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mike snook 2


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Thanks for that John. Well said by HRH. Sad that I couldn't be there. Even so I'll never be able to go back to Isandlwana in the future, without devoting some time to sitting in the sun and remembering Rob.

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John Young


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Remembering Rob Gerrard.

Rob's sister Sally has ask that I make the forum members aware of this plan.


ROBERT GERRARD MEMORIAL FUND

After several requests, we have decided to look into setting up a Memorial Fund in Robís name. This will depend on the interest shown.

It is planned that the proceeds from this fund will be used to restore St Vincentís Church at Isandlwana Ė the stained glass windows; the flooring; the font; the doors; the seating and other general repairs.

St Vincentís was built in honour of those who died at Isandlwana and we would like to see it restored to its true beauty, not only to ensure that no further deterioration occurs, but also as an historical landmark in the area.

If you are interested in participating, please email: [email protected] (attn: Lodge Manager) and we will be in contact with you.

John Y.
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Alan
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John, do you know if Peter Quantrill or Ron Lock are involved. It was a cause they were quite keen on.

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John Young


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Alan,

I would hazard a guess and say that they are aware of Sally's intentions.

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Alan
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Rob's sister Sally Gerrard Fox has provided additional information which members may want to know:

"The Fund was set up after a number of people had inquired as to whether we were going to do so,
even though I was at first reluctant, for donations!

However, we have already received several donations and promises of more.

The purpose of the Fund will be to undertake some very needed renovations at St. Vincent's at Isandlwana,
which as you'll know was built to honour those killed at the battle of Isandlwana on St Vincent's Day.

Initially I was looking at the stained glass windows, but have been told that there 'might' be a problem
with the foundations - as there are some quite substantial cracks in the stone work, whatever is undertaken
must start with an inspection of the foundations and work on that area first if required.

After that, we will look at the windows, flooring and the seating etc.

All this will depend on the amount we can accumulate as obviously this work will be quite costly.

I intend to send a 'newsletter' every three months or so to those who have donated to update them on progress
in terms of funds in hand, and what if anything we are able to undertake.

The Fund will be handled by myself and the Lodge accountant. [email protected]

Any queries, or details of donations, should be addressed to me, Sally Fox, please. [email protected]
I will provide the bank details for donations on request"



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Alan
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Sally has kindly sent some pictures of the Memorial Service as well as friends saying a farewell.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1hAwuY61VKqMG9iVEZRd0t2VFU/view

If anyone needs the details of how to make donations to the fund, please contact me.
[email protected]

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peterw


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Great images. A fitting tribute.
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Julian whybra


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I was saddened to hear of his death. He had a good heart.
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