I would like to introduce myself to the Friends of the Trust, some of you may already know me as I have been involved in the tourism industry for many years. I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up with a genuine love and passionÂ for Africa which has never left me. I have, as a tour operator, travelled Southern Africa extensively. For the past four years I have worked onÂ a part time basisÂ with a social upliftment project in the townships in Cape Town which has given me great joy andÂ a deep respect for these communities. The project also involved the tourism indusrty and I saw how the project changed many people’s lives from living in a shack to owning a home of their own.
I look forward to working together with the Trustees and the Friends of the Trust to continueÂ the good work which has already been achieved by the TCD TrustÂ and to see the reality of the dream for the new multi purpose centreÂ at Blomvlei Primary School in Hanover Park.
I recently visitedÂ Blomvlei PrimaryÂ School for the first time and met with the head mistress, Dawn Petersen. She proudly showed me aroundÂ the school andÂ the new sports flieds which were being laid, the first step towards the bigger picture ofÂ creating an enviroment for these children that they can be proud of and play in a safe area. We were there on a scorching hot day and the children were having their school assembly out in the school courtyard, Dawn said she could not wait for the day when they will have the centre open and the children won’t have to sit outside.
I hope to meet with many of you as soon as possible and look forward to working together.