The first OK Club branch get-togethers for 2020 took place on 31 Jan – 02 February in the Western Cape.
There are over 800 OKs resident in this region which makes this one of the areas that we have to work hard on to ensure that Kingswood is near and dear to our alumni in the Cape. College Head Dr Colleen Vassiliou, Carey and Dee Hobson travelled down to attend the three functions that took place in Somerset West, Cape Town and Stellenbosch. This was Dr Vassiliou’s first visit to this branch in her capacity as College Head and there is no doubt that OKs enjoyed meeting her and were left in no doubt that the Kingswood of the future is in good hands.
The functions were well attended – a collective attendance of 125 OKs was very pleasing indeed and much appreciated. Special guests at the Cape Town function were former Headmaster, John Gardener and his wife Sue. John who will be turning 90 towards the end of the year really enjoyed catching up with many of the OKs who were at KC during his term – true to form he remembered all the names!
During this trip to the Western Cape Carey and Dee Hobson visited Menno Meinesz (OK 1959) on his beautiful apple farm in the Elgin Valley. He is an amazing supporter of his Alma Mater and is not in good health at present – his Kingswood family wishes him strength during this difficult time. Dr Vassiliou and Carey Hobson also had a lunch date with another amazing couple – Roy and Athaleah Hamilton. They fly Kingswood’s flag unconditionally and it was indeed such a treat to spend time with them.