The idea to establish the Barry Streek Memorial Bursary arose from a discussion among his friends after the veteran journalist died after a long battle with cancer in 2006.
Parliamentary journalist Donwald Pressly, then chair of the club, came up with the idea that an annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture be held and any funds raised would go towards the bursary kitty. The lecture has been held every year since 2007. Donations have flooded in and the fund now has a significant endowment, allowing it to make bursary awards to deserving students on an annual basis.
Streek’s father, Dr Frank Streek, a former managing director of the Daily Dispatch, who now lives in Canada, has been one of the main contributors to the fund.
Streek was a member of the Committee of the Cape Town Press Club and Depty-chair when he died.