Our Mission & Vision
By focusing on uplifting the educational and sporting standards for youths in need, we help to improve their access to better future opportunities and resources. This will result in these youths being equipped to study further, play sports professionally, or otherwise enter the workforce. Ultimately, we aim for these youths to uplift themselves and their communities and break the cycle of poverty.
Jacques Kallis Foundation
How the Foundation began…
Following his Western Province Benefit Year in 2005, at the age of 29, Jacques Kallis invested all proceeds earned for that year in the formation of the Foundation, realizing a life-long desire to give back.
“For me, to give back what the game has allowed me to achieve, is by far the best gift I could ever receive.” Jacques
Since then, the Foundation has relied solely on private donations and its own internal fundraising efforts, most notably the annual golf day, hosted by Jacques himself and attended by some of South Africa’s sporting and business elite. The Foundation will forever be indebted to Madeleine Hilterman who made a substantial donation in 2009 as well as a core group of individuals and corporates who have, and continue to, give life-blood to the cause.
Amid a litany of South African sporting greats, Jacques Henry Kallis stands amongst the best of all time having established himself as one of the finest all-rounders in the history of the game. For longevity and reliability alone, many would place him at the top of that list.
Jacques himself was offered a scholarship to Wynberg Boys High School and attributes much of his success to this opportunity and the many that followed subsequently and it was for this reason that giving back was always at the forefront of his mind.
(To reach our mission, we’ve adopted a two-pronged approach: playing it forward + passing it back.
Playing it forward means that we recognise how each of us with privileged lives can impact those less fortunate.
Our key strategy here is our scholarship programme and our mentorship programme. These are our current focus areas.
Passing it back (Still to come) means that we really acknowledge the backgrounds and communities in which many of our students come from. We want to not just focus on a few but touch many through our sports equipment donation drives and our other mentoring programmes.
Education gives opportunities for a better future. Sport creates focus, discipline, and healthy habits and teaches teamwork. Together, they have the ability to change lives.
At the Foundation, we believe that we are best equipped to offer access to quality education and sporting opportunities for certain youths through our scholarship program, whilst at the same time uplifting community schools in poor areas in an effort to reach more youths through various clothing and sporting equipment donations and drives. As many of these youths lack motivation, or even the ability to dream, we want to provide them with a glimpse into possible options for their lives. We hope to inspire more young sports fanatics!
Giving back to the community
Giving back to the community is a vital part of being a responsible and engaged citizen. Whether it’s through volunteering at a local charity, participating in a community clean-up event, or making a donation to a nonprofit organization, there are many ways to make a positive impact on the people and places around you.
Quality education is the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life. It helps individuals to develop the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.
Quality Sports Mentorship
Quality sports mentorship can be a game-changer for young athletes. A good mentor can help to improve not only their athletic skills, but also their confidence, focus, and teamwork.
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Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
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Our Incredible Patrons!
Rob is also a board member of the South African-Netherlands Chamber of Commerce “SANEC” and his links with South Africa are multifold: shipping, wine, tourism, and of course the JKSF, which he joined shortly after it’s the inauguration.
“Cricket is the greatest character-building sport around and I owe a lot to the game. Despite the “blood, sweat, and tears” as a quick bowler for two decades, I hugely enjoyed my career. Not only for precious sports moments, sharing victories, and accepting defeats, but it also taught me about understanding different cultures and developing cross-border friendships, which also made me understand my native culture much better. It has broadened my view on many an aspect of life and I am proud that I am able to contribute to all that the Scholarships Foundation stands for”.