance increase. Thanks to the support we receive from the Stanford community through donations and 'in-kind gifts', we are able to assist where genuine need exists.
Stanford Creative Arts
The Stanford Creative Works project run by Regina Broenner, a qualified Occupational Therapist, is one of the greatest success stories among projects supported by Rotary. Starting off with a small group of children at Jenny October's house, it now keeps around 200 children busy two afternoons a week and has made a huge difference in the lives of those children. Regina has come up with fascinating ways of keeping the children busy and produces a range of articles from hand painted cards to twinkling tea light holders which are for sale, raising further funds for the project.
Die Bron School
We have an ongoing Project with this Primary School and have provided Fencing for the Grade R (Reception Class) area, a water tank and toilet facilities for a newly refurbished classroom and educational materials.
Solar Light Project
Our Project, in conjunction with District 6780 Eastern Tennessee, USA aims to provide every child living without electricity in the Stanford area, with a Solar Light to enable them to "Shine" - Please see the Project Page for more details