Ashbury Primary School

January 2018 Event - shoes and food blessings and more...

Our mid January month delivery is proving to be powered by blessings. January is known as the month with 45 days, as our rural folk struggle to survive after Christmas.

As we prepare to deliver school shoes & food parcels, this day has turned into so much more as we receive donations and blessings are pouring in.

This event preps started a few months ago collecting goods & particularly busy the last few weeks. God favoured this event as blessings kept flowing. We are so proud of our day. So many thanks. So many folks who showered us with love. Thank you all xxx

We extended an invitation to everyone to join us on this wonderful day initially commissioned by Sal’s Shoes UK.

Event was 19 January 2018 at Ashbury Primary School, Eike Avenue (Eikelaan) Sports grounds.

Download the poster for our event and help spread the word!


The School where all this will take place: Ashbury Primêr/Primary
Thanks to principal Johnnie Pekeur, Vice-Principal Mrs Takeloo, teachers & staff of Ashbury Primary for opening your hearts and doors for your children to receive our donors' gifts. For all the teachers /staff who are dedicating their time to work alongside us ensuring the day is one of huge blessings for our kids.

What a wonderful day! Pastor Steven and principal Pekeur handing out our food parcels to neediest identified parents. How heartwarming.

We list the donors so far and shall update as we go.

Sal's Shoes UK - flew all the way from London to Cape Town in excess of 100 pairs of shoes. Mainly school plus other casuals. They are also sending a Film Crew from Cape Town to Montagu to document our day of handovers. Thank you CJ for walking alongside RAM the last few years. You are awesome and know how much your shoes have meant looking back.

What a day of gratitude Sal's Shoes! Thank you for flying down so many pairs of shoes from the UK xx  Thanks to the Film Crew commissioned by Sal's Shoes UK - Andre & Timothy. Can't wait to see the finished video of our event.


Rubi's Rainbow of Hope - Donating in excess of 80 pairs of new Buccaneers and loads of shoes from Rondebosch Boys High plus a great amount of school shirts, shorts & trousers. In addition Rubi donated dozens of pairs of new school socks, school shirts and jerseys. Plus so much more. WOW. Thank you as always for assisting even before we can mention what we need.

What angels! Thank you Janene and Rubi for attending our event and putting in the hard work with us !! As chair it was difficult to stick to one area as I had to be all over the show, but once I saw you & Rubi in action...I knew it will be ok. Thank you for all those school and casual socks too, the kids were in heaven to receive a pair.


Toughees - Thank you for the boxed 67 pairs of School shoes as per our sizes request. Very very excited.


J.G Meiring High School- 113 pairs of shoes. What a stunning surprise they gave us. WOW, thanks Carol Muller for arranging.


Barksole - Collecting pre-loved shoes handed in by angels. We shall hand out what we have to the poor in the surrounds. Thanks Rod for bringing it to your head office for ease of collection for us.


Other HUGE blessings:

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages - donating their awesome Truck with Stage & Sound System. WOW what a gift. And on the day donating another 1500 tins of Coke that was distributed to the needy.


Oakland Dairies Rheinette Oakland - donating 200Lts of the finest fresh milk. We shall be handing out together with our food parcels.
How can we thank you for travelling from Cape Town bringing hundreds of yogurts and donating 200lts of milk with a bigger commitment of instead of 100lts per month to a WHOPPING 300lts per month..and a talk between us to follow. God is good.


Shoprite South Africa - Sending a soup truck with 3 staff members from Cape Town to Montagu to serve 1000 cups of soup and 1000 sandwiches. WOW what a huge blessings as we normally have to cook ourselves every year plus transporting which is difficult. This is a time where most rural folk do not have any food and already desperate. You are such a blessings & know we appreciate this support greatly. Also donated other food items for our food parcels that we needed.
These wonderful angels from Shoprite serving soup and bread to approx 1300 children and parents. We tried to help but nope they had all in hand.  Thank you Shoprite South Africa we are super grateful to you. We are so proud that you were part of our day serving our poor rural children. Thanks to Tamsyn for also joining us at the event.


Imagine Cruising SA, Imagine Cruising UK, Imagine Holidays- still busy sorting out logistics and will hopefully be able to join us on the day. Your support is as always breathtaking and you played a huge role in the future of the children at this school with 10 new laptops and more. Thanks for all your support and contributions to make this day a success.


Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association - will attend to take photographs & write an article to be published. So grateful as always for your assistance. New York - We are hoping the dolls will arrive in time for our event to comfort our little hearts who have very little. See the little excited face in the picture as shown of your last donation. Super excited.


The Westin, Cape Town - Donated loads of bedding which we will distribute to the needy parents of Ashbury Primary. Also donated towels that will go to Winelands SPCA Ashton, they are always in need of this and are very thankful.


Nathan Lodewyk and Ashwin - From Crazy Hip Squad - artists who will be writing & performing a RAM Rap song in appreciation of Ram's loyal supporters. A copy of the CD will be handed to each.
A first for RAM to have a dedicated song written for our donors. WE cannot thank you enough Nathan & Ashwin. Thanks to Johnny - Coca Cola for the suggestion and Carol Muller for connecting us to the artist.

Thanks to Jonathan for this video recording of our song taken with his Cellphone...not bad! Just the beginning part of the song the wind swept our sound awayand also wind damage to two banners. No matter the studio recorded CDs will be available soon.


Alvin Oldale of Signage Installation & Services for donating much needed food for our food parcels, as well as 2 delivery vehicles fully fueled for all the shoes & goods to be delivered to the school. There is a possibility of a trailer too depending on donations.


Trips and Tracks South Africa - Jonathan & Carol Muller who also assisted us on the day. Thank you as always for your awesome support. Not only in transport but in assistance.


Community Chest - Thanks to Titania, Lynette & Yumna who joined us on the day, and for all the assistance and donations.


Rainbow of Hope - Alison Alexander - So just when we thought the much needed toiletries wasn't going to be part of this year's annual food and toiletry parcels, this angel surprises us last minute with a huge donation. Passing on what they have received abundance of, to the next person in need. Rural folks are blessed to have you as our friend.


Robyn Lisa Clifton, The Cape Town Toiletry Company & The Factory Outlet thank you for the beautiful gloves & handy pockets. Our final distribution will be done at the school. We made many NPO's happy. Thank you.


Peter Herring & Pastor Clifford Rutter - For arranging a get together at Grace Church in Thornton in December 2017. What a wonderful turnout  and enjoyed this event very much. Singing Christmas Carols & spreading joy.
Thanks for bringing friends, family, neighbors along for a beautiful evening. Let's join hands for these rural poor in the spirit of Christmas to allow us to bring an item or so of dried foods to make up food parcels. Thank you Pastor for making the venue available & your guidance too. WOW we are so blessed.


Mindfield Design for the design of the Posters and marketing material and updating the website with photos and projects as we go. Always going the extra mile to market RAM and our events.


Thanks to their parents, 2 of our Shoe Mascots will be attending and proudly be handing over shoes to our children. Our singing sensation Jinelle will be rocking you with a song or two and hopefully mom Michelle Louw will do so too. Then there's the singing dad Duncan and Michelle Hennessey, Riley's dad ...who also attended.

Our 2 mascots did a sterling job today! Jinelle became the famous singer. Everyone wanted a part of her. She is so loving and now a popular part of the school. Riley worked his charm and everyone loved him including his new best friend Rubi. Thank you to our 2 mascots for serving the community. Someday you can look back at these photos and know you made a difference. Proud of you.


We take this moment to thank GOD for giving us all the donors above & their gifts to make this a day of blessing in the lives of our rural poor. Children who will have shoes, mothers and elderly who will have a cup of soup and a sandwich & hopefully with enough foods to make up parcels. Volunteers and guests will walk away feeling richer knowing we made a difference.


Thank you Montagu Country Hotel
After months & especially the last few weeks of preparation to serve this rural school with hundreds of pairs of shoes, soup/bread, 1500 tins of Coke & loads more, Steve Bruton our stalwart, a real hero and man of steel could not drive our Vito bus back to CT due to ankle pain.
Thanks to this most awesome hotel for this beautiful accommodation & breakfast ...gifted to us.
We are eternally grateful Montagu Country Hotel.


Photo credits: 
Brenda Nicolene Davids-Strydom
Janene Levy Nates
Faith Johnson
Jonathan Muller
Sal’s Shoes
Carol Bruton

RAM makes a difference in April 2016

Donations delivered in April 2016 to rural areas in the Western Cape.

Hospice Roberson - linen (check the smiles) These folk do a sterling job and appreciate anything they can get to make their job lighter. They home care many.
Bram Frail Care Centre - Ashton - linen, yogurts, fin heater, cot
Lingelihle old age home, Zolani - food, meat, curtains, curtain rails, cooked stew, cooked soup.
Huis Uitvlucht Old Age Home, Montagu - yogurts.
Huis van Veldin, a hostel in Montagu - linen, pillows, blankets, yogurts, wall paint.
Hospice Montagu - clothing & kitchenware
Ashbury Primary School, Montagu - Stationery, sweets, socks.
Talana Primary on farm road, Montagu - stationary and sweets & treats.


Lingelihle Old Age Home staff were in tears of relief for the food. So too thanked God for the curtains and rails which will help to make them compliant as an establishment, therefore ensuring they may receive more old folk intake, which will relieve their broken cash flow. They just need another R4000 for relocating their sluice to make them compliant. Can we make this happen for them?

UPDATE: Read more here on how we completed this project in June 2016...


Another eye opener for me was Huis van Veldin children’s hostel. The children must bring their own bedding and for many they do not sleep on pillows at home on weekends so do not have any to bring along. Together with the linen and paint donation, we will take photos of the transformation. We want to thank the cook who so kindly made us a lasagne and salad knowing we were off our feet and not up to cooking for ourselves. How awesome was that of her. We enjoyed it a lot and have more for today. Hugs.


Then our children at Ashbury Primary School who are mentally challenged. Here teacher Henda teaches them awesome skills. They use beads to make jewellery, this helps with their eye coordination. She teaches them baking skills too. But on a Friday, its a day of fun...leisure baking and eating. Plus watching DVD's ....but sadly the DVD machine and radio was stolen recently. Should anyone have one to spare please get in touch. It would mean so much to them.


UPDATE: Thanks to Robin Benting for donating a TV and DVD machine in June 2016.

More DVD's from Robin was handed over to Amanda from Lingelihle old age home in Zolani. Thank you Robin, these gifts are most appreciated.



Blessings in abundance! Thanks to these people and companies for donating generously for our April 2016 delivery:

Panorama Medi Clinic for lots and lots of linen, blankets, pillows, baby clothes and blankets, coverings and towels. A beautiful cot.
Imagine Cruising SA and staff for lots of stationery.
Sonnendal Dairy for donating 1000 yogurts.
Goodwood SAPS staff Babie, Nolene, Jane, Deliah, Rona donating lots of tinned foods and cooked soup.
SARS Bellville staff donating loads of vegetables, potatoes, onions & tinned foods, bedding, duvet sets. Thanks to Andriesa Jacobs for arranging. We don’t have all the names but thank you xx
Marianne & Irene van Dyk for loads of pasta and tuna.
Lions Club Edgemead for the sweets/treats arranged by Allan Donaldson
Laminin Paints Somerset West for 20 litres of paint. Owner DJ vd Merwe we are grateful. Thanks to Jenny Liebenberg for arranging.
Renette Reid for arranging soup powder with her company. That soup saved us many a day.
Deon Snyders for 10kg soya mince - this mince also saved many a day for Ram.
Supertrax CC for supplying us with curtain rails at cost price for Lingelihle Old Age Home, otherwise it would have been impossible to purchase.
Viking Fishing Waterfront Trust Fund for donating R5000 towards purchasing the rails. Thanks to Devi Frenchman for arranging.

Here we can clearly see how each played a role however big or small, together collectively we made a difference. You made RAM very proud. We salute you!