The University of Cape Town Australian Trust is a charitable foundation established by alumni and supporters of the UCT, residing in Australia, to provide financial support to a range of development and social justice programs managed by the UCT. Projects selected by the Australian Trust focus on education, health and human rights, and aim to assist disadvantaged South African communities to rise above poverty.
UCT alumni chapters will be established initially in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. In time we hope to establish chapters in other states, territories and regional centres.
Lenore Plummer has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, and Ruth Thornton has been appointed Alumni Manager, to facilitate networking and events for Australian alumni and supporters.
The University of Cape Town Australian Trust has been established to heighten the profile of the UCT ‘s development projects, and encourage alumni to give back to their nation of origen. The trust aims to provide a tax deductible vehicle for donations made by Australian residents to the UCT’s social justice programs (a privilege long enjoyed by alumni in the USA, UK and Canada).
Mission Statement :
The trust is a charitable foundation formed to support a number of UCT’social justice programs including the Education Development Unit (Commerce), the Drug Discovery Unit (Chemistry), the Schools Development Unit (Education), the Peri-Natal Mental Health Unit (Health Sciences).
The Trust also supports financially disadvantaged South African students to attend UCT; it aims to empower bright and talented youth to rise above poverty to earn a degree. All projects aim to assist disadvantaged communities, and South Africa as a whole, in pursuit of the nation’s social and educational goals.