Dumela one and all….
The time continues to fly by and it is hard to believe I am only here for 1 more week!
We started the week with an all staff meeting, and everyone was given tasks for the next couple of weeks to keep them busy while George was away from the office. I had some good news about the Christmas Party at Ga-Rankuwa, the Church of St Francis (Waterkloof) agreed to help fund it, which was great news, with R1,100 already pledged and the offer of cupcakes for all the children. I also had friends and family from home agree to help with funding, so all is coming together well for the best Christmas Party ever. We are going to be able to have a “jumping castle” each child will have lunch, this has kindly been donated by Alma from Wimpy at Woodlands and will include burgers and hot dogs, as well as some healthy options. We will be catering for around 100 children between the ages of 2 – 18 years old. There will be games like musical chairs and pass the parcel with lots of prizes and each child will go home with a party bag and individual present! The older children are going to do a music and dance performance for everyone and in the mean time all the children have been busy making decorations for the big day, out of painted toilet rolls and painting old newspapers! A lot of time this week seems to have been spent on planning for the party, but I have managed some other work as well.
I spent a day with the HCT (HIV/Aids Counselling and Testing) New Start team in Sammy Mark Square in the centre of Pretoria. I joined Tshidi, Lesego and Madikgang in the mini bus full of equipment for the day, including 4 tables, around 14 chairs, 3 tents and all the equipment and paper work to carry out the testing. We set up in the square and before we had finished putting up the tents people were wanting to be tested. Forty tests were completed in around 4-4 ½ hours with a steady stream of people registering to be tested. It was constant work for the two testers who did not stop the whole time to get through as many tests as possible. There were a variety of people, both male, female, young and old all wanting to be tested and receiving the results there and then.
I joined June for morning tea again and after the tea party we had a planning meeting for the Christmas party. At tea I met up with friends and former parishioners from my Dad’s era of working in Pretoria in the 1950’s which was interesting. I also got to meet Phyllis Kraft who I had just been typing about in the history of the Mother’s Union, so I was able to remind her of the day she had been at the Lady Day Celebration with her husband Bishop Kraft and received a dress in the same pattern as the shirt that was presented to her husband, not surprisingly she was impressed with my knowledge and a little confused until I explained I was doing a special little project for Bishop Seoka which was the typing up the history of the M.U of Pretoria.
I rounded off the week going to the tennis for the finals day of the South African Open Nationals and watched the men’s and ladies singles matches.
The weekend will be busy again with the tennis camp at Hammanskraal at the Nelson Mandela sports centre on Saturday and a visit to St Francis Church in Waterkloof on Sunday.