Gourmet Dinner

The occasion was held on the 29th of March 2017 at the ICC (International Convention Centre) Cascades Hotel


To be edutained through a food & wine pairing and by making a contribution to our beneficiaries:

  1. St Bernard's Hospice who provide home-based palliative care
  2. NSRI who provide sea rescue services along our coastline
  3. Salem Baby Centre who provide support to indigent mothers and their babies
  4. Masithetha (Life Line) Counselling Services who provide crisis counselling and support services.

What do you get?

A gourmet 4 course meal, prepared by;

  1. Cape Town based, French born Chef - Marc Frederick
  2. Prana Lodge Executive Chef - Jaycee Ferreira and ICC Executive Chef - Neil Davy and his team
  3. Five wines, selected and presented personally by Michael Fridjhon at the start of each course.

Michael Fridjhon is widely recognised as South Africa's foremost wine taster and wine judge, with over four decades worth of experience in the industry. He has vastinternational wine experience, is an excellent writer and brings an unparalleled judgment and experience to the task of reviewing a wine and its potential. However, what many people do now know about Michael is that he is the recipient of the prestigious Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award. A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded by Rotary International, to people who exemplify the spirit of Service above Self, and who through their generosity of time, money or expertise make a significant and ongoing difference in the world. A Paul Harris Sapphire (a double Paul Harris) was awarded at the Gourmet Dinner to Michael for his unwavering support to Rotary and thereby our communities, through his personal involvement as the auctioneer of our annual Wine Auction which is our premier fundraising event. This has led to the raising of over R5 million over the years.

For more on Michael also visit his website at www.winewizard.co.za.


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Gately Rotary and Bigfoot Express Polio Challenge

Brought to you by Bigfoot and the Rotary Club of Gately, the Polio Challenge 2020 will be last fun run of its kind as Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio around the world have been hugely successful - with only a few outbreaks in limited areas.

Please join this historical event on Saturday 22 February 2020 at Old Selbornian Club. Tickets available at Sportsman's Warehouse from 8-20 February 2020. Entry fee is R70 for adults and children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) can enter for free"The Gately Rotary Polio Challenge will take place on the 22nd of February at Bucco Astro Park. 

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Polio is a paralysing and potentially fatal disease Yet total unknown to most South Africans due to the involvement of Rotary International .

In 1985  Rotary International took a momentous decision to tackle polio eradication worldwide through the mass vaccination of children .

Rotary International  set an initial goal to raise  $120 million  and it became the first major fundraising campaign undertaken by Rotarians World Wide for a single project .

By 1987 Rotary had surpassed the goal and raised $ 220 million .

In 1988 , polio was present in 125 nations of the world and there were 350 000 recorded cases of polio each year . To assist  Rotary they partnered with the World Health Organisation  (WHO ) The United Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the US Centre’s for disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This partnership is called the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) In 2007 Rotary eneted into a further partnership . This  time  with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation . The foundation issued a $100 million challenge grant to Rotarians to continue to raise funds for Polio . Since then the foundation has given Rotary more than $600 million and in 2013  , the Gates Foundation issued a further 5 year challenge to match Rotary’s contributions .

In 2016 in line with East Londoners love for  healthy living Gately Rotary  decided to add to our already extended fund raising a Polio Fun Run Challenge .Our first challenge was held at the end of January 2016 and given the success and the fun had by all who participated it was decided  to make this an annual event .



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Wine Auction

The annual Wine Auction of the Gately Rotary Club is a prestige event on the Club’s fundraising calendar and is very well supported by numerous wine estates in the Western Cape.

The auction is held under the leadership of well known wine connoisseur, Michael Fridjon, who acts as the Auctioneer, whilst an enthusiastic East London community participate eagerly in the auction.

It is a tribute to everyone involved that such a large part of our industry and local community has united around this exciting endeavour. The Gately Rotary Trust is mandated to raise money to support a host of beneficiaries.A major new fundraiser with international support is the Early Childhood Development Programme. Through your generosity and support, we will be able to create magic and change the lives of those less fortunate than us.Let’s have a great time and contribute to making a real difference by digging deep.

The date for 2018's wine auction is the 1st of June 2018 at the Regent Hotel. This year includes new features like some "Mystery Lots" and also and "American Style Auction". There will be opportunities for companies and individuals to advertise in the very upmarket wine auction catalogue. There will be a greater focus on promoting the lifestyle around wine in general so art work, weekend getaways and even jewellery items will form part of the lots for the auction.


Below are photos from the 2017 Wine Auction.

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 Many thanks to our sponsors...

AON, Bax Kaplan Attorneys, Buffalo Timber, Castle House, Dennis Collins, Global Business Solutions, Harrys Printers, Hollard, Jumbo, Jumbo Clothing, Kempston, Kriel Optometrists, La Cuisinette, Lite City, Marais and Smith Charted Accountants, MSC College, NPM Geomatics, NVest Securities, Oconnors Auctioneers, OHS Chartered Accountants, Olivewood, Premier Hotels and Resorts, Sanook, Shone's Electrical, The Hampton, Reciprocal Wine Trading Company, Tops at Spar, The Cricketer, Tosca, Vinimark