The Table View Lions cordially invite the community to their annual Cheese and Wine Gala and theatre show to raise funds for the construction of a sick room at the Masikhululeke Educare Center in Joe Slovo.
Masikhululeke is an encouraging story of success through perseverance and dedication, which began in 1990 when Vivian Nuxola Dlabantu, a mother of two and a qualified teacher, took in young children roaming between shacks and rubbish heaps in Joe Slovo, to keep them safe. As the numbers grew, she bought with her own money a rusty, windowless shipping container, a paraffin cooker and pots, and single-handed educated and fed 40 pre-school children.
Running her ‘school’ with an admirable balance of good discipline and fun, popular demand soon outgrew the facilities. Knocking on doors, Vivian received assistance from charities and the City in leasing a piece of ground, registering a pre-school and erecting a 2-room building. In 2009 a 3rd classroom followed. Today Masikhululeke teaches 90 children and includes a registered Grade R class.
The Table View Lions have supported Vivian and Masikhululeke from the beginning and now plan the construction of the sick room as required by the Education Department. To assist with the funding they invite the community’s support of the Gala.
Table View #LionsClub, together with our corporate sponsor SUN 1 Foreshore/Parow donated trees and fertilizer to West Riding Primary School, during Arbor Week.
Learners from each grade were invited to participate in the tree planting and making them aware that trees play an important role in moderating our climate, improving our air quality, controlling floodwater’s and providing homes and food for life.
For the children it was raising awareness and greening our communities because trees play an essential role in the sustainable development of the livelihoods on the people for the present and future generation.
Lion Facilitators: Lions Felicity van Eck, Thys van Eck and Elizabeth Hucks
Table View Lion’s Freda Dodd received a donation from the Pick n Pay West Coast Village of Nappies and Soap Powder to donate to Die Eiland Huis a home for children and adults suffering from a range of physical and mental disabilities.
In 2011 the Lions Club of Table View very kindly donated a Cannondale Tandem Bicycle to Jacques Lombard, who is blind and diabetic, and me. We use it regularly every weekend and in March this year entered and completed our third ‘Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum’ Cycle Tour.
As usual there were 35,000 entrants with groups of around 500 leaving every 3 or 4 minutes from the Civic Centre in Cape Town. Our group set off at 6.44 am (our earliest time ever which meant rising at 4am!) and headed towards Edinburgh Drive, down the Blue Route, through Muizenberg, Simon’s Town and up Smitwinkel, listening on the way to cries from cyclists cursing the very strong ‘Cape Doctor’! (why am I doing this?!). Reward came however after turning towards Scarborough when, with the wind behind us, we continued through the beautiful Misty Cliffs, up and over ‘Chappies’, the dreaded Suikerbossie, on to Camps Bay and finishing in Green Point.
Jacques Lombard (left), who is blind and diabetic with John Waumsley
Tandem used for the Cape Argus with the two riders and Table View Lions Members.
The wind this year put paid to any thought of bettering last year’s time and we clocked 6 hours 15 mins. Yes, it was tough at times but so satisfying when you cross the finish line. Shall we do it all over again next year, experience those climbs and sore bums again? Of course we will, the little bit of madness in all of us will lure us back!
Our club has also sponsored the upkeep of the tandem bicycle to make sure that it is roadworthy.
Some of the more musical Table View Lions hosted a Sing-A-Long for the elderly at Nazareth House in Gardens, Cape Town on Tuesday, 26th November. Lions Freda Dodd, Thys van Eck and Friend of Lions, Sandy McNamara sang Christmas Carols and songs from bygone days and while being accompanied by Felicity van Eck on the piano-accordion.
The residents clearly enjoyed every minute! Especially poignant was the harmonizing of ‘Silent Night’ by the residents, the sisters and the staff.
Lion Liz Hucks baked delectable cupcakes, with a sprinkle of holly and goodwill and Lion Rocky Wright from Postnet very kindly printed the song sheets. Concluding a wonderful afternoon everyone held hands and sang “Auld Lang Syne” or as one dear, sweet lady mentioned: “Hold Hands Lang Syne”.
Every year the Lions Club of Table View seek various ways of raising funds for those less fortunate than the rest of us in our immediate community – the hearing and sight impaired are a big focus area and this year in particular, the club is drawn their attention to those in need of sight / vision repair.
Imagine spending your day in complete darkness or at best in a heavy haze where you cannot make anything but the odd shape – you and I take so much for granted – these folk hang onto every single thread of hope that they grasp at.
With this in mind, 100% of the funds that we raise from the Gala Evening of the comedy “ It runs in the Family”, staged at the Milnerton Playhouse will go to addressing this need of sight that is so desperately desired in our community.
The Milnerton Playhouse has graciously offered us this evening as a fundraiser and we appeal to you, the Cape Town folk who always give so generously, to support our cause and book your seat for the 27th November 2013 – the show is preceded by a cheese and wine.
We anticipate a great occasion.
In a joint venture with Table View Shopping Centre, Table View Lions Club will be collecting good quality toys and stationery to distribute to needy organisations to give some cheer at Christmas.
From 24 November to 15 December, the Centre will have clearly marked boxes for the public to drop off their donations.
On Sunday, 1st December from 10am to 2pm, members of Table View Lions Club will be positioned in Pick ‘n Pay’s small parking area (by Engen/TyreMart) to collect donations from the public.
Stationery items (such as scissors, colouring books, calculators, pens, rules, erasers, writing paper, basic art materials, etc) will be given to Tygerberg Hospital School (the Centre’s charity) and the toys will be distributed by the club members to various organisations as far as Atlantis.
We look forward to the generous support of our community once again.