The Darling Trust
The Darling Trust was set up in 2003 to assist the previously disadvantaged communities of Darling. We aim to empower individuals to help themselves, mainly through participation in the sectors of education, skills development and health.
We are currently involved in the following projects: Senior Citizen Outreach, Darling Parenting Programme, Darling Early Literacy Project, Darling AHA-Read, the Darling Craft Cooperative, transport for People Living with HIV/AIDS to the ARV Clinic in Malmesbury, transport for disabled children to Wilge Day Care Centre in Atlantis, art and music lessons, and a number of other projects.
One of our major projects is the Darling Health and Sport Centre. It was initiated by our patron Pieter-Dirk Uys, together with the philanthropist, Ms Sabine Plattner, co-founder of the Fancourt Foundation. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is also a patron of the project. The plan is to construct a health and sport centre in Darling. This will provide the youth with opportunities for productive and safe recreation. The Centre will consist of a pool, ablution facilities and pump-house and a general activity room and will be built next to the clinic. By incorporating these two structures it is hoped that a message of good health, the importance of prevention and the de-stigmatisation of disease, specifically HIV/AIDS, will be encouraged.
We are passionate about our community and it is a privilege to work together towards ‘making the dream of a better life a reality’.