The Annual Ubuntu Fund Gala Dinner hoped to raise a total of $972,960 and have the money channeled towards funding the pediatric clinic in the school campus of Port Elizabeth. They will also use some of this money to support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children from the local communities. The program has had the history of facilitating the upgrading of the quality of lives of the most underprivileged youth to enhance their careers.
The chairman of the Ubuntu Fund, Andrew Rolfe, took pleasure of having to treat the 300 invited attendees in the gala, where Xhosa music and delicacies were served in plenty. The students who had previously benefited from the Fund were featured as special guests, with a host of other guests who were presented with most inspiring speeches in the evening’s event.
Sinesipho Rabidyani is one of the beneficiaries who stole the show when she narrated how she could not stay at home with her abusive and alcoholic father. She eventually won herself a scholarship and received an excellent education, which came with psychological support and full-time mentoring program.
The evening gala was ended by a speech from Ubuntu Fund Founder and the current CEO Jacob Lief who emphasized the fact that all children should be provided with everything for them to experience all-rounded growth. Lief learned of this need after working for more than 20 years with the Ubuntu Fund.
Andrew Rolfe attended the University of Oxford where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, before furthering his education at Harvard University where he earned a Masters of Business Administration. He was subsequently appointed to head the Ubuntu Education Fund, a position he has held owing to his knowledge and experience in educational matters.
The Gap’s International Division honored Andrew Rolfe with the title President and as such he was responsible for its smooth operations in the United Kingdom, Japan, France, and Germany. The company went ahead to put the strategies for international growth on his charge.
The experiences and accomplishments of Rolfe have always seen him rise from one level of management to another, transitioning from the Prêt A. Manger to being appointed as the CEO of the Booker Foodservice. He once served as the Vice-President of the Operations Europe for the international PepsiCo Restaurants.