The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 57

at Bishops prior to the Epic
for Grade 6 and 7 students from
the two schools. The Treadright
Foundation (set up by the Travel
Corporation, who own Bushmans
Kloof) provides the bulk of the
funding for this weekend. We
facilitate a busy programme; last
year saw visits to Table Mountain
and Hout Bay, ice skating at Grand
West, and a walk from Muizenberg
to Kalk Bay. The programme has a
theme around growing leadership
– last year’s was, “Am I Next?”
Each year we ask parents
for donations to assist with
the craftwork the boys do when
they work at the schools, as well
as donations of items such as
second-hand clothes and games.
The schools also supply a “wish
list” of larger projects. So far, we’ve
built jungle gyms, refurbished
buildings, planted trees, installed
air conditioners, laid down paving,
and done some smaller projects to
benefit the community. We’ve had
generous donations of linen and
related items from the Mount
Nelson and Tsogo Sun hotels, and
we’ve seen incredible creativity
from some of our parents when it
comes to reworking donated items
into curtains and cushion covers.
One of the most heart-warming
– and ongoing – initiatives came
from Michael Beckurts (2018M).
He completed his Epic in 2016,
and because he was unable
to participate in the physical
activities, we employed an art
teacher (granddaughter of Neil
Berens) to facilitate his journey
over the 16 days. Michael created
a set of cards, which continue to
be sold to benefit Elizabethfontein
Primary School. It was a joy to
attend the opening of the school’s
Grade R classroom in September
2017 with Michael and his mother.
The classroom has become known
as St Michael’s – a fine tribute.
(See Issue 3, p63.)
Apart from saying that the
Epic is one of the highlights of
their time at the College, many
outgoing matrics refer specifically
to their time doing community
work. We hope our ODs will
continue to uplift communities
and individuals in need, becoming
part of a growing group that makes
an effort to break the cycle of
poverty in our country.
Graeme Klerck has taken over
the running of the Bishops Epic
from 2020. I look forward to
working with him.
OD farmers in the Karoo,
Graaff-Reinet, Beaufort West
and Aberdeen continue to fight
an unprecedented drought.
In November 2019, Dan Frater
(1994F), together with fellow
ODs, endeavoured to help them.
By setting up a trust, Dan was
able to raise money from ODs
for much-needed animal feed.
Dan, Roger Sainsbury (1994F)
and many more then transported
750 bales of oat hay and 34 tons
of white maize from the Free
State to Grant Paxton (1994F),
who farms livestock in the
Eastern Cape near Aberdeen
(see above), while Robert Graaff
(1992F) delivered a truckload of
oat hay to Roland Kroon (1984W)
in Graaff-Reinet (below). The
lack of water in the Eastern Cape
has led to many job losses as
farmers abandon their land.
While the money raised is much
appreciated, the crisis is still
very real. To help, contact
Every year, Hi-Tec sponsors shoes for the children and accompanying adults
who attend the weekend leadership camp at Bishops ahead of the Epic.

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