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.


FOSTER JOL a lot of fun

FOSTER JOL at Cape St Francis Resort

Cape St Francis Resort really pulled out all the stops on Saturday night when they hosted the FOSTER ‘JOL’ in the Joe Fish Restaurant and Bar. The crowd of over 150 souls rocked the night away to some great music, first by local group Grosvenor Road Band and later, when the night really got ‘a Rockin’, to Port Elizabeth group, The Brothers. With tickets just R100 a head which included a Potjie supper it was a steal for an evening’s entertainment amongst friends and neighbours and for a great cause.

With some of the resort staff away competing in the Meislespoort run / walk it was left to the remaining staff to run three simultaneous functions at different venues in the resort on Saturday evening and as always, they coped without the slightest glitch. Not one for standing in queues for food I was prepared to give the potjie supper a miss but the tantalising smell was for too enticing and thankfully so efficient was the serving that the queue moved along rapidly.

The purpose of the evening was apparently to celebrate FOSTER’s 25th anniversary but one would imagine, also an opportunity to raise funds. Certainly the FOSTER JOL was well supported but chatting with some of the committee during the evening it was a little concerning to hear how poorly FOSTER is supported in terms of membership by the greater St Francis community. Considering the importance of conserving the nature reserves that surround St Francis, and the value of these reserves for their tourism, one would have expected a far greater support.

Membership is apparently only R150 a year but a visit to the FOSTER WEBSITE does not seem indicate this on either the membership form or elsewhere on the website. Possibly by adding this information they could attract a few new members as the website has some rather interesting information and certainly gives one a better understanding of FOSTER and all the great work they do.

One only needs to look back at the huge role FOSTER members played in the January fires and the work they have done subsequent to that disaster in clearing fire breaks to realise how important their contribution to our community their is.

Some of those who enjoyed the FOSTER JOL

FOSTER JOL at Cape ST Francis Resort