During the 10th annual Ubuntu Fund gala dinner, the management of the Fund was hoping to raise $972,960. The organizers of the event posited that they would channel the funds towards the construction of a modern school campus in Port Elizabeth. In addition, they would construct a pediatric clinic within the campus. Moreover, the management would use the additional funding to welcome more disadvantaged children to the institution. The event lasted the entire night. By dawn, they had surpassed their initial target.
Andrew was instrumental in treating the 300 guests to sumptuous meals and music. In attendance was the founder of the Fund, Jacob Lief. In addition, two beneficiaries of the Ubuntu Fund graced the occasion. However, Sinesipho Rabidyani stole the show with her moving speech. Sinesipho explained that while she was young, she did not love going home like the other students. This is because her father had a drinking problem, thus he was abusive. She would always work hard at school. In the end, she performed very well in her examinations. Owing to her impressive performance, she qualified to be one of the Ubuntu Fund’s scholars. To this end, she was provided with mentorship and psychosocial support. Presently, she is studying law at the university. Sinesipho managed to convince her mother to consider moving away from their father.
Jacob posited that he learnt that children needed more resources to grow up. Initially, the executive offered to help Malizole “Banks” Gwaxula to enhance her mission of helping the needy children in Port Elizabeth. They concluded that these children needed more help. It is for this reason that Lief and Banks incorporated Ubuntu Fund in 1999.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew serves as the chairman of the Fund. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the revered University of Oxford. In addition, he pursued his master’s degree from Harvard Business School.
Andrew Rolfe has worked for different renowned corporations, including the Gap, PepsiCo and Pret A Manger. The executive has extensive experience in growing retail brands in the international market. He is credited for enhancing these companies’ operations in the global market. Andrew has also worked for WH Smith Plc. and Booker Foodservice.