Ubuntu Fund managed to raise $972,960 during its 10th Annual Ubuntu Gala Dinner, which was held in May. The money raised during the dinner will be used to fund projects in the group’s school campus, which is based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In addition, the management of the fund seeks to develop a modern pediatric clinic that is located in the campus. This way, they will be able to take care of more underprivileged children. According to the organizers, the nightlong gala was successful as they managed to surpass their target.
Andrew Rolfe was pleased with the gala’s success given that he treated all the 300 attendees to quality music from a Xhosa choir and delicious meals. Andrew is the chairman of the Ubuntu Fund. Among the attendees were two beneficiaries of the Fund. One of them was Sinesipho Rabidyani. The student, who spoke to the crowd after dinner, touched many people with her story. She told the crowd that her father’s drinking behavior made her dread going home from school. She was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship by the Ubuntu Fund. The scholarship included quality education and psychological support. She also benefited from a mentorship program. Recently, Sinesipho joined a law school. She hopes to help needy children in the future.
The gala also had an auctioning session. During the auction, the successful winners were guaranteed a trip to South Africa, a portrait by Nelson Makamo, and two paintings of Dom Pattison. In total, the items earned the Fund $38,667. Charlie Ross, a renowned British auctioneer, conducted the auction.
In addition, Jacob Lief spoke during the event. The Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Fund emphasized the need to provide children with all the resources they need for purposes of enhancing their growth. According to him he has learnt that children need everything for them to grow into responsible adults.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew Rolfe is one of the revered leaders of the Ubuntu Education Fund. The executive manager has been able to lead the Fund to success by expanding its operations. He holds a BA degree from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Previously, he worked for Gap Inc., PepsiCo, and Pret A Manger. Presently, he is one of the executive directors of TowerBrook Capital Partners. His insights have helped the Ubuntu Fund to help many needy children and families in the society.