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:
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
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.”
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.