On Thursday evening, 12th March, a small group of Rotarians and Rotary Anns (Richard Jones, Ethne Papenfus, Pem Rogers, Rob & Uanne Gibson, ) hosted Joel for dinner at the Kimberley Club. The next morning Richard hosted a breakfast meeting at the Solomon Guest House to discuss the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) global grant that Carroll Creek (Maryland) and Kimberley South Rotary Clubs are in the process of submitting.
After breakfast, Joel was collected by Thuso Jones and Lebo Ntong from Grassroot Edge (an associate NGO working with (Grassroot Soccer) who took him to their offices and on to see potential schools in Galeshewe township that will form part of the FASD project. Late morning it is was time for a bit of history and site seeing when Rob Gibson took Joel for a visit to Kimberley's famous Big Hole Mine Museum.
At lunchtime Joel, Thuso and Lebo attended the formal weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Kimberley South. Joel gave a talk about the work of Hope in South Africa in Richmond, Northern Cape. Thuso Jones and Club President Johanna Snyman took the opportunity to sign the Rotary Global Grant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Rotary and Grassroot Edge.
In the afternoon Joel took to the road to drive the 400km to meet with the Rotary Club of Colesberg before proceeding to Richmond, the main purpose of his visit to South Africa.