How are all of our members and other readers holding up? In South Africa, we have just passed eight weeks of Lockdown, almost reaching the two-month mark. We are hoping to enter ‘Level 3’ of Lockdown soon and we really hope to be able to get onto the golf course! Our business, like so many others around the world, is feeling the impact of this pandemic and the ensuing economic pressures. We are desperate to start making an income and have begun processing expenditure cuts, staff restructuring and salary decreases to combat the negative financial outlook for the coming year and beyond. We are determined to stay joyful, hopeful and compassionate, and ensure that Clovelly sees many, many more years to come. Let’s all remember that this, too, shall pass.
In times of crisis, there are often certain wonderful people who display selflessness and courage, who, regardless of their means, go the extra mile to look after others that are less fortunate than themselves. We would like to dedicate this newsletter to two of those people in our own Clovelly Family who are doing just that.
Many of you may not know Lilian Laguma. Lilian, the only female staff member down at the Greens Workshop, assists with the course admin, accounts and staff, occasionally displaying a strong sternness that any school principal would be proud of. A kind, humble and treasured member of our team; it’s a pity her interaction with members is so limited.
A few weeks ago we heard that Lilian had started a ‘soup kitchen’ for her local community of Ocean View. She runs this from her home, with the help of some friends and family members and has been able to fill many a hungry belly. Clovelly donated R 1000 towards her initiative – money well spent! We have a few photos from Lilian’s soup kitchen. In typical ‘Lilian’ fashion, she isn’t in any of them!
If any of you would like to donate towards Lilian’s soup kitchen, please scroll down to the end of this article for our banking details and instructions. Thank you!
The second member of our Clovelly Family extending themselves during the lockdown, and one who is no stranger to serving the underprivileged in the community, is RAGA’s Shaddie Valayadum.
Shaddie, on behalf of My Father’s House, and with the help of his wife, Liza, and their sons, Bracyn and Aidan, started feeding the homeless when Lockdown started. Once the homeless had been relocated to Strandfontein, Shaddie was asked to help feed the children at the Redhill Informal Settlement.
The Deep South community partnered with My Father’s House to feed 450 children three times a week and to give each child a sandwich pack, made up by the residents. My Father’s House has since, in collaboration with the community, established three community kitchens that cater for the entire Redhill community and prepares over 3000 meals each day. Another community kitchen has been established in Simon’s Town and feeds residents from Simon’s Town up to Fish Hoek, as well as the remaining homeless people. The Simon’s Town Community Kitchen caters for approximately 140 meals, every day of the week. Two days ago, My Father’s House opened up another two kitchens, this time at the entrance of Ocean View. There, they are hoping to serve approximately 250 meals per day. Their vision for the next two weeks is to open another two kitchens in Ocean View that would serve 250 meals each day and another in Masiphumelele that would look after approximately 1000 foreign nationals who have not received food parcels or grants.
We couldn’t be more proud of Lilian, Shaddie, Bracyn and Aidan. Thank you for being such a wonderful representation of the best of humanity, and of course, Clovelly’s values of community and heart. If anyone would like to support Shaddie or Lilian please donate to the below banking details. You can also donate directly to My Father’s House, reference: ComKit.
Clovelly Banking Details:
Current account #: 270394605
Branch Code: 036009
Ref: Your choice of Lilian or Shaddie
My Father’s House Banking Details:
Fathers House Account NPO 162-314
Acc # 072097418
Branch Code 036009
Of course, we are still welcoming any donations towards our Lockdown Fund for our caddies and casual staff. Our members have been incredibly generous, donating R 237 215 towards the fund! This has ensured that they will be looked after until the end of May. If you are able to spare anything, please consider this fund. Hopefully, we will be up and running soon and these members of the Clovelly Team will be able to earn a living. Until then, thank you all for your support!
It has been so heart-warming to see our community pulling together in the midst of a global crisis and we would like to thank all of our members and visitors for your support. Clovelly is a special culmination of a beautiful piece of the world, warm staff, kind members and a history of family values. However, we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for you, our golfers, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the club! Before we go on to wish you a wonderful, peaceful weekend, please see the below promotions currently running from Global Golf and Ed Golf SA.
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