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interact_logoInteract is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. The Lilyfontein Interact Club is sponsored by Gonubie Rotary Club

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects the aim of which is to learn the importance of:

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

Lilyfontein's Interact Club was chartered in 2004. It's motto is JUST SERVE.

The board meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month and general meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.

Lilyfontein Interact Club has one major project - to support the Canaan Care Centre for mentally and Physically handicapped children. 

They also run a blood drive each term to collect blood for the National Blood Service.

The Interact Board:

Interact_BoardThe Induction Dinner was on the 22 August and these learners are the Board for the year 2014 – 2015:

  • President: Megan Swart
  • Vice: Matthew Barnard
  • Treasurer: Johan van der Walt
  • Secretary: Kelsey van Tonder

Portfolio Holders:

  • Nicole Swart
  • Curtis Kleinhans
  • Cameron Mitchell
  • Christine Molnar

Interact Report 2016

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This year of service has been incredible, hard work, but the commitment of the Board and the club has made this an amazing year.


  • Valentine's Day cupcakes & Hearts: This event is always so well supported, but this year an outstanding amount of R8 438 was raised. The event was very ably co-ordinated by Kaitlyn Kemp.
  • Father and Son Day: A wonderful day of fun and laughter was had by all. It is always entertainnig to see how competitive the dads are! Kenia Jordaan ran this event with precision and an amount of R7 023 was raised.
  • The Disaster Dinner. As always, this was a disastrous success, and an amount of R3 999 was raised. It is always amusing to see how much fun is had by all as they try to manage eating soup with a fork, a main course with a straw etc.


  • Jersey Week – A mountain of clothes was handed over for distribution.
  • Bread Clips: Last year we collected a total of 60 000 bread clips – giving 6 wheelchairs to needy people. Over the last five years Lilyfontein has been responsible for nineteen wheelchairs being handed over. WELL DONE! To date 51 158 have been collected. This total includes collections made by the children in the Mpomolele (the informal settlement in Beacon Bay) and MBSA. Although bread is not the healthiest food to eat, PLEASE continue to support this initiative.
  • Hope School - "Little Sparklers" Christmas gifts with Matthew Barnard as our Father Christmas.
  • Langham House Old Age Home – gift bags for the residents
  • PET PALS – cat and dog food.
  • SPCA – an appeal went out because of the crisis at the SPCA and an amazing amount of food was collected and delivered.

BLOOD CLINICS – Every time the appeal goes out for blood, we bleed over the required target. It is wonderful to see parents donating at school which goes a long way in boosting our total. This initiative is very ably run by the Peer Promotors:Kenia Jordaan, kaitlin Kemp, Megan Swart, Nicola Swart, Johan van der Walt.

CHOC and SLIPPER DAY were again supported this year.

VISITS: Visits were made to the Frere Hospital to children with cancer.

SUN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SLEEPOUT: This is a national initiative to create awareness to the plight of the homeless. In true Lilyfontein style – 76 learners and 6 staff members rose to the challenge and slept out on pieces of cardboard and enjoyed soup and rolls at the soup kitchen. We experienced wind and rain on that night and found it a humbling experience, especially when we realise how blessed we all are. Collections of many essentials needed by the children at Inkwezana School were collected and delivered. Lilyfontein was one of the 3 participating schools in our province. Well done Lilyfontein!


Sophie Kieffer spent six weeks with Cameron Mitchell and her family and Cameron will be winging her way to Luxemburg on the 28th November.

Benedict Rebttu spent time here with Matthew Barnard and his family and Matthew will be joining Benedict in Munich for a white Christmas.

Jan Blinking joined Lilyfontein in August this year as a Long Term Exchange student. He will only return to his family in August 2017. Jan has settled in to life at Lilyfontein so well and only when he speaks and one hears the German accent is one aware that Lilyfontein is not home.

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: Johan van der Walt, Kelsey van Tonder and Camryn Unwin represented Lilyfontein at this workshop entitled – "Finding your inner voice".

FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Mention must be made of four Interactors who have served tirelessly and epitomised the Interact Motto, "SERVICE BEFORE SELF":



It is always such a privilege to work with the Board and Club and see the development of skills as the learners organise functions and interact with their peers and people less fortunate than themselves. It has been a pleasure to work with the outgoing Board this year and to be inspired by their enthusiasm and witness them energise the club and many times, me. To the club, your support of the board is without doubt beyond amazing.

  • My husband for his support
  • Mrs Victor for her assistance with admin issues
  • Spar for their support and donations for the SleepOut and other events
  • Dr Galbraith/Mr Els for their support and backing of the Club
  • To the Lord for inspiring all of us and for the incredible privilege to be able to contribute in however small a way to serve the less fortunate.
  • To the staff for their support and help motivating their classes when an appeal goes out.

And far from last a HUGE thank you to all of YOU (parents) – for your support to every appeal that goes out, for your generosity and for the support you give to your children to be a part of this club and help us to 'SERVE BEFORE SELF'.



Interact Painting at Jesus the Rock Mission

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Interact Father & Son Adventure Day: 22 March 2014

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Father_son_montageSaturday 22 March saw Father and Son teams gather at Lilyfontein School for the Interact Father and Son Adventure Day in aid of Canaan Care Centre. The Lilyfontein Interact group has been supporting the Canaan Care Centre in Belgravia, East London, for the past 10 years. The Centre is a registered non-profit organisation that aims to provide affordable facilities for the care and development of persons with severe and profound physical and mental disability. The idea to run a Father and Son Adventure Day for charity sprung from our roots as an adventure based school. As you can see, great fun was had by all.

According to Mrs Jacoby, Interact Teacher-in-charge, "It was an amazing (and extremely hot) day. The primary aim to was raise funds for charity, but more than this the Interact team created an opportunity for fathers to spend time with their sons and in so doing, demonstrate how important they are."

Click here to see some of the pictures taken by Sumari Roets


Interact Team win SANBS Peer Promoters' Trophy

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Congratulations to the SANBS Peer Promoters at Lilyfontein - they won the annual award AGAIN.