01 – Cape Town Burns Supper Club Fundraiser

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The Western Cape Commandery of the Grand Bailiwick of South Africa recently worked in partnership with the Cape Town Burns Supper Club to raise significant funding to assist an orphanage and a home for terminally ill children.
Burns Dinners are staged worldwide in late January to early February and celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s iconic bard, Robert Burns.

Customarily, the event encompasses a programme of traditional toasts and a dinner with haggis and lamb, against a backdrop of bagpipe music, whisky, Highland dancers and communal song, along with a measure of fund-raising for a worthy cause or two.
The Western Cape Commandery was offered the chance to join the wholly volunteer, non-profit organisers of the Dinner and act as the conduit for the proper collection and full disbursement of all funds raised.

“Such a partnership brings to the table not only the proven organizational skills of the event team and their database of guests who return each year (this was the 22nd annual Burns Club dinner in Cape Town), but also members of the Order able to raise items of value to auction and raffle and to run with these two signature events on the night,” said Grand Bailiff, Dame Tamra Capstick-Dale.

At this particular social calendar dinner, distinguished guests included the British High Commissioner, the Ambassador for Ireland, Members of Parliament, a Scottish noble, many public figures and a sizeable contingent of members and officers of the Order.
The significant funds raised will go entirely to purchase items desperately needed by these two homes and include a long list of essential child healthcare articles, food supplements, clothing, toiletries, and administrative material.

The Dinner also provided welcome exposure for the Order and its work on a greater public platform.