Talana Primary

Santa function - 25 November 2017 #16daysofactivism

Santa Function at Talana Farm School, Montagu. A day of spoils for children and parents. Our hearts are fuzzy with excitement. The start of our #16daysofactivism

Mothers and children were held in our hearts. Thanks to all for helping us make a difference. What a wonderful day of pure blessings.

Farm worker mothers of our farm school children being spoilt with Food bucket hampers, Milk, Coke, Yogurts, Toiletry packs a meal & treats on 25 Novermber 2017 for the start of our #16daysofactivisim for Mothers & Children.


We thank each one who contributed, making this day wonderful.

Pastor Muriel Mapling all the way from Cape Town, spent some time with them with words of encouragement, her own background as a child growing up and offered a call to mothers who need help to come forward. Thank you Pastor for this wonderful service.


Imagine Holidays & Imagine Cruising SA - Thanks for loads of Shoeboxes.
Over 70 gifted by the awesome fantastic caring STAFF.

Thanks also goes to:

- Vieira's Bakery - 144 hotdog rolls & 40 Hamburger rolls. Our full order donated..how blessed are we. All freshly baked on order. Love this bakery.

Signage Installation & Services for the delivery vehicle fully fueled. We are truly very grateful. The bus is loaded to the brim so too the trailor. We had to leave lots behind, but good to go to.have a great day tomorrow!!

- Shereen Khan for donating 120 Vienna's & 60 hamburger patties, veg for our pasta salad etc in lieu of her birthday Sunday. Thanks Shereen.for your awesome kindness. Truly appreciate.

- Shoprite South Africa for all the help with the pasta salad ingredients. We hope to spoil approx 200 mouths tomorrow with a braai meal.

- Coca-Cola for supplying lovely ice cold Coke. Very grateful

- OK Bazaars Worcester, always helping out with the handing over of Coke. We truly appreciate & even the before opening hrs of your store.

- Rubi's Rainbow Of hope for the loads of books for the children.

- Thanks Trips and Tracks South Africa for the donated transport of our team.


Thanks to the RAM volunteer staff who drove all the way from Cape Town via Swellendam over to Barrydale (4hrs) to get to Montagu, Talana Road to join us. The road closure between Ashton & Montagu caused some havoc. What an awesome treat for our farm kids. Thank you as always for your blessings.

What a day for Ram, what a touching time for these folk.

#16daysofactivism #mothers #children #santa #montagu #farmschools

Cape Town Trip for Talana Primary – opening up horizons

As part of our 5 year celebrations we took the children of Talana Primary (a farm school near Montagu) on a trip to Cape Town.

This was a dream come true for RAM. It was always our dream to bring these farm school kids to a city so that they can see what lies beyond farm roads. We need to break the cycle of poverty and give them a vision of what is possible!

Together with Imagine Cruising SA & UK and their staff, each child got a pair of school shoes, a goody bag, sweets & treats. Busses were sent to Montagu to bring this school to Cape Town and they returned home each with a pair of school shoes.

Knowing these kids didn't have shoes, there was some confusion at seeing many had some on....until I heard someone say the parents wanted the kids to "dress up" and loaned clothing/ shoes for the trip to the big city. Clearly many did not fit their feet properly!
Fortunately, the children were spoilt with a pair of their own shoes!! Each and every one ....the smiles, the disbelief on their faces were priceless. One boy sat looking at his pair...not the front, but the soles ...and kept saying “it's brand new”!

The kids were treated with lots of food, popcorn, party packs, sweets and treats, a backpack and lots more plus most importantly...a pair of school shoes.

A day to remember forever. Talana Scholars from rural Montagu will always look back at this day and know the world is so much bigger than a farm road and area. We went through to Montagu a week later to check on what they’ve learnt from the experience…and honestly everything we had hoped for, they absorbed. Our aim was to expose them to a life unknown to them so that they are inspired to better their situation. The answers were amazing...from all the ages. We were stunned at how accurately our purpose and message was taken.

Imagine Cruising SA & staff spoilt these children in such a huge way. An idea that was born after a visit to the school for an Easter Egg hunt, came full circle. Staff of Imagine Cruising, you are so amazing! Thank you for the utter spoils for these rural kids. What an awesome day! The face painting, nail painting, soccer was so much fun.


So many thank you's - please accept our apologies if we left anyone out.
Imagine Cruising SA
and staff.
Peninsula Beverages donated 24 x 1.5 lts of coke with glasses.
Sonnendal Dairies donated 500 yogurts.
Fleeting Time Photography (Pty) Ltd for the photography.
Our Rally Team 409 for bringing the car for the kids to enjoy and have photos taken.
LMC Project Management Pty Ltd for cash for purchases of Popcorn & koeksisters.
Deanne Vorster who is an editor (our own editor) and will prepare a news piece for our event.
Johan Scheepers donating 100 vienna's & rolls.
Amanda Callaghan for Tomato sauce and butter.
Benitha de Gouveia for JC's
Andriesa for sweets & treats
Kouthar Williams - getting the funding and frying off 200 koeksisters
Julian & Bronwyn Calvert – 20L cooldrink & cash towards koeksisters plus a carry bag full of sweets.
We are so blessed and thank each for helping Ram make a difference. Xxxx

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!