A Tribute to Jimmy
Jimmy Vanwolleghem was
introduced to the Rotary Club of Pretoria East by Jos Graindor in
1992. A popular and active member of our Club, he became President
in 1995/1996. In 1999 Jimmy was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow
for his contributions to the community through Rotary.
After Jimmy's untimely death in a car accident, his family felt that
that they would like to commemorate Jimmy's contribution to Rotary
in some way. They created a fund for this purpose and a floating
fellowship trophy was procured.
Samantha and Ken Vanwolleghem, Jimmy’s daughter and son introduced
the trophy at a club meeting.
Jimmy was of Belgian origin and a prominent businessman, being the
owner and Managing Director of Van Opstal Masjienerie, an
engineering firm in Waltloo, Pretoria. As a Rotarian, he used his
business and business contacts to the advantage of the Club's
projects and played a crucial part in the establishment of the
Winterveldt School Project by obtaining a donation of two forty-foot
containers and transforming them into an office/storeroom and a
kitchen at no expense to Rotary.
Besides the containers, all the steel windows and doors, as well as
the material needed to electrify both containers were donated. He
supplied a truck to transport the containers to Winterveldt, 50 km
north of Pretoria, and a crane to lift the containers over the fence
of the school site. These containers are still in use and have
recently been donated to Winterveldt HIV/AIDS project, which our
Another notable contribution by
Jimmy was his involvement in the MASCA project in Mamelodi which was
the Club's centennial project in 2005. Funds for the construction of
covered walkways between the buildings were supplied by the Club,
while Jimmy's firm did the construction at a special price. This
meanth that there was dry access between these facilities in wet
Winterveldt HIV/AIDS Cargivers Project
The Winterveldt is an area of about
14 by 14 km with an estimated .750 million inhabitants. There is a
very high level of unemployment 70%. An estimated 10% of the
population is infected with HIVAIDS and TB.
The Winterveldt HIA/AIDS Project (WHAP)
is a non profit organization comprising 51 staff members that offers
basic care to AIDS sufferers in the Winterveldt. The group cares for
about 300 sufferers and 1200 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children
in various ways:
Assisting HIV/AIDS sufferers in transport to clinics to obtain
medication etc. Typically using wheelchairs provided by The
Rotary Club of Pretoria East.
Ensuring sufferers take their medication.
Regular visits to each sufferer to provide comfort and ensure
they are well fed and are generally not in stress.
Offering s support system for AIDS orphans.
Assisting AIDS sufferers and orphans in securing social benefit
grants and medical services as provided by the state.
Assisting with Aids education in schools via pier groups.
The Rotary Club of Pretoria East has
been involved with the WHAP caregivers group for eight years. The
outcomes of this involvement have been, (for further details of
each of these achievements visit our website www.rotarypretoriaeast.org.za).
The implementation of a financial record keeping system that has
allowed the WHAP group to approach other funders with sound
financial records for grant applications.
The purchase and distribution of food parcels funded by
The purchase of school uniforms for 56 indigent children funded
by a donation from The International School in Amsterdam.
The provision of blankets in 2011 and 2012.
The provision and maintenance of wheelchairs
The construction of a small storage room for the wheelchairs and
other items, e.g. 3000 shoes donated by a South Korean Company.
The construction of a new toilet block with support from The
Rotary Club of Chelmsford, Boston USA, a District grant, RCPE
funds and The Australian Governments Development Aid Programme.
The development programme
In view of the previously ad hoc
development of the WHAP facility, the RCPE and the WHAP group
recognized the need to develop a long term project plan. The
critical needs were identified as:
To improve the security of the existing site. Many valuable
items have been accumulated over the years, (computers, cooking
equipment, fridges, and wheelchairs) and the current perimeter
fence is inadequate.
To erect a permanent administration block, (the current building
is made from mud bricks and is frequently damaged by storm water
rain.) This building will comprise an office a meeting room and
a store room.
To secure long term funding for the food parcel scheme. It is
evident that here are approximately 480 families that can be
effectively reached by the caregivers group.
To rewire the buildings to comply with local safety standards.
Cost need to be determined.
To secure funding to provide school uniforms to children of
indigent families. Costs need to be determined.
The person to contact to assist with this programme is:
Winterveldt HIV / AIDs caregivers toilet block
existing toilet at WHAP HQ consists of a corrugated iron sided
“room” with a seat of timber with a hole cut in it over a long
drop. It is inadequate for the needs of the staff, very unsafe,
unhygienic for the users and probably contaminates the ground water.
The project aim is to improve the sanitation facility of the WHAP
offices in the Winterveldt by constructing a toilet block.
Funds for this project have come from the RCPE, District 9400, RC of
Chelmsford, Boston USA and the Australian High Commission direct aid
Construction of the block has been
completed by late 2011.
Winterveldt team of Clive, Bernard and Mayda chalked up many
successes this last year. The major achievements included Food
parcels that were given to many HIV/AIDs suffers over a period of
many months, funded by the two Lane sisters (friends of Bernard and
Mayda), the Jindalee Club in Brisbane Australia and the Harpenden
Village Rotary Club, UK.
School uniforms were provided for many children, funded by the
British School of Amsterdam, again through Bernard and Mayda’s
network of friends.
5 new wheelchairs were provided and others repaired.
A shelter was built to hold the many wheelchairs and other
Paint was provided to decorate the buildings.
Baby clothes were donated by a friend of Clive’s and a parcel of
clothes donated by the Interact Club of St Paulus School.