Some years ago when a group of Rugby 7’s supporters travelled to Port Elizabeth for the SA Rugby 7’s tournament, they decided to introduce a fine system for various “infringements”. On their return, they decided to donate the money to a deserving charity. The charity chosen at the time was the Sea Rescue Station in Melkbosstrand, NSRI Station 18.
The group of friends who often meet at the popular Doodles Restaurant on Table View beachfront, used to gather around a small round table on the balcony. Later they decided to bring the table inside but this did not sit well with the bar staff and much to their surprise, the table disappeared one day. The group felt aggrieved and made this known to management at the time. A short while later, the table suddenly reappeared and the group, Knights of the Missing Table, were able to meet and plan their next rugby tour again.
On Sunday, 7 February, the Knights of the Missing Table handed over a cheque for R13 000 to Rhine Barnes, Station Commander for NSRI Melkbosstrand.
Accepting the cheque, Rhine said that the Melkbosstrand has had one of the busiest seasons ever experienced and was one of the busiest Stations in the NSRI. With the unprecedented hot weather we have experienced, many more people spent time at the beach. The wind has also made ideal conditions for kiteboarding and kiteboarders made up a large part of the calls received. The NSRI does not charge for its service and is reliant on donations and fund-raising. The money will be used to cover some of the many needs of a busy rescue station.
James Digby Grant, CEO and Founding Member of Knights of the Missing Table, said that they could think of no better cause than the NSRI and in particular, the Melkbosstrand Rescue Station.