The Ubuntu Education Fund exceeded its fund’s expectations during the recently concluded charity gala which was held in London. Andrew Rolfe who is the Ubuntu Education Fund’s chairman, Jacob Lief who is the fund’s founder and many other dignitaries were present during the event.
Although the aim of the event was to raise six hundred thousand pounds, the charity gala was able to surpass this expectation by raising over 602,000 pounds. The total amount which was raised was approximately ten million Rands. The funds which were raised are expected to carry out the expansion of the fund’s campus which is located in Port Elizabeth.
Ubuntu Education Fund was started in 1999 by Jacob Lief. It was a small organization which was focusing on educational needs of the children in South Africa. However, the establishment has been able to grow by leaps and bounds and currently; it’s serving more than 400,000 underprivileged children in South Africa. In addition to this, the program also caters for their health needs, nutritional needs, home environment and many more needs that a child needs to thrive and prosper in life.
The Ubuntu Education Fund’s charity gala was able to attract the attention of almost three hundred popular philanthropists and socialites to London. On behalf of the organization, Andrew Rolfe welcomed all the guests. Xhosa chorals entertained the guests throughout the function. However, it’s the inspiring speeches that captivated the audience. The speeches included one by Sinesipho Rabidyani who is a beneficiary of the Ubuntu Fund. In her speech, Sinesipho narrated her inspiring story about how she came from a home with an alcoholic father.
Regardless of this, Ubuntu was able to assist her not only in her education but also through her difficult home background. She was able to overcome all adversities, and she has secured a place in law school, and her mother has finally been able to break up with her abusive father. She attributed all this good fortune to Ubuntu Fund.
About Andrew Rolfe:
Andrew Rolfe is the chairman of the Ubuntu Education Fund. He is also working for TowerBook Capital Partners as a managing director. Andrew Rolfe attended Havard University’s Business school where he studied business economics and administration and graduated with a Masters’. He studied at the Oxford University where he attained his undergraduate degree.