Rotary Thank You Letter To St Francis Community For Support For The The Golden Oldies Santa Shoebox Project

Rotary Thank You Letter To St Francis Community For Support For The The Golden Oldies Santa Shoebox Project

The Golden Oldies Santa Shoebox project has been rolling out across the communities of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis over the last week to bring a little bit of joy to some our most needy senior citizens this Christmas.

The Rotary Club of St Francis would like to thank the community of St Francis for the amazing support which enabled us to contribute handsomely to the target of 500 packages containing basic hygiene products and sweet treats.

In particular, we must thank St Francis College for adopting this project for this term’s Thoughtful Thursday project. The College contributed 100 packets carefully packed and decorated by the school children, many with lovely messages written on.

The roll-out began with a delivery of 30 boxes by volunteers to Hospice in Humansdorp on Saturday 19th November to be distributed to needy Hospice patients during December.

Rotary Thank You Letter

On the same day the packets prepared by St Francis College were distributed to the residents of Ons Tuiste in Humansdorp. The school’s choir delighted the residents who were able to attend the braai by serving their lunch, entertaining them with a medley of Christmas carols and then handing out the gifts and chatting happily to all the Oumas and Oupas.

Thanks must also go to the volunteers from Polipharm and J-Bay Trauma Centre and the Rotary Club of St Francis for providing the braai lunch and to the staff of Ons Tuiste for assisting volunteers and College students in handing out the gifts to those too frail to attend the lunch.

The roll-out continues this week in Jeffreys Bay and Pellrus and next week in St Francis.

Thank you once again to everyone for entering into the spirit of giving and remembering the less fortunate amongst our senior citizens. Most of these pensioners are surviving on minimal pensions, and will be alone over the Christmas season – so we hope these gifts will help lift their spirits put a smile on their faces.

Rotary Thank You Letter

L- R: Tracy de Jager, Rtn Errol Burman, Sister Ingrid Williams, Rtn Lyn Aitken, Rtn Ivan Beaumont.

By Lyn Aitken

Rotary St Francis Bay

How To Ensure A Happy And Memorable Festive Season

How To Ensure A Happy And Memorable Festive Season

The Human Side Of Money presented by Client Care Lifestyle Financial Planning

As 2022 approaches its end and the new year starts together with our new hopes and aspirations, the festive season looms. The last few years have been tough on all of us, especially those who do not have limitless financial resources. Markets have tumbled twice in the last 3 years, temporary affecting our investments and interest rates have moved up 3.25% just in the last 11 months causing everyone’s debt (cars, houses, etc) to skyrocket. Most of us have had to tighten our belts which we all know ultimately affects our lifestyles.

We always look forward to December as it is a time when family reunites, we see old friends and we all aim to relax and have a festive time. At the same time, the festive season comes at a financial cost, and this can be the cause of disagreements and stress. Here are 3 points you can help you stress less this December while still making sure you have a memorable time.

  1. Agree on a December budget.

Agree on what you can spend over December in total then plan your activities around this. Set guidelines for Christmas gifts such as the maximum cost of presents or go the “secret Santa” route. Decide where and how many times the family is going to eat out and book ahead so it is something everyone can look forward to. You can plan your home meals, things like a burger night or pizza lunch allow you to control the cost of these special times and keeps everyone involved.

A Happy And Memorable Festive Season

  1. Schedule activities and stay flexible.

Very often over December our homes are filled with family members of all ages, from Grandparents to toddlers. Consider activities that will appeal to the whole group and where some special family bonding can take place. Kids need to burn off energy and us oldies need time to relax and recuperate, so make sure that everyone gets some of what they need. If babysitters may be needed some of the time, plan this ahead.

  1. Preserve the memories.

Who knows when everyone will be together again so make sure that you take plenty of pics and even videos of the special moments. Thankfully our phones have camera’s that can help with this and help us share these moments with the whole group. These pics can be enjoyed over the next few months and for years to come.

A Happy And Memorable Festive Season


Planning is the key to less stress and happy times, make sure you discuss as much as possible before the festive season and then enjoy the fruits!

Dirk Groeneveld, Certified Financial Planner

t. 083 261 9287


Client Care Lifestyle Financial Planning

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