The FW de Klerk Foundation was established in 1999 to promote the causes for which FW de Klerk worked during his presidency, as well as the rights, values and principles in the Constitution. In addition, the Foundation runs a Support for Charities Programme, with a special focus on children with disabilities and disadvantaged children. The Foundation has focused on building relationships with a select group of worthy organisations, whose work impacts not only the lives of their direct beneficiaries but also their families and community.
The Foundation’s Support for Charities Programme has been running for over 10 years, mostly offering assistance to Western Cape-based organisations. It is a great privilege to partner with the Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day (NSACGD), particularly as former President De Klerk is Patron of the Golf Day. The generous support of the NSACGD has given the Foundation the opportunity to make a measurable, lasting difference in the lives of young South Africans with disabilities, and children from disadvantaged communities.
In March 2019 Mr Alan Burnett OBE, committee member of the Nedbank SA Charity Golf Day, handed over a cheque of R200,000.00 to Mr FW de Klerk. Each year the Nedbank SA Charity Golf Day in the UK raises funds which are distributed to it’s chosen SA charity beneficiaries.
During 2018, the Foundation was able to support the work of various worthy organisations, including
Friends of Vista Nova, Iris House Children’s Hospice, the National Institute for the Deaf (NID) and Salesian Life Choices. The NSACGD funds have made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young people, their families and communities.
We are honoured to have Mrs Elita de Klerk (pictured below) as the Patron of the Programme, and she takes a keen interest in the work of the Foundation’s partner-organisations.
Salesian Life Choices targets vulnerable youth living in the ‘Cape Flats’ communities. Their programmes promote a positive mind-set amongst the youth that will lead to healthy, responsible and inspirational lifestyles, and contributes to a safe and supportive environment where children’s rights are protected. Thanks to NSACGD, the Foundation was able to make a contribution towards the Leaders’ Quest programme, a four-year intervention that assists youth to enter college and university and become servant leaders. Mrs Elita de Klerk recently visited the students to find out how the programmes were making a difference in their lives.
Friends of Vista Nova is the fundraising arm of the Vista Nova School, in Cape Town. The School caters for learners with Cerebral Palsy and other learning disabilities. Unlike traditional community-based schools, Vista Nova caters for learners all over the Cape Peninsula. Thanks to NSACGD funds, the Foundation was able to make a contribution towards the Class Assistants’ annual salary budget. All Class Assistants are interchangeable between classes and can assist across the broad spectrum of children’s needs. Learners like the little girl pictured below receive holistic care tailored to their needs.
Iris House Children’s Hospice provides holistic, loving, professional, free community and Hospicebased care for special needs children with life-threatening illness and/ or life-limiting conditions. The Hospice trains their care team and parents on ways to improve their child’s quality of life. Thanks to the NSACGD, the Foundation was able to make a contribution towards the Puppy Love Doggy Day Care Project. This is a dual fundraising/ job-creation initiative for special needs young adults.
The National Institute for the Deaf (NID) is an occupational skills training institution based in the Western Cape. NID College is the only further education and training College in Africa that caters for the specific needs of students with hearing loss. They offer programmes aimed at developing skills to assist students gain entry into the workplace. The College provides a safe, supportive, educational environment for students with hearing loss, enabling them to develop into well-adjusted individuals, able to manage themselves and to contribute in a competitive society. Thanks to NSACGD funds, the Foundation was able to contribute towards a Visual Emergency Warning System, a welcome addition to the facilities following a fire in 2018.