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

Animal Rescue Shelter project gets kickstart

Great party at Cape St Francis Resort for animal rescue shelter

Cape St Francis Resort rocked to the great old sounds of the 60’s and 70\s omn Saturday night when the Grosvenor Road Band along with Port Elizabeth based Joe van der Linder, wound back the clock and entertained an audience of Rock ‘n Rollers, young and old, to some great music from the era. Although most chose not to dress for the occasion a few did and without doubt Vanessa Johnson really looked the part and deservedly won a voucher from TOFFEE for her efforts although Bev Mortimer certainly deserves a mention for her getup. The best dressed man prize went to James Parker who won the use of a self-drive boat for a day kindly sponsored by Little Venice.

The evening was made possible through the generosity of Fiona and Fasie Malherbe of Cape St Francis Resort who so kindly sponsored the event for St Francis Animal Rescue to kick off a fund to create a foundation funding for a much needed Animal Rescue shelter and clinic in St Francis. One of the big differences to the evening’s event that was unlike so many other fundraising events was that there were no auctions or raffles to further empty the revellers pockets for Fasie and Fiona and Cape St Francis Resort paid for all the food, bottles of wine, red and white, on the tables, the décor, the cost of the band and a lot more allowing every penny made from the door to go to St Francis Animal Rescue.

Riekie Minnie, F&B manager at the resort, along with her staff went the extra mile with décor setup and a lovely touch that brought back memories of one’s younger days was the Chappies bubblegum decorating the tables along with the bottles of wine. Well done Cape St Francis Resort and “The Space” really is a great venue for anyone looking to hold a similar function. Dinner for the evening was fun fare with hamburgers and ice cream in true sixties style.

Before the band rocked the guests onto the dance floor the inimitable Jo Brown introduced the purpose of the evening giving a background to the work being done by the St Francis Animal Rescue team of volunteers. Jo really does have an amazing talent as an MC and will always raise more than a few chuckles with her Manchester turn of humour.

Unfortunately this scribe had not been well for a few days so left the party before it got into full swing and so sadly missed what was apparently a highlight of the evening when the band performed a trilogy of music by recently deceased Leonard Cohen. Certainly one of my favourites, let’s hope they again include this trilogy in other gigs that they play at in future for by all accounts it was brilliant.

St Francis Animal Rescue stalwart Susan Rae Fox had this to say. “Thank you so much Fasie and Fiona, the Cape St Francis Resort and of course to everyone that supported the event and to those that continually support us in our effort to improve the life of the animals that so need help.”

More information of the work done by St Francis Animal Rescue can be viewed on their Facebook page


“For those that still need to pay for their tickets (R195.00) or wish to make a donation, thank you for your support and apologies for not being able to offer credit card facilities:”

St Francis Animal Rescue bank details are:-
St Francis Animal Rescue
Standard Bank – Humansdorp
Branch: 050015
Business Savings Account
Account Number: 186532814

Below is a slide show video of the work done by St Francis Animal rescue and the plans for the animal rescue shelter.


Bidding for penguins

SANCCOB Eastern Cape Benefit Auction

SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) is hosting its annual benefit auction on 22 October 2016 at the St Francis Links to raise funds for its seabird centre in Cape St Francis (Eastern Cape). SANCCOB’s centre in Cape St. Francis offers a 24-hour, 365-day rescue service for seabirds and admits approximately 300-400 seabirds for rehabilitation every year. Recently, the importance of SANCCOB’s work was highlighted when 92 oiled African penguins and 51 chicks were admitted to
the centre following an oil spill in Algoa Bay.

Since 2013, the annual SANCCOB Eastern Cape Benefit Auction has been a vital fundraising event in aid of SANCCOB’s year-round seabird conservation work. It is a premiere calendar event for supporters – including celebrities and special guests – who get a chance to bid on prized items and unique getaway experiences.

SANCCOB proudly welcomes the dazzling Shenay O’Brien, of Idols South Africa fame, as the special MC for the evening.SANCCOB

Eastern Cape Benefit Auction Event details

Date: 22 October 2016 (Saturday)
Venue: St Francis Links Golf Club, St Francis, Eastern Cape
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
Dress: Smart
Tickets: R275 per person (includes welcome
Bookings online at
Limited tickets available


Cup of Soup for Hospice

Cup of Soup at Rock Lily raises R16000 for Hospice

Mike handing over money for Cup of Soup for Hospice

“Cup of Soup for Hospice” held at Rock Lily in Cape St Francis on the 8th July proved to be a huge success thanks to the generous support of the event. The amazing work by the ladies of the Cape St Francis LadiesTea Club and many others that made a delectable choice of delicious soups which were served with bread, all generously donated, at both the lunchtime and evening events.

At the monthly Cape St Francis Ladies Tea Club get together yesterday, Mike Kimmings, owner of the new music pub Rock Lily on Da Game Road, Cape St Francis, handed over an amount of R16000.00 from the soup sales and donations from the event to an extremely appreciative Cape St Francis Ladies Tea Club Chairlady, Joy Wicks. Much to the surprise of Joy and indeed all the ladies attending the tea, Mike explained that the donations included not only the money raised at the event but also, that the performing musician that evening, Stuart Reece, donated his entire door takings to the cause.

Thanking Mike for his support in not only hosting the event but for also producing all the advertising and promotion that went into making the event such a huge success, Joy said it was thoroughly enjoyed by all and how great it was catching up with so many of those who support this annual event year after year. She further thanked all those who cooked up the soups that were so enjoyed by all those who attended both the lunch and evening functions.

Cape St Francis Ladies Tea