What We Did

Christmas 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.

christmas buckets    Mielie Meal from Cape Agri Shoebox presents
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!

Kids with prizes    children singing carols

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!


Eikenhof tea garden Tasty Treats Tea Garden Volunteers Open Gardens

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!

Hermanus Outing 2015

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!

Zunaid and ZacheryAquaruim OutingFranklin LouwJason Sass

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!

Clem Sunter Fundraiser 2015

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.

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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.