Summer Wellness Expo

Summer Wellness Expo to be held at St Francis Links

Following on the success of last year’s well-attended Expo, St Francis Animal Rescue is hosting another ‘Summer Wellness’ Expo at The Links Golf Club on Saturday November 4th, from 10h00 am until 17h00.

If you’re a practitioner in the beauty and health and wellness industry, this is an ideal opportunity to promote your brand to a captive audience of up to 300 visitors. Stands are selling fast at R350 each, so if you’re keen to participate, book yours soonest.

We’ve tapped into some interesting new developments in health, fitness and well-being and specialist treatments on show this year include: Iridology, Kinesiology, Lipo-Sculpting, Organic Heart Health, Body Stress Release, Hypnotherapy-  as well as reflexology, deep tissue massage and physiotherapy.

Five upmarket beauty salons will offer a diverse range of exciting new treatments and beauty products along with facials makeovers and mini-manicures.  Fitness is covered through yoga, karate, dance and pilates demos – and personal trainers will be on hand to offer one-on-one advice to those seeking a more active lifestyle.

You’re going to love our gorgeous floral displays, jewellery and summer leisure clothing – all designed to boost your sense of happiness and confidence.

Choose from a host of delicious, healthy meal options from the Clubhouse Chef and his team and, just this once, pass on coffee in favour of freshly prepared nutritious smoothies and fruit juices.

Don’t miss this Expo – immerse yourself in health, fitness and beauty, interact with practitioners and question cutting edge technologies to find out what wellness routines and modalities work best for you.

All proceeds from this Expo go towards funding St Francis Animal Rescue’s ‘Open Your Eyes & Sterilize’ campaign created to sterilize the cats and dogs of our own Sea Vista township and prevent the birth of unwanted kittens and puppies and the neglect and cruelty that stems from this.

So far this year, St Francis Animal Rescue has sterilized well over 250 cats and dogs – and the numbers keep climbing. In addition, we provide food for hungry pets, vaccinate new-born pups and kittens, and offer wound care and medical treatment for animals in need. Our kennel distribution program is ongoing and, at each weekly outreach, we provide blankets, food bowls, collars and leashes whenever we can.

Please help us to help them.

Winning stand at 2016 Wellness Expo


CSF Ladies Tea Club

The CSF Ladies Tea Club thank Mike Kimmings

Kouga’s St Francis HospiceThe CSF Ladies Tea Club wish to thank Mike Kimmings for his support in hosting their July Cup of Soup 2017 charity event.

Here Kimmings hands over a donation to Ingrid Williams from Kouga Hospice.  The donation is from Brain Finch, the performing musician, of that evening. He donated his door takings to the cause. The total amount from donations, soup sales and door takings at Rock Lily was R14 704.

We are grateful for the support of the community for this annual project in spite of these tough economic times.  Williams says that Kouga’s St Francis Hospice provides holistic care and support to terminally ill patients in the Kouga area and surrounds.  Many of these people and their loved ones do not only have to cope with their disease, but also live in abject poverty.  Hospice-care is available to all who need it and without donations they will not be able to render the service they do in this rural part of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Brian Finch at Rock Lly Cape St Francis


Auction And Gaming Evening

The Monte Carlo Royale Auction And Gaming Evening.

St Francis College brings you the Monte Carlo Royale Auction and Gaming evening on Friday 23 June 2017. Book the date, because this exciting event, being held at the St Francis Links Club House, is sure to be great evening of rocking music, awesome food and a whole load of gaming fun.

Gaming Events, a company from Johannesburg, will be facilitating the Roulette, Black Jack and Poker tables. Tickets cost R250 per person, and ticket price includes complimentary champagne, dinner, entrance into a lucky draw as well as ‘$500 funny money’ to get the gaming evening started. Credit card facilities will be available for purchases of chips thereafter.

Arrival at the event is from 19:00, and allows for an opportunity to browse our silent art auction, as well as other general auction items.

Gaming tables will open at 20:00, and as dinner will be served canapé style, there is no need to book an entire table.

The dress code for the evening is smart, but don’t forget your dancing shoes, because there will be a dance floor and DJ set up in Jack’s Bar.

For more information contact Heather White 082 292 5909 or the St Francis College on 042 294 1395

Tickets available online at R250 per person from St Francis College or online at

Monte Carlo Royale Auction And Gaming Evening at St Francis Links

Funds for Hospice

Food & Wine benefits Hospice

One of the highlights of the St Francis Christmas calendar is the annual St Francis Food and Wine Festival hosted by St Francis Links. Last year’s event was no exception with over 300 enthusiastic tasters  and buyers attending the festival, a partnership with the Links, NLR Wines and Tops Village Square. The event featured 18 suppliers and wine estates and even a craft beer producer from the Western Cape.

The event held this past December raised some R44000 and the money was recently donated to St Francis Hospice (Kouga). Seen in the photo below with Ingrid Williams who accepted it on their behalf, is Jeff Clause (St Francis Links) and Richard Moolman (Tops Village Square).

Food & Wine Festival at St Francis Links for Hospice

A Teddy Valentine

Teddy’s for Disney Crèche Kids

Two St Francis Bay business owners joined forces to bring a little love and joy to the children at the Balobi Disney Centre Crèche in Sea Vista on Valentine’s Day.  Well known Anne d’Aussy, owner of Bard’Au Beauty and Wellness in the Spar Centre and Richard Arderne of Pam Golding Properties celebrated a Teddy Bear Valentine’s with the kids.

The teddy bears were donated by The Julien d’Aussy (Anne’s  late father) Foundation and is an initiative of Pam Golding (see previous Pam Golding ‘Give a Teddy’ initiative).

The Julien d’Aussy Foundation supports  vulnerable children in SA with the aim of assisting with education and feeding programs for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Teddy's for Disney Creche, Sea Vista

Teddy's for Disney Creche, Sea Vista

Valentine Teddy's

Ukupha (meaning “to give”)

Ukupha (meaning “to give”)

Ukupha St Francis

Santa Francis started as an “idea ” when Ukupha (meaning “to give”) decided that we wanted to give back to our children as well as raising funds for a charity in need. It has become an annual event and we have just completed our third year! We raise funds for
SONRISE (www. and we are looking at funding three Talhado Montessori  Pre-school kid’s school fees for the year . We also invite 20 Sea Vista Primary school kids to join Santa Francis via Rotary ( Lynn Aitken) They are rewarded on an academic performance basis and are given their ticket during their school awards evening.

Ukupha began 8 years ago, when a group of friends wanted to give back to the St Francis Bay Community. We organise charity events throughout the year to raise funds for various Kouga based charities, including Hospice , Talhado , SPCA, Sonrise , Victory4all Children’s home etc

St Francis Pharmacy is the main sponsor for the event . This year we had sponsors from St Francis Brewery, Viking Bakery, Blue Bottle Liquors, Kouga Print and the Homestead Equestrian Estate. Members of our amazing community also gave of their time to ensure this event was, yet again, a great success.

Santa Francis is a Christmas celebration held at the Homestead Equestrian Estate on the Oyster Bay Road. On arrival, kids and parents are escorted by trailer rides into the estate and delivered to the barn, which is set up with hay bales, a stage, and lots of Christmas decorations. The kids got to enjoy pony rides (Tracy Kennedy), face painting (Mel Mienie) and a jumping castle while they wait for the show to begin and the eminent arrival of Father Christmas!

Characters involved in the show called ” The elf who lost the Christmas spirit ”  were Tinkerbell (Chene Mienie) , Elf (Warren Manser) , Clown (Courtney Juries), Ninja Turtle (Tyron Stewart) , Jack Sparrow (Jarrod Mienie) and a Santa (Pete Mitchley) . All music and extra effects  were compiled by DJ Robert Stark .

The main highlight is Santa arriving on a motorbike (Brandon Kennedy) with a big bag of presents for all our children (all pre- arranged).

The reward… Happy children with big smiles on their faces. And we get to give back to those in our community who need a little extra love and assistance.

Santa Francis has become a yearly event and we are hoping to continue and give back to the community for as long as possible.
The Ukupha group would like to thank the community and sponsors for their ongoing support. For more information regarding Ukupha, or to see what we’re up to, or if you’d like to join us, please visit our facebook page or call any of the ladies below.

Ukupha : Louise Niven, Ezna Kennedy, Heather White, Jacky Hay, Kyle Legg, Georgie Tovell, Kelly van Eyssen, Cath Mitchley, Daniella Reynolds, Bobbie Hart, Jennifer Manser.

Ukupha St Francis