Members of the Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse (L2L) committee visited The Butterfly Centre in Stanford on Tuesday 27 August to announce that it had been chosen as the main beneficiary of the L2L Ladies Walk, which will take place from 12 – 15 March 2020.

A flabbergasted Jami Kastner with Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse chairlady, Ronelle van Zyl. PHOTOS: Taylum Meyer

Committee member Elaine Bayer was put in charge of organising the announcement and came up with a very well-thought out plan to ensure that Jami Kastner (founder of The Butterfly Centre) would be there on the day of the announcement – without getting wind of the fact that they were about to receive momentous news. She contacted friend and principal of Generation Schools Hermanus, Caronne Vermaak, and asked her to help them set up a fake meeting with Jami at the centre. 

Jami and her son, Jack, with a giant ‘congratulations’ certificate from L2L.

Caronne called The Butterfly Centre and told Jami that a ‘Mrs Jones’ and her child would like to visit the school. With that, the trap was set and a ‘Mrs Jones’ had an appointment at The Butterfly Centre at 10:00.

The committee members parked at Ou Meul Bakery in Stanford and with balloons and a giant certificate in hand, they walked towards The Butterfly Centre further down the road. The children and staff from the centre were busy with school work and didn’t notice the L2L ladies as they walked past the front windows and knocked on the door.

Peter and Jami Kastner at Stanford Hills on the land that will be used to build the new Butter y Centre.

An unsuspecting Jami opened the door and was flabbergasted when she realised that her visitors were not ‘Mrs Jones’ and her child, but indeed several members of the L2L committee. Curious staff members came out behind her, followed by the children who were eager to share in the excitement. When it finally sank in that The Butterfly Centre had come out tops as the L2L charity of choice for 2020, there was much joy and laughter, hugs and smiles. 

The Butterfly Foundation will use the money raised by the 2020 Ladies Walk towards building a new centre for the children on Stanford Hills Farm.

The Overstrand Hospice was announced as the Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse runner-up beneficiary. They will receive the funds raised by the Official Practice Walk which takes place on 29 February 2020. There will be five practice walks before then. The committee members for L2L 2020 are:

  • Ronelle van Zyl (Chairlady)
  • Estelle van Niekerk (Vice-Chairlady and Spar Western Cape Liaison)
  • Marlinda Wright (Charity Liaison)
  • Elna de Villiers (Events Coordinator)
  • Elaine Bayer (Accommodation)
  • Simone Heunis (Catering/Media and Marketing)
  • Rebecca Matthysen (Catering)

For more information on L2L and the practice walks visit www.lighthouse2lighthouse.co.za.

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