Monday, 19 January 2009

A hearty welcome to our new trustees!

It is my great pleasure to welcome three new trustees to The Darling Trust!

- Riaan Neethling is a semi-retired corporate executive with years of experience in the fields of HR, management, NGO management and more. He has recently moved to Darling with his wife Hannalie and they have very quickly become an essential part of the Darling landscape.

- Valdon Langenhoven has lived in Darling for over 12 years and has become a pillar of the community. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Darling Fokus and we look forward to working closely with Valdon towards a better Darling.

- Ivy Johnson is a born and bred Darlinger and has seen this small village grow and change endlessly in her time here. Ivy is a pillar of the community and is passionate about the well-being of our village. Ivy is one of the key people behind the Darling iAfrika Queens - Darling's very own theatrical group.

We so look forward to 2009 and working with our new (and existing!) trustees!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Judo Exhibition - Photos

A few photos from the Judo Exhibition held at the end of the Judo classes that ran from 5 January to 9 January this year.

Some of the moms getting ready to watch their children in the exhibition.

Volke greeting the group before the exhibition starts.

Two of the students demonstrating one of the throws that they learnt in the week.

Darling's Decisions - Photos

Photos of the rehearsal and performance of 'Darling's Decisions'. What a special evening!

The curtain call at the performance!

Steffi Plattner and the group rehearsing.

Getting the stage ready...

A final group talk before the dress rehearsal begins.

The Music and Art Evening 2008 - Photos!

Below, please see a few photos of the Music and Art Evening held in late 2008. What a memorable night!

The percussion band getting ready to perform!

Judy Weatherly-Wood, the tireless music teacher, introducing the music recital.

Yours truly welcoming the audience and thanking the parents, teachers and students for their hard work throughout the year.

Some of the proud moms, dads and friends in the audience.

The kids getting ready to get on stage and show us what they can do!

Some of the artworks created by the art students.

More artworks!

Parents and children walking around the art exhibition.

And more artworks!

Adri van Aswegen - Janse van Vuuren sharing with the parents the progress the art students have made throughout the year.

Monday, 12 January 2009

What a great night!

"Darling's Decisions" was a great success! Parents, friends and the general public all turned up to support our budding actors on Friday night.

The play centred around a group of school children travelling to school on the bus. As they get on, they share their story with the others and the audience. At times touching and at times funny, the play provided a great opportunity for the kids to express themselves.

A very big thank you to Steffi Plattner for her hard work and dedication. A big thank you also to the children involved and their parents. What a memorable event!

The judo classes that ran last week ended with a small exhibition for the parents last Friday afternoon. It was great to see how far the children had progressed. I had no idea that one could learn so much judo in just 5 days! A very big thank you to Volke for volunteering his time so generously!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

This Friday - "Darling's Decisions"

You are cordially invited to a performance of "Darling's Decisions" this Friday 9 January at 19h00 in the VGK Church Hall.

Over the school holidays, Steffi Plattner (an actress from Germany) has been running a theatre workshop with a group of children here at The Darling Trust. The workshop is coming to an end and the group is now ready to perform the piece that they co-wrote with Steffi. The play focuses on the different situations that the youth of Darling are faced with; allowing them to share with you their concerns, ideas, hopes and fears.

Come and join us for an evening filled with laughter, tears and hope!

Entry is free. All welcome!

Monday, 5 January 2009

And we're back!

The Darling Trust is officially open! Wow, it's great to be back in the office. I've just arrived and the first thing that I am doing is writing to you!

We are all so excited about what 2009 holds for The Darling Trust. Our main focus for 2009 will be education - something which we are extremely passionate about. We are currently in the planning phase of a number of education projects and in the coming weeks I will be able to share with you how these plans are developing.

I hope that you have all had a restful festive season and we wish you all the best for the year ahead!


Our condolences to the family and friends of Helen Suzman. She was a remarkable woman and will be sorely missed.