The Darling Trust to host Black Tie Dinner and Auction

The Darling Trust, a charitable organisation – founded by South African icon Pieter-Dirk Uys – is set to host a spectacular black tie dinner and auction that will take place at Evita se Perron in Darling on Friday, May 4 from 19:00.

The evening will be hosted by Evita Bezuidenhout with the dinner menu designed by one of South Africa’s most loved celebrity chefs – the Giggling Gourmet herself, Jenny Morris. An auction with once-in-a-lifetime lots will be the highlight of the night and live entertainment will entertain guests throughout the occasion. Actress and comedian Liz Meiring will be the event’s MC for the evening.

Says trustee and organiser Hentie van der Merwe: “This will be the first in what we hope becomes a bi-annual event, so we are all set to make this the benchmark by which all future auction dinners will be measured.

“I am super excited to have been invited to oversee the dinner menu,” says Morris, “and I am planning a sumptuous banquet, using all local produce from the area, which will delight and  satisfy the guests’ appetites.”

Morris also plans to add a touch of humour to the menu and is already testing a dessert she calls ‘Zuma’s Mess’.

Final word goes to Uys: “Guests can expect an evening of fantastic food, music and entertainment in the dazzling company of the most famous white woman in South Africa.

“And it’s no coincidence that it will take place in the Swartland – the only part of South Africa honest enough to call a spade a spade!”

Only 100 tickets have been made available for this very exclusive evening at a cost of R950 per person. To book, contact Tasha St John-Reid, operations manager at

The Darling Trust, at tasha@thedarlingtrust.org or 022 492 3384


About The Darling Trust

Established in August 2003 by founding member and current patron, Pieter-Dirk Uys,  The Darling Trust was set up to assist previously disadvantaged communities of Darling. The aim: to empower individuals to help themselves, mainly through participation in the sectors of education, skills development and health.

Since The Darling Trust came into being it has been a constant presence in the Darling community by facilitating different ongoing projects in aid of the town’s residents such as free weekly music and art lessons for children from the community, the building of a swimming pool in 2009 and an Early Childhood Development Centre that hosts around sixty pre-school Grade R children daily and an annual talent show at Evita se Perron that is open to all members of the community to showcase their talents. As diverse as these projects might seem they are all undertaken with a single vision in mind – to create a more equal and inclusive community where there are opportunities and access to healthcare, skills development and jobs for all, irrespective of people’s backgrounds or social circumstances.


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