Robin Barnett—Harris

Executive Chairman

a founder member of the trust, acts as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has been actively involved in a number of charities as well as in the areas of wildlife preservation and education of the needy. He has a wide experience in managing successful businesses and brings to the Board extensive acumen in the general administration of trusts.

Ed Chantler

Managing Trustee

one of the founder members, acts as the Managing Trustee and responsible for the daily administration, monitoring and provision of continuous support for the learners in the trust. He has taught in primary and high schools and at tertiary level in the areas of Educational Psychology and Mathematics over the last 40 years. A key responsibility is to identify and select needy children who demonstrate ability and who will benefit from being supported by the trust.

Keith Turberville


is one of the original trustees and has spent the last 39 years dealing with the formation and administration of trust structures both onshore and offshore including a number of substantial South African Charitable Trusts. During his time in the trust industry he has been managing director of Trust companies in SA, Guernsey and Mauritius and brings a wealth of trust experience to the operation of the trust.

Drew Danford


is one of the original trustees and has had a successful career as one of the captains of the building industry. He is a long serving member of Rotary and has been in the forefront of many of their charitable drives. He is involved and has a wide experience of dealing with the Rotary Youth projects and provides valuable inputs in this regard.

About The Trust

The trust came into being because of the realization of a real need for creating educational opportunities for needy and academically capable young learners. Their success would result in a better life for all South Africans. The day—to—day management and organisation is handled by the managing trustee who reports to the Board of trustees on a regular basis and the learners range from grade 8 through to grade 12.


Our mission is to provide a structure within which those interested people who want to, can make a difference by assisting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds through providing the means for them to attend a winning school system and succeed in their education by passing matric and being selected to attend a tertiary institution.


The vision of the Trust is to approach primary schools that serve disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape and identify learners with academic potential and who demonstrate a clear commitment to their studies. Such learners will then be selected and placed in high schools, which have a strong tradition of mathematics and science teaching, as well as having a positive social/cultural lifestyle and community outreach programmes. Over time the intention is to build a strong relationship of trust, honesty and integrity between the Trust, the schools, the communities, the children and the contributors.

How We Work

Project Modus Operandi:

At the beginning of year the Trust uses a battery of tests to identify a number of Grade 7 learners who demonstrate distinct academic potential and determination from schools serving the very poor and disadvantaged communities in and around Cape Town. The learners are required to make their own applications for acceptance from a list of approved high schools. Their test results are scored and ranked and put together with their ANAs scores and the learner's school academic results. A Selection Sub—Committee reviews the list of learner names and proposes candidates based on their test results, school performances and parents financial status. A final list is then drawn up and approved by the Board of Trustees. The selected candidates are informed of their approval into the Trust and subject to their being accepted into one of the approved high schools for the beginning of their Grade 8 year. Every child in the trust is regularly monitored to ensure their educational and social needs are catered for and attended to. Mark readings are held at the end of every term where the learners are made aware of their current status and, where needed, encouraged to make improvements. Each child in the trust is also obliged to do at least 40 hours of community work each year. Workshops in areas of concern such as methods of study and in the selection of subjects for grade 10 are regularly held. This ensures the development of a culture of learning in the learners and prepares each of them for eventual tertiary education. During their grade 12 year the learners are assisted in completing their applications for further studies into tertiary institutions and for making applications for study bursaries. Each of the post matric students are encouraged to become a member of the Alumni.

School fees

R10 000












R13 400

Per Learner Per Year

100 % Funds Allocated To Children

The founding document of the trust has been formulated in such a manner to ensure that no donated monies to it can be used for administration nor salaries in any way. The administration of the trust and the costs incurred are taken care of by the Leisure Group itself to ensure that 100% of the trust money can be spent on providing for the educational needs of the children only. It does mean that the cost of stationery, text books and uniform is provided for and the payment of school fees for the learners in the trust can be guaranteed.

Stringent Academic Evaluation

Every learner applying for a sponsorship is required to sit the initial mathematics/logic test. the learner is required to achieve a minimum score in this test in order to be selected to sit the second test. The second test is a language/science test. The third test to be completed is a Grittiness test which indicates a leaner's determination to succeed. These results are listed and ranked and put together with the Science and Mathematics (a minimum of 75% each) and aggregate ( a minimum of 70%) scores of the leaner. This ranger of scores together with the WCED's ANAS scores are then used to do a final academic ranking of the applicants. The learners are expected to continue to perform academically and produce strong results in each of their subjects.

Unique Mentorship Programme

What makes this effort unique is that every learner is sponsored for the duration of his/her high school career by people who want to make a difference. Sponsors are able, if they so wish, to follow the progress of the child (or part thereof) during that period. 100% of their donation will be spent directly on that particular child.

A reminder — the entire charitable donation you make to the Trust is used in promoting the educational and social well—being of each sponsored child. No portion is used to finance the administrative costs of the Trust.



The stress of the trust is on high academic performances, especially in the mathematics and sciences. Each child is supported in striving toward a high degree of academic success and using bench marks to measure their performances against. Minimums of 75% for mathematics and science and other individual subjects is seen as the ideal with an overall aggregate of 70% overall. Academic goals are set and recorded at the beginning of each year. The children are encouraged to set themselves realistic and attainable improvement targets and plan toward achieving and reaching their goals.

In 2013 the trust had 11 matriculants who scored 9 Bachelors' passes (University entrance), 1 Diploma and 1 certificate.

  • 1 learner achieved 7 distinctions
  • 3 learners achieved 2 distinctions
  • 1 learner achieved 1 distinction

Our student averages accross Grades 8—12

National student averages accross Grades 8—12

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