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REPORT ON THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG XMAS IN JULY DINNER ON 28 JULY 2018

Posted on the 31st July 2018

It would be impossible to meaningfully describe the success of Saturday evening’s event. We therefore decided to only give a brief overview. Descriptive images are being loaded systematically as these are received in a photo gallery at this link:

http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/overberg/gallery.php?id=109

Table setting detail 

Members of BirdLife Overberg celebrated the club’s fundraising dinner held on 28 July 2018. Helé, Ronel, Anita and others worked hard all day to decorate the hall with a Black Oystercatcher theme and all agreed that they made a magnificent job of it as can be seen in some of these images. The guests were welcomed with sherry and the evening was started with the presentation of the BirdLife Overberg Oystercatcher Hero of the month award. The worthy recipient was Pinkey Ngewu, the environmental education officer of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. (See a report on this specific award elsewhere on the website).


IT WAS DECIDED THAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD DONATE “XMAS PRESENTS” TO A CHARITABLE CAUSE AND RECIPIENT THIS YEAR WAS THE ZWELIHLE RECYCLE SWOP SHOP. Narina Howard who manages the Swop Shop then thanked participants for their generous contributions.

Narina thanking participants

 

Attentive crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB MEMBER CARL SWART SAID GRACE AND WE THOUGH IT APPROPRIATE TO INCLUDE HIS WONDERFUL PRAYER:
“Thank you Lord for our feathered neighbours. Centuries ago Fransiscus of Assisi said the birds delight and benefit us in five ways - With their songs, their colours, their joyous flight, their flesh and their feathers, that warm our bodies. In the 21C we would probably differ from Franciscus about the flesh and the feathers as we now have domesticated chicken and geese for this purpose.
In your Word You say “the birds do not plant seeds, gather a harvest or put it in barns.” You said: “Your Father in heaven takes care for them.” And we are amazed to see how different birds feed and care for their young. Some species care for their own young while brood parasites get hosts to feed and rear their young.
While You care for the birds You taught us to pray – Give us our daily bread. This evening we pray for the feast that has been prepared for us. Thank you for your grace and the abundance we may enjoy this evening. Thank you for the company we are enjoying. We pray also for so many that will go hungry tonight. Please bless them.
In Christ’s name. Amen.”

More guests
And again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AND THE FOOD AND WINE!
Colleen, Elaine, Maureen, Wilmine, Titia and Jill again pulled out all stops and prepared a supper out of this world. We are still receiving thanks and praise for the meal and several requests for some of the recipes. Herewith the menu:
Salmon soup with home-made crostini/ Stuffed Pork Neck/ Lamb Pie/ Savoury Pumpkin Pie/ Lemon Butter Green Beans/ Chocolate Malva Pudding with Amarula sauce.
Thank you girls – julle mag maar.

We were also fortunate in receiving donations of excellent wines, with Black Oystercatcher Wines being the anchor sponsor for the evening. We express our sincere appreciation to Dirk and Elmarie for this kind donation. Elzette from Iona Wines and club members Louis Alberts, Viktor Styger, Steve Peck and Charles Naude are also thanked for their contributions in this regard.

AND THE GUEST SPEAKERS
The night undoubtedly belonged to Vernon Head and Mel Tripp as they charmed the crowd with their wonderful presentation on birding in the Pafuri region of the Kruger National Park. They also chucked in a short section on birding along the Zaagkuilsdrift Road. Their use of humour, handy hints on birding in the north of the park and brilliantly illustrated talk made for an exciting presentation appreciated by all. Thanks guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LUCKY DRAWS AND PRIZES
Members and friends again came forward with huge support in this regard enabling us to present great prizes for participants. Our appreciation goes to Wilfred Chivell from Marine Dynamics, Plum Lategan of Bergsig Wine Estate, Peter Hochfelden of the Lady Stanford, Anton, Daniel Galloway of the Fugard Theatre, Duncan Butchard, Vernon Head, MC Botha, Jannie Engelbrecht and Sheila Heyns for their support with this. Our gratitude also goes to Beate Muller, Chris Faure and Horton Griffiths for their generous financial donations. All contributors were thanked on our website and Facebook page and personal thank you letters were written to all. And thank you to Grant and Carol for assisting us by doing the lucky draws and awarding the prizes to the caterers and decorators.

Grant handing out prizes to the girls

 

 

Our hard working team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end all enjoyed a joyous evening, clearly illustrated by emails and calls that we are receiving and it is evident that the Xmas in July fundraising event will now become a fixed feature on the BirdLife Overberg calendar. Already I hear rumours of Helé and Ronel debating the table setting for next year???? It also seems likely that we will reach our target with funds raised on the evening. Elaine and I thank you all for supporting our Xmas in July event.

Anton

Pinkey with her Oystercatcher Hero award
Narina with part of the presents to the Swop Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Images by Ronel, Richard, Steve and Anton).

COMMENTS

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NARINA HOWARD (posted: 2018-08-13 08:53:32)
XMAS IN JULY-.DONATIONS.
Dear all,
On behalf of everybody at the Recycle Swop Shop,I would like to thank you for choosing our project as the beneficiary of your event on the 28th July.
I had a most enjoyable evening, with excellent food and a very informative talk.
I can assure you that the donations of R1150.00 and the many giftbags filled with soap, toothpaste and other essentials, will be put to good use at the Swop Shop.
We appreciate your generosity and support.
I am very happy to report that our project has since re opened, and all the volunteers are looking forward to participating in the next coastal cleanup!
Kind Regards,
Narina Howard.
0823395768.
PETER DOBLE (posted: 2018-07-31 15:07:53)
Dear Hele (and all)

As a last minute guest to the Christmas in July party, I was totally amazed at the brilliant event.
It takes something special to impress me these days but you guys did it and then some!
What dedication! What organization! Well done indeed.
When I see words like “awesome” and “scrumptious” I usually groan inwardly and metaphorically run for the hills. But, on this occasion, they are understatements.
That dinner would not have disgraced a five star restaurant!!!
Consequently I would like to correct several things which we have delayed for too long.
If worthy, be considered for full membership with immediate effect. Birdlife Lowveld will vouch for us - I hope.
We are already major supporters of DICT (Pinky is a wonderful ambassador) but contribute R500 towards Nerina’s project for a popcorn machine - in penance for not reading the joining instructions and parking inside!
With best regards
Peter
VERNON HEAD (posted: 2018-07-31 15:05:05)
Hello dearest Anton (and Leintjie),
Baie, baie dankie!
Oh, that lamb pie…!

Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your wonderful evening, celebrating birds and conservation in true and sincere, unmitigated, unadulterated, pure, joyous camaraderie! Marvellous! It was a rather special evening , my friend. (The guest house was exceptional, by the way…brilliant !) I was honestly moved and touched to be at the Christmas Party. I felt so welcome. So many new friends. So many like-minded people. What could be better.
Happy to talk next year too, or another time?! Birding Sri Lanka, if I can twist Mel’s arm?
In admiration (and I send my deep gratitude to your daughter too),
Vernon Head
TITIA BALLOT (posted: 2018-07-31 15:03:13)
Hallo Anton,
Baie dankie vir jou dankie-nota. Dit word opreg waardeer. Ek is bly dat ek ‘n klein bydrae tot die reuse sukses van die aand kon maak.
En ek is nog ‘beloon’ daavoor deurdat ek die ‘caterers prize’ van Marine Big 5 tours gewen het!! Soos die talle lofbriewe getuig, was die span se beplanning en uitvoering weereens verstommend. Baie dankie ook van my kant.
NS Volgens Elaine blyk dit dat die nota wat ek saam met ‘n donasie van R200.00 in die mandjie gelaat het en wat aan jou adresseer was, jou nie bereik het nie
Daarin het ek gese dat my kostes t.o.v. die ete nie verhaal moet word nie.
Hopelik kan jy en Elaine nou ‘n blaaskansie geniet.
Groete Titia
CARL SWART (posted: 2018-07-31 15:00:37)
Baie dankie aan jou en die span wat gewerk het aan die dinee. Dit was n baie besondere aand. Mel en Vernon se prentjies en stories maak mens net so lus om daardie deel van die Kruger te besoek.
Groete
Carl
MEL TRIPP (posted: 2018-07-31 14:58:16)
Anton and Elaine
Equally a sincere thanks, it was a most enjoyable evening.
And as Vern says the guest house was 4 star!
The wine you gave us looks quite special too and I will take a bottle to the Tankwa next month at the Cape Bird Club camp, and reflect on the Overberg Club’s ‘Christmas in July’.
And, I may be in a position to have my arm twisted for a Sri Lanka talk some time.
All the best
Mel Tripp
DI PARKER (posted: 2018-07-31 14:56:33)
Hello Elaine and Anton

Just a heartfelt thank you to you both and the A team for such a splendid evening - from table decorations to yummy food to entertaining speakers, it was superb. A huge amount of hard work for all of you and the results so enjoyable for everyone!

Best Regards

Di Parker
STEVE PECK (posted: 2018-07-31 14:16:32)
Hi Anton,
Thank you once again for a lovely evening, I appreciate all the hard work you, Elaine and the ladies must have put into making it work. (please pass on my congratulations over the the lovely food presented to the ladies)
Vernon and Mel were brilliant....
Here are the first of a few images of the night, please use what you want (if any) and bin the rest....
Cheers
Steve Peck
RICHARD MASSON (posted: 2018-07-31 14:13:45)
Hello Anton,
Thank you and the team for a superb evening.
Attached are some photos.
Kind Rgds
Richard Masson
VIVIE LOMBARD (posted: 2018-07-31 14:10:39)
Naand Anton en Elaine,
Wil net graag baie dankie sê vir die pragtige aand Saterdagaand. Behalwe vir die veë wereld atmosfeer van Hele en Ronel, was die kos en mense so aangenaam met alles wat so perfek was. Baie, baie dankie vir hulle harde werk.
Groete
Vivie