No one will forget the devastating fires that swept through parts of Hermanus and the Camphill Farm Community on 11 January 2019.
The resulting devastation led to an incredible outpouring of support and compassion from the residents for both the people fighting the fires and those who suffered losses.
It was no surprise that the Hermanus Rotarians stepped up to do all that they could to help the Camphill Farm community get back on their feet.
A Long White Supper Table event for 100 guests in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve was planned, but within three days the event was sold out - such was the enthusiasm of the townsfolk, and another venue had to be found which would accommodate an additional 100 guests. Fortunately Greg Hassenkamp, principal of Hermanus High School, was able to offer his school’s hall for the night. The goodwill shown by those who could not get a seat at the event was phenomenal, as the majority of them donated the price of a ticket so that they could still be a part of the rebuilding of Camphill’s Farm.
The President of Hermanus Rotary, Ann Wright, was astounded by the overwhelming support by both businesses and restaurants who themselves have had to dig deep after a tough 2018. They donated generously, four chefs cooked, and also gave of their time to manage the kitchen. Wright says on the night, there was a warm sense of togetherness in the hall that was wonderful. “The guests entered into the spirit of the event dressed all in white and sat at long tables making new friends.”
Many complimented Wright on organising the event in a record time. “Congratulations Ann Wright and your team of Rotarians on a splendid, fun evening. How you got this beautiful event together in two and a half weeks is incredible,” said one of the guests, Angela Mayford.
Sam Hobson, the CEO of Camphill Farm Community, spoke of his deep gratitude at the support they had received after the fires, and was deeply touched by the turnout at the Rotary fundraiser. Ann Wright thanked everyone who attended or had contributed to make the event the wonderful success it was and said, “May the deep sense of community spirit created by the recent fires last for a long time.”
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