Saturday, October 23, 2021



"All the darkness in the world cannot put out the light of one small candle." I believe we have this small candle in our midst in Benoni Aurora.

This incredibly dedicated person is very involved in the club. It gives me great pleasure to tell you about this Paul
Harris awardee.

The person is an immigrant from the last outpost of the British Empire or “Sharks” territory and was a keen hockey player. She is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She has a brother and sister and is the youngest in the family. According to her family she has many interests the main one being sleeping. However she also enjoys
knitting, reading and helping others.

If I was a betting man I would now take a bet that very few members of the club know how much work is done for "others less fortunate than our selves" by this hardworking “backroom girl”. When looking at the criteria for nominating someone for a Paul Harris award I noticed that the candidate had to fulfil at least 4 out of the 5 criteria. This candidate does this and more!

I am thrilled to now reveal this quiet determined dynamo to you and to tell you about her work as a Rotary Ann.

Ann has been a Rotary Ann for more than 15 years, she is hardly ever in the limelight but is always available to step in and help. Ann du Bruin the co-ordinator of the monthly grocery collection. Ann begs, phones and cajoles people to assist with the collection of groceries for the recipients of the food boxes. She puts up all the advertising banners, arranges trolleys, puts up umbrellas and ensures that the trailer has a parking spot
right at the door to Pick ’n Pay. Once the 4 hours for collection are over and the helpers hand in their aprons, the helper who draws the short straw has to go into Pick ‘n Pay to buy groceries with the cash donations received from members of the public.

Now the next stage in the process begins, all the groceries are packed into packets and transferred into the trailer. Ann then takes the trailer home and turns her garage into a warehouse, where Colin has made packing tables for the groceries. All the groceries are unpacked again and sorted. Ann has managed to convince a box manufacturing company to donate boxes to the Anns and they are made up and Ann and her merry band of helpers pack these boxes with the groceries and mark and seal them. The boxes are now ready for distribution to the various recipients. All this is done very early on the Sunday morning after the collection.

How is this for a sustainable project? Ann has been co-ordinating it for more than 5 years and before this she assisted the Late Barbara Walker. This project has realised approximately ½ million rand’s worth of foodstuffs over the past 5 years and has assisted in feeding many hungry mouths. Ann is also involved in “Ride for Sight”, Fairleads and Winex.

Last year she convinced friends, family and work colleagues to knit beanies for the Rotary District Project and knitted 100 of these beanies herself. The total number knitted by her group was over 300. The Aurora Anns received a certificate from the District Governor’s Ann for their contribution to her district project.

Ann was a football fanatic but has been converted to Rugby by the men in her family who are “Sharks” supporters. She is still involved in football as she works for the Eastern League Football Association.

Rotarian Gail Wilson