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Rotary Tygerberg channels R10m

The Rotary Club Tygerberg lived up to the international theme of the organisation this year: “Rotary Connects”.

Appropriately Rotary District 9350 used its connections to raise funds and make donations in excess of R10 million for Covid-19 support. In addition over 10 000 man-hours of work have thus far been expended in various projects.

According to Willy Watson, public relations officer of Rotary Club Tygerberg, they were able to make a donation to Gift of the Givers; connected with The Olympians, a non-profit organisation which distributed food parcels in the Klipheuwel informal settlement – sponsored by Rotary International – partnered with Durbanville Presbyterian Church to provide a meal a day for the children that are cared for by the Fisantekraal Early Childhood Development Centre Forum and administered funds from German donors to supply relief in Malmesbury through the Malmesbury Omgee Liefdadigheidsgroep.

According to Watson they are also working with Durbanville CAN, which are coordinating the food kitchens in Fisantekraal.

“The need to support communities like Klipheuwel and Fisantekraal will be with us for many months to come. However, we are seeing resources being depleted and are in need of donations,” he said.

Rick Shuttleworth, president of the Rotary Club Tygerberg, said there are three reasons why donors should channel funds through Rotary.

“Firstly, through strict governance principles, all the funds received are spent on community projects and must be accounted for. This is particularly important for international donors.

“Secondly, Rotary has built-up networks that enable them to connect with community leaders to gauge community needs.

“Thirdly, and very advantageous for South African donors, Rotary Club Tygerberg is registered as a public benefit organisation (PBO) and thus able to issue Section 18A certificates. Local donors can thus submit these for tax relief,” Shuttleworth said.

Rotary District 9350 covers the Western Cape and the west coast of Africa through Namibia to Angola.

Anyone who wishes to support relief activities in Durbanville and surrounding areas can send a message to Rotary Club Tygerberg on Facebook, or call Willy Watson on 082 781 0782.

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