Fundraising: The 2015 Calendars

The 2015 calendar is out!!

Artist Emma Appels-Riley captures Cape scenes with a touch of whimsy in a splash of riotous colours.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the St Francis Church, the oldest Anglican church in South Africa and tribute is paid to this historic milestone in the front of the calendar.    The early history of the church as well as other churches in Simon’s Town is portrayed in Boet Dommisse’s book “The Six Saints of Simon’s Town” .  Sadly Boet passed away a few months after the book was launched, but it is a wonderful tribute that the funds from the sale of this book are all donated to St Francis Trust for the running of the “Homes To Grow” project which supports vulnerable and abandoned children affected by HIV/Aids.

All enquiries may be directed to Uwe Hass: uweh@realtime.co.za or Monika du Sautoy: peteandme@mweb.co.za

These calendars can be purchased at the following venues: Reader’s Warehouse, Tokai, Wordsworth, Sunvalley Mall, Simon’s Town Pharmacy,  ST Thomas Church , Rondebosch. St Margaret’s Church Fishhoek. Further distribution points to be advised.

“The Six Saints of Simon’s Town 1814 – 2014”

Professor Boet Dommisse presented his latest book at a launch on the 26th March 2014, in St Francis Church, Simon’s Town.

“The Six Saints of Simon’s Town 1814 -2014” chronicles the 200 years of the first Anglican Church established in Southern Africa.’ St Georges Church’ as it was then called ,was built opposite Jubilee Square at the site of the present ‘Pescado Restaurant’ and a plaque will be unveiled by Bishop Margaret.Vertue on the 26thApril, followed by a procession to the present St Francis Church.

In 1819 torrential rains caused the original church to collapse and by the time the Simon’s Town Anglican congregation had collected enough funds to rebuild, Cape Town had started building the ‘St Georges Cathedral-so they had to rename their church ‘St Francis Church’ on it’s completion in 1837.

Boet’s book deals with the activities of this congregation with sensitivity and humour and also relates the happenings  to  current world history.  A great read and we thank Professor Dommisse for his meticulous research. Furthermore he was able to get the MR Kingswell Charitable Trust and the Simon’s Town Cultural and Heritage Trust to fund the printing and publishing costs, so that the entire proceeds of the sale of this book are donated to the St Francis Outreach Trust. This group of caring people has been able to build and support the “Homes To Grow” foster homes that nurture orphaned, vulnerable and abandoned children in townships in the Cape Peninsula. These funds are most welcome towards the purchasing of another plot.

Uwe Hass, Trustee  Tel: 021 7865487