One of the most popular events to take place each year during the "Poetry in McGregor" weekend is the Poetry Eucharist in The Little Way Chapel at Temenos on Sunday morning at 9.00am. The service is led by Rev. Bob Commins who commits to donating the money taken during the Offering to a local charity. This year he added the donations taken at the door of his Saturday evening Meditation in The Well. An amount of R1 280.00 was collected. A unanimous decision was made to donate the money to the Byekorf Creche following the appeal that was sent out on their behalf on the 25th of August:
(Writing on behalf of Christeline Davids): The Byekorf Creche was burglarized this past weekend. The kitchen was accessed and cowards stole vital products from an already needy creche. If you have a donation of milk, sugar, cereal, biscuits or any other product you might not need, please deliver to Christeline Davids - the lady who runs the crèche with a few helpers. They do amazing work at Byekorf with minimal resources. Do another 67 minutes today, tomorrow....constantly. The covering over the sand pit is in need of repair...any builders out there...take a look and offer your help. Many thanks in advance for your generosity of spirit.
McGregor Arts Community Project committee members: David Magner, Jennifer Johnson and Daniele Debellis paid a visit to the Creche to hand the money over to Christeline. She was completely overcome with emotions of deep gratitude. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this donation which has touched one of the hearts of the McGregor Community.
On Thursday 8 September, Jenny Johnson and David Magner paid a visit to the McGregor Library. During the Schools’ Festival section of the Poetry Weekend,on Friday the 26th August, the Library had hosted a number of local children as part of our outreach programme to the community. Librarian Soretha and a team of volunteers had read poetry to an enthusiastic group of Grade 4 and 5 children. The children spent a wonderful hour in the company of magical poetry, and we were delighted with the support we had received from the librarian. So we headed off to the library to say thank you to Soretha. Two years ago the founders of the Poetry Festival created a Non Profit Organisation, The McGregor Community Arts Project, to act as a fundraising vehicle for the festival. Significantly, the organisation is specifically aimed at the Community, and as such we try to use any profits we make from the festival for the benefit of our entire McGregor Community. We were thrilled to present Soretha with a R1000 donation to assist her in obtaining poetry books for the youth. We also gave her copies of the Festival anthology for the last three years, and other poetry material. Thank you for your help, Soretha. You are a star!
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