Swellendam Rotary Anns

The Swellendam Rotary Anns received boxes of nappies, for adults & babies, from a well known Pharmacy group. This morning Wilma and Annette delivered them to Huis Tomlinson and Adaliah Care.

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The Rotary Anns are delighted to welcome Wilma van Jaarsveld as President for 2019 - 2020. Wilma will be assured of 100% commitment and support from her fellow Anns for this coming year.  Celia Cloete, as outgoing President of the Anns is seen passing on the President's badge to Wilma. 7th June 2019.

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The Anns prepare for District Conference - Stress ? What's Stress ?

The Ann’s club has been in existence since 1965, when the Rotary Club of Swellendam was first established.


Apart from having been a pillar of the Rotary club for the past 51 years by working hand in hand with Swellendam Rotarians towards the realisation of their projects, the Ann’s have set their own objectives to serve the community. Focus issues are the daily needs of children and the aged, the development of children – both mentally and physically and poverty relief. The result is the Ann’s ongoing involvement in projects for the benefit of the following::

  1. HUIS AA TOMLINSON, the local retirement home.


  3. The “ACVV” (Afrikaans Christian Women’s Association)






The Ann’s initiative in fundraisers and their willingness to work tirelessly to achieve the result they are looking for, are indispensable to the successes of Swellendam Rotary club as a whole.  For example, the Anns work alongside the Rotarians for long, tedious hours to man the stall at the annual Agricultural Show to help raise funds for Rotary Projects.  They are also key and indispensable players in the planning and delivery of the Coronation Double Century Cycle Tour, which has been hosted very successfully for several years now, thanks in no small measure to the exceptional hard work of the Anns.


The Swellendam Ann’s set an example to other local service organizations in forming partnerships and supporting each other.


Current projects include the following:


The Ann’s club has a long term commitment towards the retirement home to improve the day to day care of the aged by doing an annual assessment of needs. Nappies are provided on an ongoing basis, while the Club has also provided several wheel chairs and a high quality blood pressure meter in the recent past. Contributions are also made towards the payment for popular exercise sessions for the residents known as “Ageless Grace”. In cooperation with local churches and other service clubs, left over food from fundraisers is being distributed via the Home’s kitchen to a feeding scheme for children and the Swellendam Soup Kitchen.

  1. SWELLENDAM HOSPICE: Support for this organization is of the utmost importance to the Anns Club which regularly addresses the need for equipment and assists in providing contingencies for emergencies to alleviate the burden on the dedicated staff.

  2. BONTEBOK PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL: The focus of this project is on reading and related issues, and in liaison with the Rotary Club, the Bontebok School and the Rotary Club from Villeneuve sur Lot in France, equipment has been installed in 4 classrooms. 136 Children per annum benefit from this project, which is currently in its 3rd year. (photos).

  3. ZUURBRAAK EMPLOYMENT PROVISION: The Ann’s partners in this project a

    1. CAP (Community Action Partnership

    2. Rotary District 9350 Conference Committee 2017

    3. Friends of Rotary (Donors of left over material)

    4. 10 handicapped women from the local village, who are keen to work.

This project was initiated with the aid of loan equipment for the production and supply of table cloths by these women for the Coronation Double Century Cycle Tour in November 2016. Following this, the partners and the Swellendam Rotary Club 2017 District Conference Committee entered into a contract to commission 450 bags to be issued to conference attendees in April 2017. This project should be concluded towards the end of February. Certain skills taught to this group of handicapped people could enable them to build up a business with the potential to carry on independently and attain self-sufficiency


COPPER POT PROJECT: Partners in this project are the local Super Spar, Swellendam High School and the girls from the Rotary Interact Club. Each R20 contribution added to this pot, enables one girl to face her growing up phase without apprehension every month. The aim is to ensure confidence and human dignity to those who do not have the necessary means at their disposal to provide for this need. This project is to be extended to include the Bontebok Primary School in the near future.

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