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Newsletter: December 2013

December 13, 2013

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WUCT held a gala performance of “The Wisdom of Eve,” at the Masque Theatre on 15th October. A full house of 170 people raised R10,200 for the work of the Trust.
A great Eve..ning! A great Eve..nt!
Also during October David Walsh, Cheryl Walker and friends transformed the East boundary area, between the hall and Pollsmoor, from a "not too pretty" weed filled space to a magnificent landscaped garden.  Thank you - you are stars!

Emmanuel’s Grade “R” graduation and Nativity play was held on 23rd November.
The cutest graduates and remarkable singing and dancing were a tribute to the excellent Pre-school.
Joe-Dean  Roberts, an Emmanuel past pupil, recently won the Market Toyota Top Achiever award as well as a bursary to Norman Henshilwood School for Grade 8 through to Matric.
Joe-Dean has been a consistent prize winner at Westlake Primary School after graduating from Emmanuel . We are all so proud of her.


Veronica Weier, our Community Health Care Worker, was honoured by the Sub Council 20 on 5th November when she received an award recognising her dedication and service (in the field of health care) to the Westlake Community. Congratulations Vero!

Reddam House Constantia organised an outing to their school for the Emmanuel children on 28th and 29th November. All returned very excited with painted faces and clutching “goody bags.”
Thank you Reddam, and Emma Staines, for once more demonstrating how you “Give back.”
Early Christmas presents arrived on 3rd and 4th of December.
All thanks to the thoughtful generosity of Tokai Methodist Church (TMC) and Steenberg Golf Club. God bless you! The TMC children “performed chores,” to generate the funds in order to buy the gifts. Very impressive!
Common Ground Church hosted the third “Care for the Carer” morning on November 23rd. All our Home Based Carers were pampered, affirmed and honoured as, “heroes, who selflessly serve those with health challenges.”


The Home Based Care team were also blessed by a donation from the Catholic Church of Constantia of 10 automatic blood pressure machines and 7 glucometer kits.  This increases our carers’ efficiency, thus the time they are able to spend caring rather than worrying about their equipment.

On 21st November WUCT, together with three other NPOs, was blessed to receive a substantial donation from Steenberg Golf Club’s Classic Golf Tournament. The anchor sponsor was Cadiz Asset Managers. Thank you very much to everyone involved in this wonderful fundraising event.

A World Aids Day event was held in the park in Westlake Village on 29 November.  This joint initiative by our Home Based Care Department and Westlake Clinic saw many folk tested for HIV/TB as well as blood pressure and glucose levels.  All this - despite the south-easter blowing a gale.  Well done team!
Throughout 2013 our Community Advice Office has served Westlake residents in so many ways; writing and typing CVs, sending faxes and making photocopies, assisting with government grant applications and so much more! Thank you team, and special thanks for organizing temporary jobs for 79 job seekers during 2013.
We were shocked to hear of the death of our trustee and dear friend Angus Wilson, who died unexpectedly on 11 October.  Angus and his wife Gillian have been involved in the work of Westlake for more than 13 years.  Angus will be missed by us all.  Rest in Peace faithful man of God.

And finally, Inyathelu honoured Jamie McGregor with a lifetime achievement award at a prestigious event on November 5th. This significant acknowledgement of “Jamie’s tireless work over many years to uplift the Westlake Community” was in the words of Amelia Jones, “Long overdue”.
How right she is, a fitting tribute to an extraordinary human being. All of us can add, “Amen to that!”
So, as another year draws to a close, the staff at  WUCT wants to thank our partners, donors, supporters and friends. Without you we would not (collectively) be able to serve God’s people here in Westlake, so effectively.
Thank you for all that you do and have done with and for us, for your prayers, encouragement and contributions in all forms.
We appreciate you so very much.
May God bless you this Christmas season and keep you and yours in His peace.
The team at WUCT

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