Kick off …

The Cape of Storms lived up to its historic reputation yesterday when gale force winds and rain in the form of a “Black South Easter” forced Rotarians to abandon the EPN lighting and KPOA launch event at the amphitheatre of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town and move to a nearby restaurant. It evolved into an event with a difference that resulted in excellent fellowship for hundreds of Rotarians and special guests in a jam packed venue.

Launching the ball needed special skill, with a not so mighty kick by Hans Vonk – goal keeper and Captain of Ajax, Cape Town. Hans Vonk, 40 grew up and played in Holland for Amsterdam Ajax, but he was born in Alberton, South African, hence his right to play for Bafana Bafana. He has represented South Africa 43 times, including the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

The illumination of the Old Port Captain Building with the EndPolioNow and Kick Polio Out of Africa logos, with the backdrop of iconic Table Mountain – lit in white light and swathed in cloud – sent a powerful message that our goal to eradicate Polio is within sight.

It is achievable. Failure is not an option!

District Governor Mike Saxby and Alderman Ian Nielson, Executive Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town

Special thanks to Rotarian Janey Ball and her PR team in Cape Town who provided the platform for the launch. Celebrations also included a Rotary Expo of four days at the Waterfront and the declaration of February 23 as Rotary Day by the Mayor of the City of Cape Town.

Photographs of the Rotary Day landmark lighting event at the V&A Waterfront can be seen using the following links:

Album 1 and Album 2.


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