St Augustine’s

Full tummies and empty bowls at St Augustine’s Playschool in Walmer township, near Port Elizabeth! The GRCT has started funding the supply of e’Pap to St Augustine’s.

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Save the date – Summer BBQ in Oxshott 16 July

A fundraising BBQ will be held in our chairperson Ruth Burns’ garden in Oxshott, on Sunday 16 July. Delicious food and fun for all the family. Further details will follow. Please save the date!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to our wonderful friends and supporters! We hope that your 2017 is filled with joy, peace and good health. With love from the GRCT trustees.🎄

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Christmas shopping!

Last minute Christmas shopping? You could help the GRCT by shopping via
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Shop online with many retailers through this link and the GRCT benefits from free donations. As easy as that!

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Nicki Galazka’s fabulous coffee morning and sale

Nicki Galazka’s coffee morning and sale last week was, once again, a great success. A selection of gorgeous gift stalls brimming with possible Christmas gifts, homemade cakes, coffee, warmth and conversation. A successful fundraiser for the GRCT and a wonderful community event here. Thank you to all stall holders, volunteers and supporters.

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Thank you to the Orkney community


Ingirid Morrison and her community in Orkney have once again raised an extremely generous amount for the provision of e’Pap to children in the Knysna area. We are very grateful for their continued support.

A report back from Ingirid:
“Since my first visit to the children of the Knysna townships in 2009, I have been delighted to see the changes both in their health and education. I have been privileged to visit them every year since so have been able to appreciate the difference we are making in the lives of this generation of township children. As a teacher I know the benefit of children starting the day after having a good breakfast. Their concerntration is improved and they are more ready to learn.”

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Royal Parks Half marathon

The Royal Parks Half marathon took place on Sunday 9 October. 16,000 runners, gloriously sunny Autumn weather, lovely London parks. Four runners ran the marathon in order to raise money for the GRCT – Kofo Oyeleye, Colleen Theron, Jonathan Bates and Catherine Michell. Almost £4,000 was raised. Well done runners and thank you so much!

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10th Anniversary Tea

Lovely venue - St Mary's Hall in Cobham

Lovely venue – St Mary’s Hall in Cobham

Trustees set up and wait for guests

Trustees set up and wait for guests

Bunting on the deck

Bunting on the deck

A wonderful spread

A wonderful spread

No sunshine but also no rain

No sunshine but also no rain

Setting up the screen and PowerPoint

Setting up the screen and PowerPoint

The guests arrive

The guests arrive

10 of the 12 trustees and their special guest from South Africa

10 of the 12 trustees and their special guest from South Africa

Enough to feed an army!

Enough to feed an army!

Leaflets looking back over the last 10 years

Leaflets looking back over the last 10 years

Catherine and one of our waitresses

Catherine and one of our waitresses

Welcoming guests

Welcoming guests

The treasure hunt

The treasure hunt

Very enjoyable

Very enjoyable

and fun

and fun

Shelley Godsell, the founder and director of the e'Pap Feeding Project, who came over especially to attend the celebration, chats to guests

Shelley Godsell, the founder and director of the e’Pap Feeding Project, who came over especially to attend the celebration, chats to guests

Some guests

Some guests

Penny speaks about the GRCT, before handing over the 2 batons

Penny speaks about the GRCT, before handing over the 2 batons

Penny speaking to the guests

Penny speaking to the guests

To Ruth (chair) and Catherine (deputy) who will be leading the GRCT into the next decade

To Ruth (chair) and Catherine (deputy) who will be leading the GRCT into the next decade

Ruth proposes a toast

Ruth proposes a toast

Much laughter and enjoyment

Much laughter and enjoyment

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

Shelley brings greetings from the e'Pap Feeding Project and tells us of the way our funding has been put to good use

Shelley brings greetings from the e’Pap Feeding Project and tells us of the way our funding has been put to good use

Retiring chairperson, Penny, with Ruth and Catherine who take over from her, and Shelley

Retiring chairperson, Penny, with Ruth and Catherine who take over from her, and Shelley

The anniversary cake

The anniversary cake

Beautiful gift given to Penny by the trustees. Aptly called "A Friendship Bench!"

Beautiful gift given to Penny by the trustees. Aptly called “A Friendship Bench!”

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10th Anniversary Tea and handing over the baton

Thankfully the rain stayed away for the GRCT’s 10th Anniversary Tea held on Saturday! The tea was an opportunity to express our gratitude to our supporters, whose generosity makes such a difference to the health and education of thousands of South African children. Penny Fleming also formally “handed over the baton” of leadership to Ruth Burns, our new chairperson, and Catherine Michell, her deputy. The charity will still benefit from Penny and Patrick’s wisdom and experience as they will continue to serve as trustees. Shelley Godsell, who heads up the e’Pap feeding project in Knysna, also attended the tea and was able to tell our supporters first hand about the difference their generosity makes.

GRCT Trustees with Shelley Godsell (front right).

GRCT Trustees with Shelley Godsell (front right).

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Latest news from Penny and Patrick’s visit to 14 schools and nurseries

News from the projects which the GRCT supports in South Africa, as Penny and Patrick have recently returned from visiting 14 schools and nurseries there.

Fantastic New Outreach in Hout Bay

We are indebted to Rotary and in particular Keith Bull for so efficiently managing the new e’Pap feeding schemes in Hout Bay. Penny writes: It was a delight to visit and see the 3 schools there – Wavecrest, Little Angels and Siyazama, where clearly the children were benefitting hugely from their daily bowl of e’Pap. We arrived at Little Angels at breakfast time and Liezl, the principal, told us of one little boy whose head had been covered with sores and who recovered completely after a month of e’Pap. I guess his micronutrient deficiencies had been addressed! The teacher at Siyazama described e’Pap as “the soap that cleans you from the inside” – such were the health benefits she had seen in her children.

The little boy whose sores were better
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Keith Bull with Liezl of Little Angels, and Penny
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The e’Pap Project in Knysna

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Shelley gave us a fascinating tour of many and varied schools over 2 days. Sadly, for the sake of brevity we cannot tell you of them all but will share a few special moments. One such was visiting the small school for deaf children run by the remarkable and quite saintly Andile and Continna (who herself is profoundly deaf). While there Samangaliso taught us some sign language and mischievous Luyolo had fun with Shelley’s umbrella. We are so pleased that those young, deaf children now get e’Pap.

The e’Pap Club

Another highlight was the visit to the Knysna Secondary school where the e’Pap club thrives and the 40-50 teenagers who come for a bowl of it, help with the mixing and serving. They sang its praises telling us how it made them strong and was “good brain food” They were mostly hungry boys there but a few brave girls came and posed, as girls do, for a photo. Linda who helps to organize the club is a splendid little lady whose esteem has grown in leaps and bounds as a result of her helpful role at the school. Not having had the privilege of education herself, she is helping others get that opportunity, and handles the noisy boys with aplomb! Indeed, we frequently saw e’Pap growing people emotionally as well as physically, because of their participation in a caring role.

Boys preparing e’Pap
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Pat chatting about football with the boys
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Linda serving the e’Pap
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Born to Care

Another school which tugged at our heartstrings was ‘Born To Care’ where Emma does an amazing job of teaching and loving little ones in a very dilapidated dwelling. She told us that she had just added a new room to the school, building it with planks, corrugated iron and plastic sheeting! The children were eating huge bowls of e’Pap and Emma and her staff were doing all they could to give them the very best early childhood education.

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Sanlam Awards Dinner

We were extremely fortunate in that our visit to Knysna coincided with the SANLAM Awards Dinner (knysnaawards.co.za/winners-2015/) and so we could attend it and see Shelley receive the award, on behalf of the e’Pap project, for the winning local charity. In her gracious acceptance speech, she spoke of the support given by the GRCT. We send our congratulations!

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Numicon Mathematics Project

Some of you may remember that the GRCT sponsored Numicon through the Knysna Education Trust. We had the privilege of seeing the Numicon materials in action with strong evidence of well trained teachers using it. This was at a purpose built school (assisted by KET) called Happy Faces.

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Flourishing Feeding Schemes in Port Elizabeth

Kathryn Balshaw (the GRCT association chairperson in Port Elizabeth) and her mum, Joyce Wiseman, our treasurer there, took us out to the two Walmer township schools. At John Mazisa, we met the wonderful Valencia for the first time. She was counting the plastic spoons (54) to see how many children she had fed with e’Pap that morning!

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Heatherbank

Heatherbank was a very special experience. We stand amazed at the resourcefulness, resilience and generosity of Ellen Lovemore, its founder and head. How privileged we are to partner with them in a small way through the feeding scheme. They run a splendid little school!

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Musical Missionvale

Another shining light – Missionvale school- where the music department is doing so well; the gift of musical instruments given in memory of Edmund Pirouet, through the GRCT, has contributed to its growth. We heard some beautiful singing and met Janine, the Principal, who is passionate about the children’s education. We also caught the tail-end of breakfast where a small “bowl monitor” was waiting patiently for a tiny girl to eat up her e’Pap! The nutrition which e’Pap provides is of huge benefit to this very disadvantaged community.

The choir

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Painted Playgrounds

We visited two of these; the one in Kwazakele and the other at a school for children with autism. At the latter the teachers spoke highly of how helpful the painted games were, in teaching the children various skills. We are very grateful to Darryl and his team for their work in getting so many playgrounds painted with games.

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