Bay Breezes Feb 2021

Vision Project 2021 Kicked Off at Disa Primary Vision Testing for the new Grade 1 and 7 learners has commenced. With our optometry partners from Jonga Trust, we screened 203 children at Disa Primary on 22-23 February. Of those, 16% (32) needed eyeglasses. Their new...

Rotary Hout Bay Bursary News

Rotary Club of Hout Bay has recently circulated its first "Bursary News" for the benefit and edification of its own members on the good work being undertaken by its Bursary Team. The newsletter also provides an update for the club's many hard working mentors and...

Bay Breezes 176 Jan/Feb 2018

In this issue:  German Ambassador's garden party coming up with Am Kap:  a wonderful evening spent with our bursary youngsters, mentors, leaders and donors thanks to Alison and Keith Bull, Butch updates RC Coolamon in Oz and a national Rotary Family Health Day sum up....


Death and Tragedy amongst Beauty.... In common with other beautiful places in Cape Town, South Africa, far too many people want to live in Hout Bay - a beautiful farming valley that leads to a quaint harbour at the foot of Table Mountain. This small village town is...

Nonceba – Ashley Kaimowitz

The Ashley Kaimowitz Memorial Fund was established by the Rotary Club of Hout Bay in support of the Nonceba Centre in Cape Town, a welfare project for sexually abused and raped children.  Past President Don Peters of Rotary Hout Bay, who was awarded a...

HIV AIDS Operation Medical Hope

A Story of Faith & Hope  The impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been catastrophic in all areas of South Africa, especially amongst poorer families.  The small town of Hout Bay is no exception but after 12 years of Rotary support to the dedicated staff...

Eyethu Skate Park Hout Bay

When will the skatepark be completed? Rotary Club Hout Bay aims to complete the project by mid 2017 provided we have raised 50% of the funds. The project should take 1.3 million Rands. When 50 %of the sum of 1.3 Million is raised, we will start building....

Youth Services

RC Hout Bay has recently chartered a number of Rotary/Youth Service Clubs in Hout Bay Schools – endorsed by the principals and managed by the teachers:

The Early Act Club @ Sentinel Primary School

  • 26 children meet twice per week. Their first task: to learn all about animal behavior and feeding programs whilst helping the staff @DARG

Interact Club Silikamva High School

  • 21 young learners elected their own leadership committee to lead the club in service and community projects
  • They have already chosen a few in Imizamo Yethu and are actively working with elderly and the needy – holding a clean-up in their community on Freedom Day 2015

Interact Club Hout Bay High

  • The youth committee has already chosen their young leaders. The club with 26 learners will was chartered in September 2015.

More Youth activities:

RYLA camps (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)

Several Grade 10-12 students from Hout Bay high schools have been chosen to attend 4-day outdoor RYLA camps. They will test their skills and abilities through teambuilding exercises and individual self growth whilst experiencing fun and fellowship across cultures and languages.

Health and Welfare

  • Rotary is actively involved with the Main Road Clinic , having helped build the clinic over 10 years ago. This critical project in Hout Bay is also funded with the help of our partner Club Coolamon in Australia. Specifically, we ….
  • Help provide medical equipment, assisting the Hout Bay Health Forum with vaccination drives
  • Provide food as ‘Operation Medical Hope’ for HIV-patients and others – to the amount of R 50,000 per annum
  • Support a local community-run feeding scheme in Imizamo Yethu
  • For the third year running, as part of an African Rotary initiative, RC Hout Bay will be holding ‘Rotary Family Health Days’ in Imizamo Yethu. This is an opportunity for government health workers, as well as Hout Bay based organizations to provide a range of free health services to all members of the Hout Bay community – e.g. HIV/AIDS testing, drug-counseling, vaccinations, basic health check ups, eyesight tests referrals – only to mention a few

2015 Health Days

2015 Health Days were held on 7, 8 and 9 October in Hangberg with 6000 people attending and getting checked and treated.

  • Wheelchairs are provided for a number of needy patients in Hangberg or Imizamo Yethu
  • In cooperation with the Hout Bay Lions Club, Xmas parcels and food are distributed to families, seniors and children
  • Recently, we facilitated a donated ultra-sonic scanner (thanks to a Dutch sponsor) to be located in Victoria Hospital, replacing a 20-year old machine
  • With fellow Rotarians from Sweden, RC Hout Bay will be installing a new dental clinic in Hangberg, to operate from the Sentinel Primary School in 2016
  • In Khayalitsha, RC Hout Bay is heavily involved with the running of Nonceba, a centre for abused children

Adventures into Citizenship

Every year, RC Hout Bay sponsors a number of Grade 11-12 nominees to attend a week-long course. This course includes governance and democracy at a national and local level, visits to parliament & local municipalities, environmental awareness and more

Youth Exchange

Rotary International Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people the opportunity from other countries to immerse themselves in different communities, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding

More than 1000 Dictionaries are provided to Hout Bay Schools by our Rotary Club

Ashley Award

in memory of Rotary Youth Exchange student Ashley Kaimowitz, who partnered with two nations and many other Rotary Clubs to establish Nonceba, a rape crisis centre in Khayelitsha, RC Hout Bay awards an ‘Ashley Award’ to outstanding young citizens who uphold the ‘Object’ and true values of Rotary

Bursary Fund

We assist youngsters in gaining access to tertiary education by means of bursaries and student loans. The total value of these bursaries surpasses R350,000 annually! Rotarians from Hout Bay and our UK-partner Clubs provide ongoing mentorship – remaining in touch with all these students constantly

Other Activities

Twice a year, RC Hout Bay is very visible on the streets of Hout Bay for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Two Oceans ultra-marathon. Members of the club, along with community volunteers (we call them our Hout Bay Heroes) marshal along the route to keep the athletes and community safe