What We Did
An evening with Deborah and Gary Kirsten
On Saturday 20 August 2016 Siphila Sonke hosted ‘an Evening on the Couch with Deborah and Gary Kirsten’. Deborah, who is an accomplished speaker and author of “ Chai Tea and Ginger Beer”, and Gary, who needs no introduction – especially to his cricket fans – spoke about their family, marriage and the juggle of this with their extensive travels and Gary’s career. Their anecdotes were filled with humour and interesting facts and made for an enjoyable Saturday evening out!
Their talk was complimented by delicious food and drinks – hot ghluwine was served as complimentary drink on arrival and was followed by a supper of hearty homemade soups, Peregrine Farm Stall breads and cheese platters and ended with tasty homebaked macrons and cupcakes! Thank you to all our chefs!
Thanks to all those that attended and made this such a successful ‘guest speaker fundraiser evening’ for Siphila Sonke. Thank you to Deborah and Gary for coming to Elgin on behalf of Siphila Sonke, and thank you to Catherine and Selborne Boome for having them to stay for the night. Many thanks to Alistair Smith for being MC for the evening (yet again!). Thanks to all our volunteers who helped before, during and after the event! Our thanks too to all those that sponsored wine and food for the evening; it is always gratefully appreciated as this helps us to keep the costs down and funds raised to a maximum! Last but not least, a very big thank you to Liz Wood and Mike Butt for offering Siphila Sonke use of their wonderful venue and staff at Rockhaven!
The Capespan E & G Met 2016
On the 11th March we hosted our ‘night at the races’ fundraiser sponsored by Capespan at the Elgin Learning Foundation. This once again proved to be very successful and was enjoyed by all. We raised close to R90 000! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who attended and made the evening so successful!
In particular, we would like to thank the following sponsors without whose support this evening would not have been possible:
- Race Sponsors: Capespan, Kromco, Fruitways, Oak Valley, Almenkerk, Liberty Books, Cape Canopy Tours
- Race Horse ‘owners’
- Nicole Precoudis of Terra Madre for her delicious food
- Peregrine Farmstall for the breads
- Elgin Free Range Chickens for the chicken ingredients in the main meal and pate
- Stephanie Reith for the décor and painting that was auctioned
- Nick, Tam and Ross Heynes for taking care of the bar
- Glen Fruin for olives, tapenade, butternut paste and welcome drink
- Kenilworth Racecourse for the jockey outfits-Anna Du Toit for the flowers
- ELF (hall), Elgin United Church (tables & chairs) and ACVV (crockery)
- Prize donors: Mel and Mike Kreft of Belfield Wines, Harmony Clinic, Fred & Max, Genevieve & David Curl of Chateau du Gaby and Peregrine Farmstall
- Jockeys and tote managers
Easter Holidays 2016
Christmas 2015 Shoebox and Bucket Projects
Our special thanks goes to Applewood Preparatory School and Marion Fogell and friends for their generous contributions to our annual Christmas Shoebox Project. Our grateful thanks goes to Elgin United and the greater Elgin Grabouw Community who contributed our Christmas Bucket Project, and especially to Agrimark for their donation of mealie meal for our buckets.
Our Food Parcel Beneficiaries received their Christmas Buckets filled with food treats together with their December food parcels. The children of the Beneficiaries each received a ‘shoebox’ present at the same time. Our Kids Club children received their ‘shoebox’ presents at their annual end of year Christmas Party, personally handed out by Father Christmas!
Kids Club Christmas Party 2015
Our annual Kids Club Christmas Party was held in December as a celebration of all that the children had achieved during the 2015 year. Book prizes were handed out to those children who had excelled or improved during the year, in Maths, English Reading and Art. Those children who had exemplary attendance records, also received book prizes. The children provided entertainment for their classmates, as well as parents and volunteers who attended the party. Everyone enjoyed some party food before heading home for the school holidays!
Elgin Open Gardens 2015
On the weekends of 31 October & 1 November, and 7 & 8 November Elgin held its annual Open Gardens. Siphila Sonke hosted 2 tea gardens this year – a first for us! After 2 years absence, Francie and Alistair Moodie re-opened their Eikenhof garden and offered Siphila Sonke the opportunity to host a tea garden under their magnificent oak trees. We also served lunches and teas at Elgin United Church, on the Viljoenshoep Road, which had been our home for the previous 2 years. Both venues were a resounding success, thanks to our volunteers who worked serving teas and lunches, selling tickets and prepping food, as well as to those volunteers behind the scenes who made and donated delicious home made eats!
We are also most grateful to Alastair and Francie Moodie for opening their magnificent garden at Eikenhof where we could offer teas and lunches, as well as to Liz and Duncan Henderson from Fairholme, and Gavin and Ewen Wilson from Lothian, for donating their proceeds to us. Our thanks too to all visitors as well as members of the local community who visited these open gardens and our tea gardens. We raised over R100,000!
Kids Club Outing to see the Whales
During the September school holidays they went to Hermanus to see whales which unfortunately were not close in, but out in the Bay and could only see them breaching. The children then braved the cold water and had a great time at the Old Harbour swimming and came back exhausted!
Kids Club Outing to the Aquarium
It was with great excitement that our Kids Club members boarded a Gaffley’s Bus early one morning during the July school holidays, to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. Many of our children have never been over Sir Lowry’s Pass and were thrilled to see the sea – some for the first time! Imagine the further excitement when we reached Cape Town and they saw skyscrapers and the harbour with all the ships and cranes!
We were taken on a guided tour of the aquarium and the children loved the experience, especially the “Nemo” fish tank which is circular. The children were able to climb into the inner tube and watch the fish swimming past them!
After their outing, we asked the children to write an essay or a drawing about their visit. We also showed them the ‘Finding Nemo’ DVD. They were able to recognise and identify many species in the movie from their visit the previous day; this was very exciting for them, and us!
Clem Sunter Fundraiser
We were thrilled to have Clem Sunter as our Guest Speaker at our major annual fundraiser, held on 4 June. Clem is a world-renowned strategist and scenario planner, and we are extremely grateful to him for supporting us. His talk was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
A huge thanks to Liz Wood and Mike Butt for the use of Rockhaven as the perfect venue for the evening, as well as to Joan Lancefield and Nicole Precoudis for the delicious and hearty soups and Louise Moss for her scrumptious macaroons! We would also like to thank our local Elgin Valley wine producers who contributed generously to the evening. It was a great success and we raised in excess of R55 000!
Kids Club Christmas Party 2014
The annual Siphila Sonke Kids Club Christmas Party was held in December just before the start of the school holidays. Our grateful thanks to Applewood Primary School parents and children, as well as members of Elgin United Church and other individuals of the community who donated a Shoe Box of gifts to each child. Thanks to our Treasurer, Stuart Maxwell, who made the childrens’ day by handing out Christmas presents dressed as a very convincing Father Christmas!
Prizes were awarded to those children who had excelled during the 2014 year at Maths, English Reading and Art. Children with exemplary attendance also received prizes. Individual and Group performances from members of the Kids Club – singing, rapping and drumming – kept the children and guests entertained.
Elgin Open Gardens 2014
Elgin Valley basked in glorious sunshine over the first 2 weekends in November, encouraging vast numbers of visitors to the Open Gardens of Elgin. We were happy to serve many of these visitors at our tea garden, which we hosted at Elgin United Church.
Our thanks to the EUC for the use of their facilities and to everyone who helped in making and/or donating food for the tea garden – cakes, apple pies, cupcakes, hams, quiches, salads, coronation chicken etc! Our thanks too, to those volunteers who gave of their time to serve the teas and lunches, work in the kitchen prepping food or out in the front selling tickets. A special thank you to all those Open Gardens as well as the Elgin Valley Fair who donated proceeds from their entrance fees to Siphila Sonke! And last but not least, thank you to those individuals who went the extra mile to support Siphila Sonke through donations towards the building upgrade to the Container at our Siphila Sonke Offices.
E & G Met 2014
After a few false starts our horseracing fundraiser, the E&G Met, was a resounding success! Our grateful thanks to Elgin Learning Foundation who accommodated us at short notice and to Ross Haynes who successfully ran our bar, also at short notice!
Additional thanks to:
- Nicole Precoudis who donated her skills and time as chef for the evening
- Stephanie Reith who painted all our horseracing banners so expertly and colourfully
- Elgin Free Range Chickens, who donated all chicken and chicken livers used in the evening’s meal
- All donations of wine and food
- All local businesses who purchased races
- All racehorse owners
- All our punters
Kids Club Christmas Party 2013
At the end of every year Siphila Sonke hosts a Christmas Party for our children belonging to our Kids Clubs, Shoe box gifts are donated by Applewood Primary School parents and children. During this event our ‘Kids” performed on Drums and the Drum Majorettes (Drummies) also performed for everyone.
Elgin Open Gardens 2013
Visitors to The Elgin Open Gardens found us at our new venue – Elgin United Church. After many successful years of running our tea garden at the Moodie’s beautiful garden on Eikenhof, we moved to the church premises in Viljoenshoop Road. The weather was superb and so was the support we received from both visitors to our tea garden as well as other Open Gardens who donated proceeds to Siphila Sonke! Our thanks too to all Siphila Sonke Volunteers and staff who helped by donating/ serving teas, coffees and lunches.
A special acknowledgement to the EUC for allowing us to use their facilities and to everyone who helped and/or made donations. We are very proud of Mrs Amsterdam, one of our Support Group women, who successfully took on the challenge and made 30m of bunting for the above event, thus earning extra money for her family.
E & G Met 2013
We would also like to thank everyone who supported our recent fundraiser –the E&G Met –a night at the races! Wow –what an evening it was! This was a first for Grabouw and by popular demand, we will be hosting it again next year.