In May, the Ubuntu Fund hosted their 10th Annual Gala dinner and managed to raise just under a million dollars. Since they were able to reach their goal, this money will be going to their school system in Port Elizabeth. Right now, the Port Elizabeth school support around 2,000 students that come from poor families that are unable to pay for schooling. These children are often not provided with the medical attention they need so the Ubuntu Fund’s next goal is to build a pediatric clinic on the school’s campus. The school will also be expanding in size so that they are able to help more people. Not only does the school provide academic and medical support, they also having mentoring programs that provide these students with psycho support.
The gala had over 300 people attend, all of which want to do whatever they can to help these children in Africa. Andrew Rolfe, Ubuntu’s Chairman, was able to score a Xhosa choir that delighted the audience and made for a lively time. Several people were invited to speak at the event in order to share their story about how the Ubuntu Fund helped them during hardships. Sinesipho Rabidyani caught everyone’s attention when she spoke of growing up in a poor family and then being awarded an Ubuntu Fund scholarship. This gave her an opportunity to get away from her alcoholic father. She thanked the Ubuntu Fund for supporting her emotionally and providing her with the academic support she needed in order to be successful in life. She was just accepted to law school and she attributes that success to the Ubuntu Fund for giving her a chance to make something of her life.
Andrew Rolfe is extremely dedicated to helping and improving the ives of the impoverished children in Africa. When he is not working with the Ubuntu Fund and rising money, he is working for Towerbrook Capital Partners as their Senior Managing Director.
Andrew studied Philosophy, Economics, and Politics at the University of Oxford. He earned his bachelors degree in the arts there. After that, he went to the Harvard Business School and earned his masters degree in Business Economics.