Our people – JDI Trustees
Gary Mulder is a chartered accountant and financial director of Club Travel. “To me JDI provides a great infrastructure through which we are able to gain access to and support the many projects that need help and nurturing in South Africa. Too many people take the great lives we have for granted without understanding how tough others have it. There is no greater joy than the feeling of giving and JDI allows us to do just that, and to do it with friends.”
Tracy Le Roux
Tracy le Roux has been a member of JDI since 2003 and is the leader of her group, Nkosi. “I joined JDI because I really like the concept of joining forces with my friends and making things happen rather than just talking about it. It is really rewarding seeing the positive changes one can make in the lives of others.” In addition to being a trustee, Tracy is responsible for the Foundation accounts and assists with the administration.
Caminey Kuropatwa (LLB, BA Hons.) is part of the Initiate group, and the JDI administrator and ‘catalyst’. “I started working with JDI in 2004 – I was looking for a way to become more closely involved with this amazing country and the different societies within it. The various projects and people I have come across are inspirational in the way they overcome obstacles to create a positive change, and it is seeing this that makes me so excited by JDI and the simple yet effective way in which it works. To be able to help catalyse people into making such a difference is one of the most rewarding things I have done.”
Barry O’Mahony, one of JDI’s original founders, runs Veritas Financial, a financial planning business. “Every single time I have gone to a project, I get an incredible rush. I get a glimpse into the depth of the human spirit and as I turn for home, I realise how lucky I really am. What is cool about JDI’s structure is that if you don’t do it, then it is your fault! So as I always tell people: ‘don’t just think about it, don’t just talk about it, Just Do It!'”
Hermann Wessels (BA(Hons) MA LLB) is an attorney at ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs). “I have been involved in JDI since its inception because I believe the principle and philosophy of JDI is unique and enables it to fulfil the dual function of making a welfare and social contribution, and establishing connections between various sections of our society, benefiting both the sides.”
Helena Duk is the newest JDI trustee and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in the non profit sector for 8 years including being involved with the JDI Foundation since 2003. She has been the Chairperson of South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) for 3 years and the Vice Chair for 3 years before that. As a member of JDI group Madisa, she has been the energetic and well-organised force behind many successful projects and fund-raising events such as the ball, the annual golf day, and the annual Zimbabwe Pensioners Xmas party. In addition to JDI and SAEP, she helps other non profits with networking and fund-raising, such as the Adonis Musati Project and Western Cape Primary Science Programme. “I try and change lives, not the world, even if it means that today all I can give is a smile. The JDI platform makes it possible, even easy, I love to tell people about JDI!”
The Trustees meet regularly throughout the year. Meeting minutes are sent to JDI group leaders.