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Andrew Rolfe, Chairman of The Ubuntu Education Fund

The 10th Annual Ubuntu Fund Gala Dinner raised $972,960 in May 2016. The proceeds for the Gala are used to assist the Fund’s campus in Port Elizabeth. The fund is using the money to fund various projects in the campus. First the fund will create a pediatric clinic that is available to all students in the campus. Second the fund will increase the number of disadvantaged children that it supports from the local area. The underprivileged children program takes young people from challenging backgrounds and educates them until they begin their careers. More than 300 people attended the gala where they were treated to music by a Xhosa choir and served tasty South African dishes.

Two past beneficiaries of the Ubuntu fund were special guests at the fund. They gave speeches that inspired the guests to donate money to the fund. Sinesipho Rabidyani is a law student who has benefited immensely from the fund. She had a challenging upbringing as her father was an alcoholic. She never wanted to be at home because there was no peace. The Ubuntu Fund gave her a scholarship to school and gave her psychosocial support. The fund also gives its members mentors who help them with their personal problems. She has also persuaded her mother to leave her alcoholic husband.

The Gala had an auction which was presided over by Charlie Ross a British Auctioneer. The auction sold a trip to South Africa, a painting by Nelson Makamo and to portraits by Dom Pattinson. The auction raised $38667 for the Ubuntu Fund.

The Ubuntu fund was founded by Jacob Lief and Malizole Gwaxula in 1999. It currently supports over 2000 South African children in the townships of Port Elizabeth. They started the fund by providing children with notebooks, pencils and text books. They noticed reading materials were not enough as the beneficiaries continued having problems. They then decided to assist the children with their personal problems such as food and problems at home.

The Ubuntu Education Fund is chaired by Andrew Rolfe. He is an alumnus of Oxford where he obtained a BA in Philosophy, Economics and Politics. He then got his MBA from Harvard. He is an accomplished business man and manager having worked at companies such as Booker Food Service, PepsiCo and Pret A Manager.