The Ubuntu Fund is a renowned organization that was founded with the objective of helping the needy children in the society. Founded in 1999 by Jacob Lief and Malizole “Banks” Gwaxula, the small charity has helped more than 400,000 disadvantaged children. Jacob posits that he found Banks engaging in philanthropic activities. He offered to help her achieve her mission of supplying the children residing in Port Elizabeth with the items that they needed for school. Even though their gesture was widely accepted, they felt the need to do more for the high number of needy children. It is here that they founded the Ubuntu Education Fund. Presently, the institution is supporting over 2,000 disadvantaged kids.
When they were starting, they only paid much attention to the children’s education. They soon learnt that these kids could hardly concentrate in class. After conducting their own research, they found that hunger, HIV and their overall home-life made it difficult for them to realize their potential in the classroom. To this end, the institution started providing them with medical services, home stability and food.
Owing to their spirit of seeking to help many needy children, the management of the fund led by Andrew Rolfe organized for a gala dinner. The event was well attended. The guests were entertained and served tasty dishes. At the end of the event, the Ubuntu Fund had raised over $972,960, which is above their set target. The auction, which was held during the night, raised $38,667. Charlie Ross, a renowned auctioneer from Britain, presided over the auction. The goodies that were presented during the auction were Nelson Makamo’s portrait, two paintings done by Dom Pattison and a trip to South Africa.
About Andrew Rolfe
For his undergraduate studies, Andrew Rolfe attended the revered University of Oxford where he graduated with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. Later, he enrolled in the prestigious Harvard University where he earned his master’s degree in business administration.
Besides his sound educational background, Andrew has vast leadership expertise. He has worked for Pret A. Manger, Booker Foodservice and PepsiCo Restaurants International. In addition, he has played an instrumental role in enhancing the Gap’s operations abroad.