[Photo captions] Top left: The Rotary Club of Claremont’s Outreach Programme supports numerous community enhancing projects as far as Namibia. Teachers in Swakopmund attended training sessions focusing specifically on assisting learners with learning disabilities;

Top right: The Includid Food Garden Project initiated by the Rotary Club of Sea Point benefited greatly from the Outreach Programme; the garden provides 70 residents with a sustainable food source.

[Cape Town] Over the last four years, the Rotary Club of Claremont has invested in excess of R 1.1 million in funding for their Outreach Programme in support of community projects in and around the Peninsula all the way to Namibia. The philosophy of the programme encapsulates the spirit of Rotary, as the Rotary Club of Claremont is able to assist smaller Clubs with approved funding for their own projects.

“At the Rotary Club of Claremont we are privileged to be one of the main beneficiaries of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we believe in extending the gift of giving by supporting the community projects of the other Clubs within the District with our Outreach Programme,” says, Peter Trebble, Past President of the Rotary Club of Claremont, spearheading the Programme. “With this initiative we are able to provide financial support to various different community projects that make a positive and lasting impact on society,” adds Trebble.

“Despite being one of the larger Clubs in the District, we don’t have the infrastructure and manpower to fully reach out to all the community needs, it’s therefore important for us to work closely with the other Clubs, as they know what the priorities are in their respective areas. In doing so, we are able to have a much further reach of the money invested into the community, and at the same time strengthening the inter-club relationships,” Trebble adds. “Through this camaraderie, the Rotary Club of Claremont along with the other clubs in the district are able to focus on important social issues. To date we’ve collaborated with 26 other Rotary Clubs in the District,” adds Trebble.

Projects include initiatives such as ‘Training for Teachers’ in Swakopmund, Namibia, which has provided teachers in the area with much needed training on how to work with and assist learners with learning disabilities.  Through these workshops, teachers are enabled to proactively identify learners with special needs, and importantly, how to help them improve their performance.

Another project benefitting from the Outreach Programme, is the Includid Food Garden Project, an initiative driven by the Rotary Club of Sea Point. With the funding received, the lives of 70 residents with intellectual disabilities are being positively impacted. The residents are being trained by an experienced gardener how to maintain the food garden on a daily basis, thereby ensuring a sustainable and important food source from themselves.

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.