This story illustrates how Rotary International and International Inner Wheel can do amazing things when they work together. Saldanha Bay Municipal District, situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, covers an area of 2000 square kilometres and encompasses a series of coastal towns and villages.
Fishing and diving for rock lobster has been the main source of income for many families living in these areas. With the depletion of resources and now the implementation of quotas these families are struggling to survive on what little income they can earn.
In order for us to reach as many beneficiaries as possible, we partner with organisations in the community who assist these families in any way they can. Some of these organisations run soup kitchens and they are grateful for any help they can get to sustain their activities.
Imagine our delight in Saldanha Inner Wheel when we heard that Durbanville Inner Wheel club had buckets of dried soup packets which they could donate to us. This soup had been sent in a container to Cape Town from Rotary International in Canada. Durbanville Rotary club unpacked and distributed it to the various clubs including their own Inner Wheel club.
Maureen Harmsworth, one of their members, was coming up to Langebaan (120kms north of Cape Town) and delivered five buckets of soup. At our next meeting it was decided that in line with “Touch a Heart” and “Happier Futures Better Lives”, we would focus on areas where children and persons living with disabilities are the most vulnerable and that they would receive the soup.
The recipients are; the soup kitchens in Noordhoek and Langebaan, a centre for disabled persons and a very poor family of six in Saldanha and Huis Hadassa, a place of safety for abused children, in Vredenburg.
When we delivered the soup to Langebaan, we were greeted by big smiles from the ladies who make the soup and the children who were looking forward to something warm in their tummies now that winter is approaching.