Husband and wife team, Anthony Record MBE and Carole Turner-Record, had a passion to bring about positive change to the devastating plight of vulnerable children in South Africa. Their combined dream was to create a foundation that would generate sustainable opportunities to empower people, as well as support charities and community led initiatives around the country.
Light from Africa Foundation is the realisation of this dream and more.
Anthony Record MBE was born and raised in Cape Town. After completing his education at Diocesan College (Bishops) Private Boys’ School, he moved to the United Kingdom to study hotel management, and later became an HR chartered accountant. However, the strong bond with his country of birth saw him often returning for holidays during his adult life. In 2002, he fulfilled his life-long dream of purchasing property in Cape Town.
Carole Turner-Record first visited South Africa after marrying Anthony in 2001. She felt an immediate pull towards the desperate plight of children orphaned by, or living with Aids.
With the vision of making a difference to those in need in this country, they visited the Fikelela Children’s Home, a home for orphaned and vulnerable children in the Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town. At once they were convinced that this was an establishment they would love to support and the Light From Africa Foundation began its work. Starting off with a few artists and a vision to support Fikelela Children’s Home in 2004, the foundation has grown to provide psychosocial support to hundreds of children and care workers across Johannesburg and Cape Town every month.
Delivering dynamic, creative, interactive programmes that facilitate the integration of life skills, self-love and self-esteem into the lives of all participants through the use of clay; the foundation continues to grow from strength to strength under Anthony and Carole’s love and guidance.