Dinner dance drive for school

Enjoying the annual Hangberg Educational Trust dinner dance were, from left, Mark Lagden, Jeannine Vickerman, Graham Altman and Sandy Yon.

Some 200 guests attended the sixth annual Hangberg Educational Trust (HET) dinner dance at Suikerbossie restaurant this month.

According to the trust’s Marquerithe Schreuder, the event on Friday August 11 was an uplifting evening in celebration of the achievements of the last year, including a new pre-primary school building in Hangberg, a “happy, safe, well managed haven for 108 pre-school children”.

“The school employs 14 enthusiastic people from the local community such as teachers, class assistants, a groundsman and others who all firmly believe in the vision of the school to give a proper start to young ones,” she said.

The event was organised by a team of volunteers led by Karen Temlett.

MC and auctioneer Wayne McKay kept guests entertained and musician Guy Feldman and DJ Archie ensured that guests danced until the small hours of the morning

A R50 000 cheque handover from Rotary Club Am Kap’s president Carole Armstrong-Hooper marked the club’s continued support of the school and its running costs. Rotary Am Kap was the key funder of the new school building.

“Most importantly, the dinner allowed time for many old acquaintances from our valley to be rekindled around canapes, at the dinner table and on the dance floor. Funds raised at the event will be used to cover the monthly running costs shortfall of the school while it is in the process of registering the school for subsidies,” Ms Schreuder.

Hangberg Pre-Primary has a “support-a-child” drive while it is the process of registering for subsidies.

Members of the public can sponsor a child at R4 000 for a year with either a once off-payment or ten monthly payments of R400. A wall with 120 hand-prints and donor names will be created in the school to recognise all “support-a-childers” .

Email hangbergeducationaltrust@gmail.com or call Tania Gray at 082 491 5626 for more information.