Sakhingomso Educare Centre: A letter from the president
June 1, 2012
Coins for Causes
June 6, 2012

Our Club was very fortunate to be given the opportunity of collecting 210 kgs of non perishable foods from Curves of Claremont.  Together with a friend we reweighed and repackaged the bulk products and were able to distribute 25 nourishing food parcels.

Three went to the Malacit  Home, two with 2 months supply of ePap  went to a desperate family from Rwanda whose daughter required  a further major heart operation but only after she regained weight, and the social worker says a great improvement.  Two went to a Zimbabwe family with four children where the mother had taken very ill and the father without work. Two went to the Cottage Garden, one to Claremont night shelter and the balance to Dorothy in Ravensmead who feeds 60 children and 120 adults with her soup kitchen which she runs 3 days a week.

This project started by Curves has now been taken up by the residents of  Pinewood Village, because I asked nicely.  The food from the village will be collected over three months and donated to desperate and starving families in Brooklyn Communicare flat.

















Jo Maxwell
Jo Maxwell
Born and schooled in Cape Town.   In 1959 age 21 disappeared to the distant north and spent 4 years in London.  Married Stuart in Johannesburg in 1968 and produced two children, Caryn and Warwick. Moved to Pretoria in 1977.  Stuart died in 1985 and darling son died in 2000.  Now a grandmother (called JoJo) to two boys aged 2 and 5. ,  Started and successfully ran 3 businesses in Pretoria with absolutely no training.  Domain, an interior decorating shop.  Du und Du, a coffee shop/restaurant.  The Inner Eatery, another coffee/lunch shop.  Moved back to Cape Town in 1989.  In 1995 opened  Bishopsfield,  a four star guest house in Rondebosch.  Retired from incoming earning efforts in 2003 and began working in the disadvantaged communities.   In 2004 started the first Chapter in South Africa of the Red Hat Society of America.  Called ourselves the Cape Town Red Hat Renegades and changed their motto of Fun and Friendship after 50, to Fun and Friendship with a Purpose. Our first Purpose was to fund raise and feed 600 children in 10 crèche’s in the Browns Farm informal settlement a daily breakfast of ePap..  Now 900 children and 14 crèches.  Volunteer driver for Project Daphne for 20 years.   Invented the very successful Good Night and God Bless waterproof sleeping bag in 2005, sponsored by Claremont Rotary and still being made by hundreds of people and which has now been taken up in Wales, Scotland and England after a demonstration to the Royal College of Medical Practitioners in Swansea in 2011.   Won the Cape Times/Vodacom/Waterfront Woman of Worth in 2005 – rather a shock.  Introduced into Claremont Rotary by Chris du Plessis and inducted as a member in 2005.  In 2008 I became a Paul Harris Fellow. Involved in many projects – some Rotary, some personal and some under the CTRHR Chapter.  Did a World Cruise from Southampton through Panama Canal  in 1995.  East Coast through Suez to UK 1997.  Baltic’s in 1999.  West Coast to the UK 2010.  Compulsive letter writer to the press with more than 1500 letters published since 2000. Hobbies – still play a little bridge mainly for charities.  and a little beading,   I like to tell people that I do community work because it keeps me off the streets and out of mischief.  I have been called many things, impulsive, impatient, independent, incorrigible  but prefer being called a maverick.  

1 Comment

  1. James Robertson says:

    Very nice post Jo! Happy to see you have got the hang of posting, and by yourself as well!