Auto Collectors Club visit African-themed garden gallery

With overcast weather for the day, 15 Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge (ACCMB) members with their eight classic vehicles, met at their clubrooms to receive directions and the program for the club's 2021 Ladies Day outing.

With the day's program outlined, the trophy quiz competition sheets distributed, and run book for COVID records entered by club secretary and life member Brenda Cowie, who organised the event, it was time to "start your engines".

President Claude Minge took full advantage of Ladies Day by electing to be chauffeur driven in their modern Landcruiser by wife Liz.

The first stop after travelling along the old Princes Highway was the Elephants Rest African Garden Gallery, where members were welcomed at the main gate by owners Bob and Cheryl Kovarskis.

Members browsed the life-size statues of African animals around the Callington property's gardens, before entering the premises to view the collection of artifacts and items for sale in the attached gift shop.

Cheryl and Bob gave a detailed and interesting talk about their interesting trips driving around Africa, camping in the wild, staying with Masai villagers, and mentioning some young Africans who they have sponsored to attend school and universities.

They also indicated that the reason they open their doors to the public each season, from October to the end of April, is to continue supporting Sheldrick Orphan Elephants in Kenya, where a dedicated team of people rescue young orphan elephant, rehabilitate them, and release them back into the wild.

All funds raised at the coffee and gift shop goes towards supporting elephants and rhinos.

Following morning tea of scones, jam and cream, Hummingbird pineapple and banana cake made by Bob, and tea and coffee, ACCMB members said thanked their hosts.

A leisurely drive took members through historic Monarto, past Rollo's Airfield, then onto the Murray Bridge to Mannum Road to the Mannum Community Club.

Members made their way into the Mannum Club where a table overlooking the mighty Murray was set up for them to enjoy a great midday meal.

Following lunch, quiz sheets were collected from members, and the answers read out; however, members must wait until the annual presentation dinner in June to find out who wins the trophy.

President Claude Minge thanked all for coming, run organiser Brenda for the day's outing, and the management and staff of the Mannum Club, before wishing members a safe journey home.

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