Quentin du Plooy
The Rotary Club of Riebeek Valley recently had a busy week. After spending the past several weeks collecting scarves and warm winter woollies, club members distributed these to members of the Riebeek valley community.
Over 200 scarves and other winter comfies were distributed at a gathering on the Plein in Riebeek Kasteel. This really was a Christmas in July. Rotary members hung scarves from the Riebeek Kasteel square Christmas tree and scarves billowed in the breeze to be selected by those who needed them.
Later in the week Rotarians also delivered scarves to the “golden agers” from the Young Stars Club in Riebeek West, and the Valley Roses Club in Riebeek Kasteel.
That same evening the club hosted a Soup 4 Soccer event to benefit the Kickstart Football & Soccer Academy. Kickstart has been working with marginalised children living on farms surrounding the sister towns of Kasteel & West.
Focussing on the game of five-a-side soccer, coaches Nicholas Wickham and Winston Coetzee teach ball and athletic skills to girls and boys aged eight to eighteen. The children are inspired by the camaraderie and good spirit of playing together and being part of a team. The Friday afternoon training session ends with a refreshment of hotdogs and fresh fruit provided by members of Rotary Club of Riebeek Valley and generous donors. Recently, a Saturday morning tournament was hosted on the Riebeek Kasteel square and a large group of children participated excitedly.
Rotarians and their friends hosted a marvellous evening of friendship where four delicious soups were served along with freshly baked breads, followed by a selection of delicious desserts and sweet treats to round off a wonderful evening. The Riebeek Valley Wine Company kindly offered their beautiful wine emporium in Short Street as a venue, decorated with help from the ACVV, fellow Rotarians and guests. Soups were donated by the Vineyard Views Guesthouse and q.studio. Attendees were able to enjoy the fine wines offered by Riebeek Valley Wine Co. throughout the evening.
A total of R14 380 was raised.
The occasion also served to launch Supper4Soccer. The idea is to offer generous friends of the programme an opportunity to raise money by hosting a supper in their own social circle by inviting their guests to make a donation to the Kickstart Programme rather than bring their hosts the traditional gift of flowers or chocolates.
Should you wish to make a donation to the marvellous Kickstart initiative, please contact club treasurer, Heidi Cuppleditch on 082 452 7505. If you wish to provide hotdogs and fresh fruit after Friday practices, please get in touch with Quentin du Plooy on 074 184 8390.