At the first Board Meeting of the New Rotary Year 2019-2020 it was decided that the weekly meeting Lucky Draw winner would be able to nominate a charity to be the recipient of our meeting 'Happy Rands' collected during the month.

Robert Kydd was the 'lucky' winner and nominated that the Early Childhood Development NGO, Masikhule be the recipient of R 947.

The systemic tests carried out in the schools that form part of District 9 of the Western Cape Department of Education showed some very encouraging results. It turned out that in the field of literacy three of the five primary schools that had made most progress were schools that were supported by the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary club. The school that made most progress (also in the entire Western Cape) was Solomon Qatyana. This school received a special mention as both their literacy and numeracy levels increased by 17.9% and 17.2% respectively. The other schools that showed substantial progress in literacy were Nomzamo Primary and Umnqophiso Primary. The results of the systemic tests in Grade 6 also showed that Danie Ackerman Primary School was among the top performers in terms of growth percentage for literacy as well. These results indicate that our investments have borne fruit. Congratulations to our club and a huge thank you to all our sponsors.

Business maverick and acclaimed public speaker Vusi Thembekwayo has written a new book which details his rise from the township of Wattville to being a millionaire venture capitalist with the world at his feet.

The new book is titled Vusi – Business and life Lessons from a Black Dragon.

Thembekwayo joined CapeTalk presenter Pippa Hudson to discuss the book and his life story ahead of his launch at Exclusive Books in the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday 22 August.

Click here to visit the Cape Talk website and listen to Vusi's views on Entrepreneurship

We were very pleased to see this article in the Local Newspaper, District Mail in the 18 July edition.

Many thanks to all the generous sponsors and the hours put in by our Club Members and other volunteers.

We hope that even more blankets will be sponsored this weekend.

Rotary Blanket Drive July 2019 

Born out of the success of the Rotary Clubs of District 9400 in Gauteng blanket drive which has been running since 2011, our club decided to pursue our own drive in the winter of 2019. By donating ONLY R70 the public is able to sponsor a South African manufactured blanket which is then distributed through reputable organisations to those in need. This initiative runs for the full month of July by way of 2 stands at strategic points in the Somerset West Mall every weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. Our stands open at 9am and close at 5pm and are manned by 2 volunteers for 2 hours each. At the time of writing this article we had 624 blankets sponsored over the 1st two weekends in July and a further 350 purchased by Rotarians, friends and family’s prior to the physical blanket drive commencing.

Organisations which benefit through this initiative are: