What’s on?

* Motor Neurone Disease Awareness month and Day : 21 June 2013

* Fri /Sat 14/15 June Patensie Citrus Festival

* Fri/Sat/Sun 14/15/16 June Cook Franschoek

* Sat/Sun/Mon 15/16//17 June Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival

* Thu 20 June Grey Staff function

* Fri 21 June Start of winter school holiday

* Movie Screening I AM BREATHING @ 11h30 Fri 21 June @ Old Grey Club

* MNDA (PE) Breakfast @ Old Grey Club @ 10h00 Sat 22 June

* PE Wine Show 28 – 30 June Boardwalk Convention Centre

* Thu 27 June to Sun 7 July Grahamstown Festival

* Fri 28 June to Sun 30 June Kirkwood Wildsfees

* Fri 12 to Sat 13 July Somerset East Biltong Festival

* Mon 15 July Beginning of school term 3

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MND Day: Fri 21 June: “I am Breathing” Movie Premiere in Port Elizabeth

This premiere will take place at the Old Grey Club Lennox Street Port Elizabeth.

Time 11H30 to 13hoo

Cash Donation / Cash Bar / Club Lunch Specials available

 

“It’s the disease that most health professionals say they’d least like to get. It’s the most cruel and undignified end.” (Louise Platt, The Plattitude blog, 2008)

This year, on 21 June, in a wee village in Scotland a small group will get together to watch a film about a man who dies from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the same time, in a cinema in Finland, people are arriving from all over to see the the film, I AM BREATHING. In Russia, in the UK, across America, in Brazil, in India and across the world others have volunteered to screen the film – in village halls, schools, churches, sitting rooms, pubs, and theatres.
They have been inspired by the story of Neil Platt, who died aged 34, 14 months after being diagnosed with MND/ALS. He was determined more people should know about the disease.

Within a year, he went from being a healthy young father to becoming completely immobile from the neck down. As his body got weaker, he used his remaining months to communicate about his illness. He collaborated with the filmmakers on I AM BREATHING, wrote a blog, and committed himself to raising awareness around this devastating disease. He was determined to play a part in making MND/ALS history  and this fuelled his desire to share his story and build a community of people to join the fight.

Neil began a campaign –

– a campaign that he expected us all to finish. He wanted to be the poster boy for MND/ALS, he wanted to be on billboards, in every newspaper and across television channels around the world. During the short time that he lived with MND/ALS, he achieved a great deal – but it was really only the beginning…

“At the end of this campaign lies a cure… I am not talking about miraculous cures, you will all have gathered by now that I am a realist. I’m talking about my living a little longer, giving me the chance to impart more knowledge.” (Neil Platt, The Plattitude blog, 2009)

I AM BREATHING has been critically acclaimed since its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam in late 2012:

“Intimate documentary examining a normal-but-remarkable man and wife’s handling of his fatal disease ranks among the year’s most moving films.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

June 2013 will see the documentary burst on to screens big and small across the world. Fuelled by Neil’s vision we will share his story and build a community of people to join the fight – and you should be part of it.

Get involved

It is by raising awareness of MND/ALS that we further Neil’s vision to combat ignorance of the disease and create an army of people across the globe, all working towards a world free of MND/ALS.
You can support Neil’s campaign by holding your own screening of I AM BREATHING on 21 June 2013, Global MND/ALS Awareness Day. Your screening can take any form – we encourage you to be as creative as possible.

We know Neil would have loved the social side of Global Screening Day and would have reminded you all to have a little fun while raising awareness. He thought it useful to remind people that even just donating the price of a pint of beer can go a long way to supporting all of the research currently being done for MND/ALS, and we would encourage you all to raise a virtual glass in his memory.

We’ll guide you through the whole process with detailed instructions. The first thing you should do is register your interest and tell us what you have in mind. If you have already done that, you can now book your copy of the film and publish your event on our website.

Any questions? Check our list of frequently asked questions or contact us.

PLEASE IGNORE ALL LINKS ABOVE – HOWEVER, FOR MORE INFO GO TO http://www.iambreathingfilm.com/

ED is in week EnDing wED 29 May 2013

©2013 Edward C. Lunnon

Monday 27 May 2013: 6 years 8 months on …

Game ED

It’s been another busy week, with little time to write. And when I’ve had the time, I haven’t had the energy!

So here comes another skeleton, with hopefully the flesh put in at a later stage!

  •       Mon 20 May – we celebrated Sean’s 21st birthday at the Coachman Steakhouse; party to follow!
  •       Tue 21 May – visit from Gill (Hospice); haircut with Grant @ front cover: Newton Park; meeting with Mike Halbert (accounts); drinks at VP Tennis Club with the Tuesday Boys’ Tennis Club of Wembley Tennis Club
  •         Wed 22 May – AlgoaFM; coffee at Bluewaters café; gym; Sean’s u21 rugby at Old Grey; Neil Thomson and Rodger Gilson in Centre Stage’s Simon and Garfunkel Tribute
  •        Thu 23 May – visit from Isaac; physio with Christelle Smit; Sean’s car at garage
  •          Fri 24 May – visit from Ben; meeting PeFM
  •          Sat 25 May – day trip to Grahamstown: Grey vs St Andrews (Phillip)
  •          Sun 26 May – reunion meeting of our Investment Club at our home
  •          Mon 27 May – meeting with Sr Gaynor Bishop of the MNDA(Port Elizabeth)
  •         Tue 28 May – meeting with Sr Gill (Hospice)  

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Circa 60

About 60 – that’s the meaning of the above title and that’s our ages – give or take a good few years in all our respective cases.

“Our” being Neil and Pam Thomson, Anton and Ingrid Scholtz, Alan and Trish Stapleton and Pera and I.

And our connection being that some 20 years ago we started what we called our Investment Club.

We met once a month on a rotational basis at each couple’s home for a meal, and each couple “invested” R100 into the Club – Pera and I put in R100 each. My duty was to invest the monthly amount of R500 and to grow the money so that at some point in the future (round about now) we would cash in our investments and go on a “world cruise” together!

Two ‘hiccups’ occurred – firstly, each couple produced two more people and the group therefore grew from eight to sixteen people. Our children spoke at school about the Investment Club meetings that they attended on the last Sunday (or whichever it was) of each month! Heaven alone knows what their teachers and friends thought about this!

Secondly, at the end of year two, I think it was, when we saw the balance slowly growing in our investment account, we were tempted to draw the money and go away for a weekend together.

So, after that, we never ever gave the money a chance to grow enough for our world cruise, but we did, on an annual basis – round about Reconciliation Day public holiday in December – cash in the funds and spend a long weekend together.

We visited places like Hog’s Back, Katberg, Keurbooms, Knysna, Blanco, Blue Lagoon, East London, St Francis Bay and wherever the following criteria were met:

No self-catering by the ladies, within close driving distance of Port Elizabeth, activities for the adults and the children, inexpensive (at least within the constraints of our Investment Account balance), etc …

Well, we never would have had enough for that world cruise, but we invested tremendously in our children’s social upbringing and in their readiness for life. They learned to climb mountains, read hotel menus, order “passion fruit and lemonades”, play golf, ride horses, stage theatre productions, play carpet bowls, manage becoming lost and a host of other things that one could add to the list.

We all learned to enjoy friends and family and life and nature and good times together.

In the process, we amassed many happy memories and photographs and stories along the way.

Unfortunately, as the years passed by, and we all got older, it became more and more difficult to co-ordinate our diaries and do things together. So, some eight (?) years ago, we finally called an end to our Investment Club.

But, thanks to the labours of Pera, we managed to have a reunion of the adult members of the Club this past Sunday. Someone suggested that the Investment Club be renamed the Pensioners’ Club!

Needless to say, we reminisced (that which we could remember!) and laughed and ate and drank to Life!

Memories are made of this! (and please correct any of the above-mentioned “facts” that may be incorrect!)

 

Wembley Tennis Club Mens’ Tournament

tennis

Wembley Tennis Club

Men’s Doubles Tournament 2013

Date: Saturday, 08 June 2013

Time: 08h00 (start play)

Venue: PELTC (PE Club)

Format: Round Robin (sections dependant on number

of entries with playoffs for final)

Entry fee: R70.00 per player

Enter with a partner

 

(we will try and find one if you do not have)

This is a well sponsored tournament and will therefore be

supported with good quality prizes and good value for your money

Please support our efforts to raise funds for Wembley Tennis Club

Bring the family – entertainment, food and cash bar (Beer Keg)

RSVP: 31 May 2013

Gavin Cullen at

 

gcullen@polka.co.za or 079 528 4444

(Wembley Tennis Club; Bank – FNB; ac no. 62406261058; branch code 211417; quote your name as ref)

Tuesday Boys’ Tennis Club

 

main sponsor and organizer of the event on behalf of Wembley Tennis Club

Reunion Time

©2013 Edward C. Lunnon

Monday 20 May 2013: 6 years 8 months on …

Game ED

I haven’t written for a while – not because I’m too ill but because I just haven’t had time! I’m flying high and living life in the fast lane!

Today is Sean’s 21st birthday! Another milestone in his and our lives and one which 6 years and eight months ago I never thought I would see.

Yes, today we celebrate 21 happy years of Sean’s life. As I said to him this morning, he has brightened all our lives and the world is richer for having him in it. I pray that God may spare us all to share many more happy years together. He teaches me so much about life and how one should handle its challenges and its ups and downs.

We are so proud of you, Son, and wish you a challenging, rewarding and trouble-free journey. May the Jeeps and Journeys of life carry you safely through to the other side and may the 4×4’s, the diff locks, the GPS’s and all the other gadgets help you when the going gets tough:  Life is never an easy ride – not for anyone and not for sissy’s!

Legally, you are now out there on your own, but remember, we are always here to provide you with a safe harbour and love and affection. There will always be food on the table – hopefully, we will see you more often than that!

Congratulations and God speed!

Sean will have a party later when his friends are in town – tonight we will celebrate in Lunnon family tradition by going out for supper at The Coachman!

It’s also the end of a very busy two weeks for me!

I will try and highlight the last two weeks and pencil in the flesh later:

Mon 6 May – returned from Baviaanskloof

Tue 7 May – MND Meeting: Laughter, the best medicine; braai at VP Tennis Club with Gordon Kotze and friends

Wed 8 May – AlgoaFM, Selley Concert, start of Grey Reunion at Old Grey Club

Thu 9 May – Old Greys’ Dinner

Fri 10 May – School Assembly, Lunch in the long room with class of 1988, Parade, Supper at Arkenstone (Class of ’88), flight to Cape Town, 40 year Birthday Celebrations at Helshoogte Stellenbosch until 3h00

Sat 11 May – Breakfast at Res, wine-tasting at Blaauwklippen, Dinner at In the Vine, Somerset West

Sun 12 May – Mothers Day: Church and brunch at res, to Durbanville (Wusts)

Mon 13 May – Tygerberg Hospital, Lunch at Tygervalley with Louis VII and Corne, Paarl (Engelbrechts – Rodeberg Lodge), Taal Monument, Paarl Rock

Tue 14 May – Coastal tour to Hermanus, lunch with Noel and Spekkies, back to Paarl via Villiersdorp and Franschoek

Wed 15 May – Via Stellenbosch to Strand (Van Jaarsvelds), Beach, Ridgways

Thu 16 May – Cape Town, Aunty Pat, Vergelegen (Deon Adriaanse)

Fri 17 May – Lunch Stellenbosch (Katz), Uncle Eric, Karen H and Sonja VR, Koshuis rugby,

Sat 18 May – Aunty Doreen and Uncle Peter (Gordons Bay), Lourensford (Andre, Willem, Gretel), Supper (Irene and Pieter)

Sun 19 May – return to Port Elizabeth (plane delayed with flat wheel)

Mon 20 May – Sean’s birthday and recovery time

MONDAY 20 MAY – DEVESTATING TORNADO IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

State song and Anthem

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,

And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet

When the wind comes right behind the rain.

Oklahoma, ev’ry night my honey lamb and I

Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin’ lazy circles in the sky.

We know we belong to the land

And the land we belong to is grand!

And when we say – Yeeow] A-yip-i-o-ee ay!

We’re only sayin’ You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma – O.K.