Members meet once a month for dinner. We discuss the needs and progress of our projects and often have a guest speaker.

Below a reflection of some of the “action” at our monthly meetings!

MEETING 21 August 2018 at THE PENINSULA HOTEL in Sea Point. No speaker. Newer members, Margot McInnes and Wiebke Lusted, as well as our guest, Renee New, shared some of their life story and experiences with us.

MEETING 17 July 2018 at THE PENINSULA HOTEL in Sea Point. Guest speaker Jean Luyt, a clinical psychologist and adoptive mother, spoke about demystifying the process of adoption and the support offered to the adoption community of Cape Town by Cape Town Adoption Support (CTAS).

Guest speaker Jean Luyt

MEETING 19 June 2018 at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay. Our guest speaker, Naliza van der Schyff is the CEO of Foundation Backbone, a leadership program for marginalised children that teaches the values that are recognized as the cornerstones of leadership and success.

MEETING 15 May 2018 at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay. This was our Annual General Meeting.

L2G members Babs Mostert, Ruth Allen, Gillian Durrant and Val Petzold

MEETING 17 April 2018 at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay. Our guest speaker FANIE DU TOIT, RSG and Institute for Hearing Impaired, gave us the statistics on hearing loss and talked about the challenges in day to day communication and etiquette in this regard.

Fanie du Toit with Baps Mostert of L2G

MEETING 13 March 2018 at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay. Our guest speaker was Mirjam Macleod, an inspiring teacher/facilitator who knows how to create a safe space to explore oneself through art.

Dorothy Hammond (L2G) with our guest speaker Mirjam Macleod

Mirjam used caly to help us 'ground' ourselves

MEETING 20 February at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay. Our guest speaker, Tom Mclaughlin from Woolworths, spoke on Sustainability: “Saving our Home”.

MEETING 23 January 2018 at THE PENINSULA HOTEL in Sea Point. Our guest speaker was Bev Willcocks who is a “transformative coach.”

Dorothy Hammond (L2G) with our guest speaker Bev Willcocks

MEETING 24 October 2017 at THE PENINSULA HOTEL in Sea Point with Leonie Jacobsen.
Leoni Jacobsen, Principal of Muizenberg High School inspired us with her talk ‘Contextualised learning and leadership in the 21st century’ and proposed projects such as Southern Cross and the 67km Relay.

MEETING 19 September 2017 at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay with Jennifer van Papendorp.

Leonore Ehlers of L2G with guest speaker Jennifer van Papendorp, the Managing Director of Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy, who won in 2016 the Western Cape Ministerial Award for “Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Culture”.

MEETING 22 August 2017 at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay with Natalia Sanchez Herrera.

MEETING 18 July 2017 at OPULENT LIVING with Barbara Lenhard.

MEETING 20 June 2017 at THE HOTEL SCHOOL in Granger Bay.

Belinda Miller, teacher at Good Hope Seminary and Antionette Rossouw, L2G member. Belinda talked about Mentoring in support of the L2G Mentor programme being implemented at the school this year.

MEETING 11 April 2017 at THE HUSSAR GRILL in Mouille Point.

Our captivating guest speaker Barbara Lenhard from Opulent Living talked about Chefs Who Share and her new Veggie Box Initiative. Read more about this initiative on the website

Guests Christine and Titilayo also attended the meeting.

Meeting 14 March 2017

Our inspiring guest speaker Kim Highfield (Out of Africa) spoke on the topic “Services available for parents of children that come from far to be with their children who are in hospital”. Read more about her work on her website

Kim Highfield (Out of Africa) with Dorothy Hammond (L2G)

Members attending THINK TANK on 01 February 2017.

Members of L2G attended the Impumelelo Think Tank on sustainable NGO’s. Below from left to right, Dorothy Hammond (L2G), Leonore Ehlers (L2G), Rhoda Kadalie (Impumelelo Executive Director), Carin Wiese (L2G) and Margaret Ritchings (L2G).

Meeting 21 January 2017

Stephen Quirke from StrategyWorks led a fabulous strategy definition, planning and execution session for Link2Grow. Thanks to all who participated.
Read more about his work on his website
Stephen says “We work with the business leaders, tasked with delivering strategy, who want to make a difference in their teams. They want to create something unique. Often they want to change their industry.”

Stephen Quirke from StrategyWorks with Hannl Cronje, current L2G Chairperson.


Celebration Breakfast 26 November 2016

Members and their partners celebrated the successes of 2016 at Yumscious in the Cape Quarter.

Meeting 19 July 2016: Wendy Vermeulen from Brownies&Downies was our guest speaker at the meeting held at the Hotel School in Beach Road Mouille Point. Read more about Brownies&Downies on their website

Meeting 21 June 2016

The meeting was held at the Hotel School in Mouille Point. We also celebrated the birthday of our our bursary student, Zandile Matutu!

Meeting 16 February 2016

Hannl Cronje (Chair 2016) and Ingabourg Koelma, our guest speaker. Ingabourg spoke about the challenges facing service clubs at this time. The meeting was held at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome hotel in Sea Point.

The first meeting of 2016 held on 19 January 2016: PERSONAL INTROSPECTION FOR 2016 guided by our inspirational motivational speaker, BRUCE WALSH.

Meeting 19 January 2016

Dorothy Hammond (member) thanking guest speaker Bruce Walsh. Read more about Bruce on his website

We had a lovely luncheon to celebrate our 2015 achievements. Once again we went to Glen Avon Lodge and can only commend the venue and staff. Thank you Dorothy Hammond for organising this great event! Have a look at more pictures:
Luncheon 2015

Meeting 20 October 2015

Our meeting was held at Radisson Blu Le Vendome in Sea Point. We had two speakers. Kim Sterne from CASE: Community Action Toward a Safer Environment, spoke to us about the project which aims to interrupt the cycle of violence and trauma in Hanover Park, Mannenberg and Lavender Hill. She showed a short video about the men’s group hike and night on the mountain.
Meaka Biggs from CASE Connect then told us about a new project called “Mothers on the Move”, which is in the pilot testing stage and supports mothers in developing their mothering skills giving parenting training through home visits by a trained “community connectors”
Pictured from left to right is Kim, Dorothy Kowen (LTG) and Meaka.

Meeting 21 July 2015

Our speaker Tobie Wiese discussed his book “Niel Barnard – Geheime Revolusie – Memoirs van ‘n Spioenbaas. Thank you to the publishers, Tafelberg, donated a book for the raffle.

Meeting 23 June 2015

Suzanne Leighton (member) with guest speaker Nikki Munroe and fundraiser Leandi Sadie, both from the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, a non profit company based in Stellenbosch, run and managed by a local multi-lingual team. They develop talented South Africans for for employment in the wine industry and related sectors.

Three Pinotage Youth Develpment Academy graduates also attended our meeting: Thandeka Setena, Rea Monaheng and Vuyina Tai Tai.

We also celebrated Zandile’s birthday - our bursary student studying at UCT. Here is Zandile with Shannon, our Adopt-a-Muzo student, Carin Wiese, member, and Gabriella Leighton, guest. Antoinette Rossouw, member, kindly organised the cake.

Meeting 19 May 2015

Our guest speaker Liz Lisell, professional fundraiser from the The Children’s Hospital Trust, spoke to us about the Legacy Programme and the importance of visual material in marketing, telling stories and building relationships. Liz is pictured with Carin Wiese and Renee Strauss.

Meeting 21 April 2015

We had a most interesting evening listening to Sara Waldheim talking about her work in Sierre Leone.

Here is some more info from her official bio: Sara Waldheim knows that psychological wounds of war can be as devastating as those that are physical. Volunteering her time, Waldheim helps a restorative justice group in Sierra Leone called Fambol Tok (Family Talk) heal a nation still traumatized by a decade-long civil war in which villagers were repeatedly pitted against one another in senseless acts of brutality.

Waldheim, who was vetted for her physical stamina before being accepted as a volunteer, has journeyed into remote villages in this West Africa country and witnessed the soothing power of Fambol Tok.

In her travels around the United States, Waldheim explains Fambol Tok’s carefully managed approach in helping people give and receive forgiveness. Fambol Tok’s methods are making their way into American schools now as part of anti-bullying campaigns.

To learn more, go to

You can also look at the Fambul tok powerpoint presentation flyer_fambul_tok_presentation_link_2.pdf

Suzanne Leighton, L2G, Sara Waldheim, guest speaker, and Dorothy Hammond, L2G.

Our wonderful speaker, Sara Waldheim, with our small token of appreciation!

Babs Mostert, L2G member, was the winner of the evening’s lucky draw.

Meeting 20 January 2015

Our guest-speaker, Dr. Rosie Burton, who works at the Infectious Disease Clinic, Khayelitsha District Hospital. She shared her experience as a volunteer with Medicines Sans Frontiers at an Ebola Clinic in Liberia

Our Lucky Draw Winner, Christine!

Our chef at ‘Lunchworks’ 22 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant

Below some members and guests at the meeting

We celebrated our 2014 achievements with a great end-of-year luncheon at Glen Avon Lodge. Thank you Dorothy Hammond for organising this memorable event! Have a look at some pictures:
Luncheon 2014

Meeting 18 November 2014

Carin Wiese (member) and her son Merwe, who worked and studied in China and was our guest speaker. He presented a slide show and told us about his experience as a Westerner living in China.

Meeting 16 September 2014

Val Petzhold draws the name of the winner of our raffle for a Breville Blender with the assistance of Dorothy Hammond and Suzanne Leighton - congratulations Deslynne Davids and thank you for supporting Link2Grow!. Deslynne is pictured below with Estelle Murray, who sold her the winning ticket.

One of our members, Hannl Cronje, with flowers for our guest speaker, Suzanne Leighton, who spoke to us about what she encountered on her trip to Burma.

Meeting 18 August 2014

Guest speaker, Dr Heloise Avenant, at the meeting held at Chez Gourmet in Claremont.

Members socialising after the meeting.

Meeting 17 September 2013

Suzanne Leighton (Membership Portfolio) with Lila Azorin and Katlego Phiri, Social Work Students at UCT addressed LTG members regardig their project, The Sullivan Primary Literacy Centre at Steenberg.

Meeting 20 August 2013

Gillian Durant (Member) and Suzanne Leighton (Membership Portfolio). Gillian gave an overview of the past 100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show and Kirstenbosch’s involvement.

Dorothy Hammond (Chair) conducting the meeting that was held at Silwood Kitchen School of Cookery.

Meeting 23 July 2013

Carin Wiese (Member) and Zandile Matutu (Bursary Student). Zandile is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.