Community

Darling is a vibrant community that cares about its citizens. If you are interested in finding out more about how Darling works together for a better life for all, or would like to become involved, please Click on the links to the right for pictures and more information.


 

  • Capensis

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    Capensis is a social club for the over fifties. It draws its membership mainly from Yzerfontein and Darling but not exclusively so, as it also has had members who hail from Malmesbury, Hopefield, Durbanville and Melkbosstrand. Annual membership fees are R30 for the main member and R15 for a spouse, whilst those over 80 only pay R5 per person.

    Meetings are held every second Wednesday in the month, usually at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Darling. They normally start with a talk followed by a social tea provided by the members. The talks cover a wide variety of subjects from “Crop Circles” to “Petroglyphs” and “Egypt” to “Mexico”.

    Outings are arranged for the fourth Wednesday. ”Bring and Braais” are mandatory, with regular locations being at Plankiesbaai and Yzerfontein, whilst visits have also been arranged, recently, to the Cape Town Stadium, Jonkershoek and the Castle. Other regular activities also include a “Christmas in July” weekend and a traditional Christmas luncheon in November.

    The Club Motto says it all ” If it’s not fun, why do it? ”

    contact: Darling Tourism for chairmans details: 022 492 3361

     


  • Darling Music for All

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    The functions and objectives of the Darling Music for All / Darling Musiek vir Almal (DMA) initiative is to uplift, support, educate and develop under privileged youth of the community at large through music; by making available to them musical instruments, music tutoring and their on-going advancement in the field of music, with the goal of developing a youth orchestra and youth choir.

    Our initiative follows similar principles as the most successful El Sistemainitiative in Venezuela.

    The DMA was officially formed in February 2011 as a NPO, with an executive committee, four of whom double-up as tutors. All activities and achievements are currently being run by the committee members.

    Student lessons are being hosted in the Early Childhood Development Centre, which is part of the Darling Trust, as well as private homes. This includes the tutoring of music theory. Learners will develop to become future tutors, thus enabling the project to become sustainable.

    Our current student base consists of six violinists, five guitarists, piano, recorder and five drummer / percussionist students.

    The DMA, where possible, is collaborating with other music organisations / schools / universities and NGO’s. This will result in mutually beneficial relationships in the field of music tuition. eg: The Darling Trust.

    Our initial goal is to be part of the Darling Music Experience in February 2012, where a mini orchestra consisting of our young musicians will perform. Musicians will be a combination of students and their tutors.

    The DMA requires instruments of any type which could be donated for the tutoring of students. Alternatively, the instrument could be purchased at a negotiable small fee.

    Instruments required at this stage are a piano, keyboard, guitars, recorders, junior and senior violins, drum kit and percussion, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombones, viola and cello.

    We also require piano, violin, flute and youth choir teachers / tutors.

    All assistance will be greatly appreciated.

    contact: Chairman

    Michelle van der Westhuizen (072 178 5744)

    Vice-Chairman

    Judy Wood (072 354 0099)

    Marketing / Events

    Innes Linder (071 381 0982)

    address: PO Box 240

    Darling

    7345

    tel: +27 (0)81 295 1009
    fax: +27 (0)86 239 8064
    email info@darlingmusicforall.co.za
    web: www.darlingmusicforall.co.za
    donations: www.darlingm4a.givengain.org

    NPO Number: 120-426 NPO

    PBO Number: 960 036 942

     


  • Swartland & West Coast SPCA

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    The “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” (this includes farm animals and wild life) is part of a worldwide organization that has given over 100 years of service to communities in South Africa. The Swartland SPCA has been in existence in Darling since 1992, covering the following areas: Piketberg, Riebeeck West, Koringberg, Riebeeck Kasteel, Kaalbaskraal, Chatsworth, Moorreesburg, Abbottsdale, Malmesbury, Yzerfontein and Darling.

    • Our inspectors respond to emergency calls of animal cruelty and investigate reports of animal abuse or neglect and where necessary rescue animals and file charges with the police for further investigation and prosecution.
    • We deal with animal related difficulties, for example feral cats at business premises and stray animals on the roads.
    • We sterilize animals to control numbers of strays and unwanted animals.
    • We have an outreach program in the disadvantaged communities which include regular mobile clinics.
    • We have an education outreach programme aimed at the schools in the Swartland.
    • Our inspectors Investigate illegal or abusive animal practices such as dog fighting.
    • We encourage the conservation of wild animals as part of an environmental policy.
    • Lost animals are brought to the SPCA and are kept at the kennels for a 7 (seven) day period. This is to allow the legal owner time to claim their pet back. If the dog or cat (or any other animal) is not claimed by the owner it is then put up for adoption. All animals are sterilized before adoption and a pre-home check is done.

    Since we receive NO Government or Provincial Grants each District SPCA is responsible for financing its own operation which is mostly done by on-going fundraising efforts and donations

    address: On the Yzerfontein Road above the cemetery on the left hand side as you head out towards the West Coast RoadPostal: PO Box 168, Darling, 7345
    tel: 022 492 2781
    fax: 022 492 2313
    EMERGENCY NUMBER
    cell: 082 414 7153 (after hours)
    email: stephanie@swartlandwestcoastspca.co.za
    web: www.swartlandwestcoastspca.co.za
    hours: Mon–Thu: 08:00 – 17:00Fri: 08:00 – 16:00Sat: 09:00 – 12:00

    Sun: Closed

     


  • The Darling Angels

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    Inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network

    Our vision is to establish a network of caring community members in Darling who will make a difference in others’ lives by providing relief from suffering to give them a chance to heal, or find the “next step”in rising to their potential.

    The Darling Angels operate as a network of members of our community who wish to be of service through providing a resource by donating either their time, money, goods or services. It also acts as eyes and ears in the village to locate those who are suffering and in need of help.

    The resources donated will be for individuals, families, or groups who need a push start for something important, who have an emergency, or an urgent need. The trust is not for luxuries – it is to provide a miracle blessing when there seems to be no hope. There are already organisations in Darling dealing with the big socio-economic challenges. This organisation is concerned with small acts of kindness towards those who would otherwise slip below the radar.

    A core group of volunteers meet on a regular basis to report on needs in the community and available resources. We choose to operate, for the most part, anonymously, as we feel this will keep the focus on the work to be done. The organisation is non-hierarchical: anyone can attend meetings and any major roles will be rotated, such as spokes person, etc.

    We are blessed when we are able to turn our attention away from ourselves, towards others who are in need. Being of service facilitates joy and so we extend hope, help, compassion and joy like a rainbow over Darling.

    Anyone can be an Angel!

    email: the.darling.angels@gmail.com
    web: thedarlingangels.blogspot.com

     


  • The Darling Trust

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    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’.

    address: Arcadia Street, Darling Station, PO Box 175, Darling, 7345
    tel: 022 492 3384/2851
    fax: 022 492 3384/2851
    email: info@thedarlingtrust.org
    web: www.thedarlingtrust.org