God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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Responsibility, Fundrasing and Rotary

Time is running fast and the year-end is closer than it feels comfortable. Tuesday we had a combined management and board meeting of HOPE Cape Town Association, like always full of items to discuss and determine and decide. 28 employees mean also a lot of administrative work, HOPE Cape Town feels obviously responsible for each and everybody working for our fine organisation. And as we completely depend on funding from the private sector it is indeed a challenge for all senior staff and board members to do all the fundraising necessary and dedicating as much time as possible to the cause we have chosen: to assist people living with or being affected by HIV and AIDS in the Western Cape.
Good news from the HOPE Cape Town Trust side which received a grant to support research in the fields of HIV and AIDS. So we can support from HOPE Cape Town the necessary academic work which always reflects in the daily work in the township communities around Cape Town.Tomorrow I will have a talk at the German Rotary Club here in Cape Town – another opportunity to advertise the work we are doing.

Being a Rotarian myself and having benefited from the work of Rotary International and it’s grant system as HOPE Cape Town I can only recommend everybody to have a look where the next Rotary Club is meeting. Becoming a Rotarian can be a live-changing event, because it means service above self in very practical terms. If somebody is reading this and living and working in Cape Town and is interested to have a closer look – the Signal Hill Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 1pm at the Royal Yacht Club for one hour. It will be a pleasure to introduce you to this fine organisation.
This reminds me that my club “Signal Hill” was at the time one of the Godparents of HOPE Cape Town – the ladies prepared for the snack after the official opening and since then the ways between HOPE Cape Town and Signal Hill crossed several times. When I am in Cape Town I enjoy this weekly break in my daily routine to catch up with my Rotarian friends at the Yacht Club – one hour of fellowship which ends often in great projects and support for those in need.

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Thanks to Rotary

Thursday afternoon the Rotary Club of Signal Hill as the host club for the matching grant handed over a Nissan Livina Acenta 1,6 to HOPE Cape Town.

The Rotary Clubs and Districts involved with this Matching Grant (for the vehicle and insurance for 3 years) are:
Signal Hill (South Africa)  –   Gelsenkirchen-Schloss Horst  (Germany) – District D1870 (Germany) –  Chateau Salin Dieuze Morhage (France) – District 1790  (France).
The match from The Rotary Foundation and a huge contribution from the Rotary Club of  St Wendel (Germany) in District 1860, which is a District in Future Vision added the necessary funds.

HOPE Cape Town is grateful to all sponsors and supporters, especially as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust and the Rotary Club of Signal Hill is one of the Founding Fathers of the organisation.

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27.01.2010 a normal day..

Standing up at 6h10 this morning, and being at the office before 7am. First checking emails & news before going to town. Meeting with my co-operation partner Anja Tambusso Ferraz from the Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Petra Reichwein from the Mediterranean Villa to discuss the next Ball of HOPE, to be held on the 22nd of May 2010 at the Westin Grand Hotel. A bit later our musical director Adolf Thelen joins to discuss the musical arrangements. After that planing for the service on Ash Wednesday for the Holy Cross Primary School in Brooklyn.  Back to the office and working on reducing the stable of papers, files and folders on the desk, answering letters, phone calls before heading off again to an interview regarding a volunteer position during soccer world cup 2010. I am considered for a “protocol position” and faced with 3 interviewers I try to answer all the questions. It is amazing to sit again in an interview on the side with the one chair.. 🙂

Back to the office, more phone calls, more paper work, some preparations for tomorrow for a talk and some meetings and at 6pm home, only to meet with friends at 7 for dinner. Back home at 9h30 pm – some reading of theological nature and now the blog and a last check on emails. Preparing some papers for the senior staff meeting of HOPE Cape Town tomorrow and for my sergeant duties at the Rotary meeting tomorrow noon time.  A day is done… nothing extra-ordinary but enough left for tomorrow and the rest of the week.

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