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Sunday, September 7, 2008

OP MIRACLE GET TOGETHER AND REMEMBERANCE


FROM ORAFS WEBSITE

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Update:
Attendance numbers continue to grow - approaching the 100 mark number. A number of folk have asked for details / directions - which follows below.The Miracle - Les Booth Draw is proving very popular - with about 290 tickets sold so far. Support from the UK and New Zealand is very encouraging.I am also very pleased to report that e-mail contact has been made with the Donaldson family - with thanks to ORAFs networking.We also had a good turnout of the 'regulars' on Friday night, and particularly pleased with Bob Mumford pitching up - and his very generous purchase of Les Booth Draw tickets. Thanks Bob!Herewith tentative arrangements for Friday night 3rd October 2008 (contact details are Prop at 031-3066408 or pey@lantic.net ) Attending the Op Miracle Unveiling & Re-union



Date: 3 October 2008

Time: 18h00 to 18h30 (Unveiling the Memorial)

Venue: Shamwari Club, 7 Barham Road (off Essex Terrace), Westville, Durban (Phone 031- 266 0836)

Dress: Smart casual

Arrival: Anytime from 16h30 onwards. Meet old colleagues

Unveiling: Formalities commence 18h00 (bring dark glasses / plenty tissues)

Meals: Buffet or Ala Carte – from 19h00 (3 Course meal R60).

Music: Live Band (normally Stepping Out; Jean and Pete – starts 19h30). Bring dancing shoes!

Drinks: Own cost

Cost: Nil extra cost to attend any of the functions

Tentative Format
Approx timings
Event

1755
Assemble around Memorial / flag post
Prop Geldenhuys

18h00
Welcome – hand over to MC
Prop & John McKenzie

18h00
Votum / Blessing
Padre Boet van Schalkwyk

18h05 / 18h10
Short speech
Gp Capt Tol Janeke

18h20 / 18h25
Unveiling Operation Miracle Memorial
Tol and Anne Janeke

18h25 / 18h30
Reading Hunter and Canberra Poems
Gary Albyn


Short break / pose for photographs / recharge glasses / Call to Order
All

Prop

19h00
Presentations / H & A (Honours and Awards)
Kutanga Mac

19h25
Auction of Gary Albyn Canberra
Gary Albyn

19h27
Les Booth Raffle / Draw / 5 prizes
Prop Geldenhuys

19h30
Re-Union interaction resumes
All

19h00 onwards
Dinner to order for those wishing to do so
All

19h30
Stepping Out starts playing dancing music
Pete and Jean

19h30 onwards
Rekindle friendships / Re-union till late
All

AYES (John is arranging Name tags): Chris Abrams – South Coast? Gary Albyn – Jhb;
Liz and George Archibald – Dbn – birthday!; Ted and Sandie Barnard – Pmb; Terry Bennett – UK; Reg Brink – Dbn; Al and Sarah Bruce – Jhb; Roland and Wendy Charles – Jhb; Brett and Dina Charles; Alan & Ellen Dewsbury - Umdoni; Trish d'Hotman; Ian and Shaina Doig – Dbn; Bruce and Erica Edward – Dbn; Craig Fourie; George and Lynne Galbriath – Dbn; Prop and Rina Geldenhuys & Pey and Eloise Geldenhuys – Dbn; Elliot and Rita Gordon – Sedgefield; Angela and daughter Christine; Johnny and Noeleen Green – Dbn; Bruce and Sheilagh Harrison – Jhb / Pta; Tickey and Ann Hawthorn; Ivan Holtshauzen – Howick; Toll and Anne Janeke – Dbn; Sonny and Caroline Janeke; Andy and Josie Jones – Pmb; Christopher Jones and Sarah – Dbn; Don Junner – Dbn; Pat Lockhart – Dbn; Neville Mare – Dbn; Shirley Martens and partner Pat; Brian McKelvin – Natal; John and June McKenzie – Mbabane; Peter and Helen McClurg; Tony Munnik – Dbn; Bob and Lucia Mumford; Eddy and Trisha Norris; Mike and Yvonne Ongers – Ballito; Russell and Cynthia Peinke – Umdloti; Paul Perioli and Gerta – Umhlanga; Guy and Marg Pearce; Rob and Denise Rix – Northdene; Barry Roberts – Reitz?; Ivan and Lenore Schafer; Ian Scott – Dbn; Dave and Joan Stone – Dbn; Tudor and Sue Thomas - Mauritius (+ daughter?); Kurtis and Desa van der Linde – Dbn; Boet van Schalkwyk – Dbn; Kim, Sandi and Leigh Walker – Warner Beach; Dick Warton; Billy Watt; John and Pam Whitehead – Ballito; Alf Wild – UAE; Pete and Ellie Woolcock – Toti; John and Jill Woosey – Toti

APOLOGIES

Chris and Margaret Dams – Pta; Hugh and Jane Slatter – USA (in Greece); Mike Borlace; Chris and Gail Dixon – Harare; Danny Howell – Jhb; Mike and Urs Huson; Allan Jackman – Dbn; Bob and Liz Manser – Chimoio; Keith Spence; John and Mary Redfern – Pta; Mike Simpson – Jhb (flying – external); Doug and Cheryl Smith – Kariba ; Al ‘Thoros’ Thorogood - UK; Rex Taylor – Kariba; Eddy and Moira Wilkinson - Cape: Beaver Shaw in Spain

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