Reginald Abrahams (Reggie to us) from Macassar High School attended his final STEP (short term exchange programme) in Franschhoek this weekend (7-8 Oct) where he received his Rotary regalia and back pack.
This young man has faced several social challenges attending these camps but has come through them with aplomb and confidence.
We are still working on his trip as far as booking his tickets, getting necessary paperwork completed and visa applications.
I met up with Reggie on Tuesday to have a catch up session and he handed me his letter from Good Hope Play Centre in Macassar where he did 21 hours of community service to "earn" his phone which Aldo munificently donated to Reggie. (Letter attached).
On Thursday Reggie, Jossie (Reggie's mom) and I skyped with the Dutch hosts. This was an opportunity for Jossie to meet and see the people overseas who are going to be involved with Reggie during his stay in the Netherlands. It was a wonderfully warm and interactive session with Reggie doing a lot more talking and engaging than before - a sure sign that he is starting to feel more comfortable.
School starts on the 9th of October and Reggie will be focusing on his final exams as although he is only 17, he is already in Matric.
In December I am hoping to spend more time with Reggie and will be calling on our members to assist too with certain aspects of grooming and coaching him. He needs to put together a presentation of his life which he will need to use when visiting schools and other Rotary Clubs which I will be helping him with.
If any members have ideas on how to assist Reggie and better prepare him for his trip or have opportunities which could include Reggie and expose him to new situations please contact me.
In concluding I want to share what transpired on the way back from Franschhoek when Kirsten and I picked Reggie up - I suggested to Reggie that he ask Kirsten and I a few questions each to encourage him to get to know us better.
Here are some of the thought provoking questions he asked us : a) what is your motto in life? b) if you could chose between love or happiness, which would you chose? c) what was the most wonderful experience in your life and what was the worst? d) do you enjoy your job?
Rotary Family Health Days were held on two days only , namely 4 and 5 October 2017 at Macassar New Civic Centre. This was due to SASSA payouts on Friday 6th and the registration thereof on Tuesday 3rd.
The event was successful in spite of a few setbacks regarding some of the service providers and venue convenors
We were fortunate to receive various donations: 200 each test strips and lancets for blood sugar testing ( a member of our club), latex gloves and hand sanitiser (Lesley Wyma), 9 cartons of apples ( Tru Cape) , pens and notepads (Kirsten Peacey) and a voucher from Shoprite. These were over and above the cases of bottled water each site received from PenBev.
There was a total of 745 attendees, 260 on day one and 485 on day two.
Day one started off very slowly which was a pity for the VTT team from The Netherlands as they could not interact with many people (56) before they left to attend other sessions scheduled for the afternoon. Day two was much better for them (146) and they were very pleased with the interactions they had.
Of the tests perfromed by the various people the following are worth noting:
Pregnancy tests performed : 21 of which one was positive
HIV tests performed: 49 of which 23 were for the first time
Pap smears performed: 21 which is very good news as this is a test that has a long waiting list at the clinics.
TB tests performed: 49
Number of reading glasses issued was 205
On day two there was an attendee with a blood pressure reading of 236 over 142. That reading was so high that the Sister on duty rushed the woman to the day hospital immediately. A highlight of day two was a gentleman that received a pair of reading glasses and was so thrilled that he could read as well as choosing the design of the reading glasses.
See the photos below.
A big Thank You to all that helped on the two days: Brian, Bridgett, Clive, Dave, Gavin, Casper, Ton,Jo, Tracey, Lesley, Tessa, Sharyn, Robert and Robert Adcock from Strand Rotary Club and Ko Dekker from the Netherlands.
Without your help and support this event could not have been a success.