The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station at Yzerfontein was officially opened this last weekend (25 July 2015), thanks to the successful wine auctions hosted by the Rotary Club of Newlands and Table Bay in 2013 and 2014 in the Western Cape and the Rotary Clubs of Knights Pendragon and Sandton in Gauteng earlier this year. The auctions raised a whopping R926 000 00 in total! These funds were used to complete the truly magnificent NSRI station at Yzerfontein which includes, boat storage for two vessels, a garage for a tractor, an operations room, crew facilities, a training room as well as a trauma counselling room.
Rotarian Richard Burnett said, “Rotary’s motto is ‘service above self’ and we believe our values are similar to those of the NSRI. They have very high standards and are a massive support to the marine community and in times of disaster. We treasure our relationship with the NSRI and are pleased that over the past 20 years we’ve been able to contribute six rescue craft, a couple of 4 x 4 vehicles, several operational upgrades and now this magnificent base from the funds raised from the wine auction. We are very grateful to all the wineries and their winemakers for all their generous annual contributions to make the wine auction the huge success it has become today.”
Ian Weinberg of the NSRI added, “The NSRI are proud and honoured to be associated with Rotary’s Wine Auctions and look forward to continuing this relationship for many more years.”
This year’s wine auction has been confirmed to take place on 08 October 2015 at the Table Bay Hotel. Money raised during the auction, will go towards a new 6.5 meter NSRI rescue boat that will be based at Melkbos.
Please contact Krista Lazzari on or telephone the NSRI at 021 434 4011, should you wish to donate any wine, book a table at the glamorous function or would like any additional information about the wine auction or the NSRI Yzerfontein Station.
For any media queries, please contact: Regine le Roux on / 083 302 1528.