CLUB News .... Glencairn Camp

"Opportunity to serve"

I took these words from The Rotary Grace as a fit-fitting title for this newsletter. During the past twelve months many people helped us here in the Rotary Camps by serving, without expecting recognition. I would like to give them some recognition by telling you about them.
For more than 10 years Louise Demjan, now an 80 year old lady comes into our camp to remove Duwweltjies(devil’s thorn). She started with 300 at a time, lately she stops at 50, that is now if we do not stop to talk to her and she loses count.
Then we have Chryssalis Academy coming to help us with 15 people at a time for three Saturdays every three months with a new intake. They come to help me on Saturday mornings from 09:00 to 12:30, with the clearing of plants and dead branches from the river.
A group of children from Ocean View helped Afri - Oceans on Wetlands Day.
Navy personnel also helped to clear part of the river at a different occasion.
The City of Cape Town Invasive Species co-ordinator, Louise Stafford, had 15 people (mostly ladies) on our site to help to clear aliens for 10 days and they cleared a lot. We had Jean-Louis of Treefellas here with his huge woodchipper and for two days they chipped wood and branches in our camp for free. They also had specialists here, to cut down huge old and dead Pine trees.

EMCE (every man can eat), a NGO, came to help with the moving of huge tree trunks. They helped for four days, working three hours per day. We also had the Paul Greyling Primary, Land Service club to help us to clear the forest of dead branches.
One day a fire started on our grounds and when I got there, many of our neighbours were already busy trying to stop the fire. The Wildlife and Environmen-tal Society of South Africa with Mandy Noffke try to constantly improve water quality through riverine restoration also helped us. They received a Lotto grant which allowed them to send us 15 people to come and clear alien plants from our river for eleven days. The river between the Navy Sports Ground and the camp was heavily infested with Port Jackson, Rooikrans, Lantana, Wattle and Hakea. They cut, stacked the cut branches and trees and poisoned the stumps that remained.
These were the big noticeable things where people gave energy, time and expertise and we are thankful to them.
Thank you—Koos Burger Warden Glencairn