Our Goals, Missions and Values
The Chester Williams Foundation goals are to support:
• Community upliftment and support
• Disadvantaged children
• Development skills for children
• Health for children
• The Chester Williams Informal Settlement in Paarl, South Africa
Our Mission and Values
Mission and Values
It’s all about creating opportunities.
The mission of the Chester Williams Foundation is to improve the lives of youth in need and encouraging young people to stay active through sports and education. We are dedicated to working with our community to expand opportunities for young people.
We believe that talent is universal, but understand that opportunity is not. Children in low-income communities experience an opportunity gap.
The goal of the Foundation is to facilitate, lead, and partner with corporates and individuals to create meaningful opportunities for children to learn, succeed, and thrive.
The foundation trustees are all volunteers. The donation proceeds we receive are guaranteed to go to the projects and causes we support.
Our Foundation moves towards:
Maria Williams is the patron of the Chester Williams Foundation.
Maria has a successful background as a marketer and promotions executive. She has been involved with the Chester Williams Foundation since inception six years ago. Maria has been involved with rugby and cricket since 1995 and continues to work at cricket events in Paarl and Newlands.
She and her three children, Ryan, Matthew, and Chloe’ have always been available to support Chester with his Foundation projects and will continue to serve.
Maria shares Chester’s desire to contribute and make a difference. She is committed to continuing to serve the underprivileged, especially children.
The Winelands town, Paarl, where Chester was born, was always close to his heart, especially the Chester Williams Informal Settlement. The settlement was renamed in his honour after the historic Springbok 1995 World Cup victory. Our family and trustees will continue to assist the settlement community in our future initiatives. We have provided food and clothing each year at various Foundation support campaigns held at the settlement.
My commitment is to continue the work and contribution started by my husband. His generosity, legacy and memory will live on.
Patricia De Lille
Patricia de Lille was appointed as the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure by President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2019.
Minister de Lille is a seasoned politician and public servant and has served in all three spheres of government since the first democratic parliament in 1994.
She has been fighting injustice for more than 45 years and was part of the team which led the constitutional negotiations and the team who drafted South Africa’s Constitution.
De Lille served as the Mayor of Cape Town for seven years where accountability and clean governance were the cornerstones of her term. She spearheaded progressive projects such as using infrastructure investment as a lever to spur economic growth, developed the transit- orientated development strategy, and many other redress projects such as restitution to reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.
In her latest role as the Minister of DPWI, her focus is to drive spatial and environmental justice and equality, to clamp down on corruption, and ensure that public land and public buildings are used for public good. Her focus is also to drive infrastructure implementation as part of the government economic recovery plan in a manner that will create the conditions for the private sector to contribute to economic growth and create much-needed jobs for the people of South Africa.
John has been a Chester Williams Foundation trustee since its inception. He has built a reputation for helping businesses and individuals increase business income, wealth, and success. John helps identify hidden assets, overlooked opportunities, and undervalued possibilities. He has mastered the art of identifying the sticking points that limit and restrict business growth. He advises clients that there are dozens of more productive and profitable strategies available to them.
John shows his clients how to take different success concepts from various industries and effectively adapt them to their specific business. This differentiator gives his clients a decisive advantage over their competition. John is recognised as a distinctive authority in the fields of marketing, sales, media and business growth.
He is a sought after consultant, seminar speaker and trainer. The author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. He has consulted to 62 different industries and presented over 1 200 seminars. A leading media strategist and negotiator having bought and sold over R3 Billion worth of media across all categories. John project managed the Nelson Mandela 85th birthday commemorative supplement which appeared in 22 newspapers.
A past recipient of the Western Cape Institute of Marketing Managements Communicator of the Year award. www.johnlloyd.co.za
Jacques serves on a number of boards of companies, trusts and committees and he is an active committee member at the Cape Law Society. Outside the legal field he has been involved in an IT development company, PBT Information Technologies, hedge fund administration, medical schemes and insurance administration. He plays squash in the Western Province League as well as the Western Province masters’ league, where he has also represented WP Masters at tournaments and serves on the committee.
“I want to make a difference and positively impact the lives of as many people as possible.”
I have been very fortunate in my life. I started from humble beginnings and have never forgotten the challenges I faced as a young person. And as a rugby player overcoming the obstacles to become the first black Springbok in the “new” South Africa. My Foundation is my opportunity to “pay it forward”. What better way to give back than to help young people who are just beginning the journey? As our team takes our Foundation to a higher level of quality, impact, organisation, and value. We want each of our supporters to know just how special and valued your contributions are. You are vital to the continued expansion of our mission to positively transform the quality of the lives of people, especially children.”