Cape Town Chapter - Chairperson's AGM Report 2014

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT AGM  2014
Cape Town Chapter
 
This is the 14th Anniversary of the Irish South African Association and I am delighted to have been involved with the Association since its foundation.  Indeed, I am honoured to have been the serving Chairperson since 2011.
 
Over the years, we have seen our membership grow considerably. We now have over 500 members in the Cape Town chapter.
 
In 2010 we launched a Chapter in Johannesburg chaired very efficiently by my colleague Lorraine Keenan.   In 2012 we launched a Chapter in Durban chaired by Beverley Moore. These chapters have also grown from strength to strength holding many functions and helping to facilitate the establishment of the GAA games in their respective area. These teams, comprised mostly of local players trained by Irish born residents in South Africa, have gone on to participate in international competitions overseas. We are hoping to establish a similar structure in Cape Town and are looking for volunteers to assist in achieving this.
 
It is encouraging to see the interest Irish dancing has received amongst the Dunoon Township in Cape Town. The DanceTrax Studio voluntary outreach programme is so successful due to the amazing work of Wendy May. She now has 18 underprivileged children attending her workshop every Tuesday and Thursday. The parents and local community proudly emotionally supporting their children as they display all the winning medals they collect at the Eisteddfods.
 
Functions: We have held four functions this year and participated in a further 20
 
I would like to thank my fellow Committee Members for their support and work done during the past year.
 
I would particularly like to thank the Irish Embassy for all their support over the year.  This year has seen the departure of Ambassador Brendan McMahon and his wife Irene, and whilst we were saddened to see them leave South Africa, we are delighted to welcome Ambassador Liam MacGabhann and his wife and look forward to our continued close relations with them. A special thanks to our good friend  Marize de Klerk in the Pretoria office and Frank who mans the Cape Town office. We are also very grateful for the continued financial support we receive each year through the good offices of the Irish Embassy.  This grant has been so beneficial in helping our association expand and grow.
 
I will close now by thanking you all again for being here this evening and we ask you to join us after the AGM for some refreshments, food, entertainment, and craic.


Posted by Maryna Warren on 04/11/2014 14:37:11 |

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