The Gift of Giving: Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations

15 June 1956 was the day on which the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital first opened its doors.

60 years later to the day, the Children’s Hospital Trust invited supporters, patrons, donors, friends and staff members of the Hospital to a special High Tea at Kelvin Grove in Newlands in celebration of that important event.

The two main speakers were Emeritus Professor Jenny Thomas, recently retired head of Paediatric Anaesthesia, and Braam Malherbe – extreme adventurer, conservationist, youth developer and international motivational speaker.

A delightful morning tea at Kelvin Grove with the Circle of Life legacy programme

On Tuesday, 12 May 2015, I joined my friends Glynnis and Max of the Pinelands Muse (our monthly community magazine) at another delightful event organised by the Children’s Hospital Trust: it was the annual morning tea for supporters, patrons, donors, and friends of the Circle of Life legacy programme.

An inspiring morning tea with Premier Helen Zille and the Children’s Hospital Trust

On 22 October 2013, I had a thoroughly inspiring tea with the Premier of the Western Cape Province, Helen Zille, at the elegant Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel on the Foreshore. Well, sort of. The tea with the Premier bit, I mean.

The function, which was organised by the Children’s Hospital Trust, was a delightful Morning Tea at which Premier Helen Zille was the keynote speaker. The topic of her talk was the valuable contribution of the ‘elders’ to the community.

Sacred Elephant is coming to New York City in September 2013!

Residents (and September visitors) of New York City – you are soooo lucky! It is sure to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Sacred Elephant, the beautifully lyrical and heart-stirring dramatic monologue by Heathcote Williams that has been transformed into a one-man stage play by director Geoffrey Hyland and talented actor Jeremy Crutchley, is coming to New York City.

Flowering fynbos, veggie patches and quaint cottage gardens: The Rotary Anns’ annual Spring Garden Day in Pinelands

Once a year in springtime, five brave residents of Pinelands generously open their gardens to crowds of curious visitors, as part of a fund-raising event organised by the Rotary Anns of Pinelands. Since moving to Pinelands about eight years ago, we have attended several of these Spring Garden Days, and they have always been most enjoyable and inspirational

A thrilling and informative Women’s Day Event creates awareness of the Defence Reserves among women in business

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document. In a previous post about some of the challenges of taking photographs at military events, I mentioned an exciting Women’s Day Event that was organised by the Defence Reserves Provincial Office Western Cape (DRPOWC)…

The excitement – and the challenges – of photographing military events

A Brief Introduction Since I first became involved with the Defence Reserves Provincial Office Western Cape in July 2010, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a range of military events and functions (wreath laying ceremonies, medal parades, concerts, and a formal dinner). I’ve gone for a spin on a Rooikat – a truly formidable armoured…

The Annual Gunners’ Memorial Service of 2011 in the Company’s Garden

Last weekend, a thunderous ka-BOOM! in the peaceful Company’s Garden set windows rattling and car alarms shrilling in central Cape Town. Flocks of doves, pigeons and seagulls took to the air in a flurry of wings, and squirrels scrambled up tree trunks, as smoky clouds of acrid smelling cordite wafted across lush green lawns carpeted…