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Andrew Rolfe’s Organizational Skills Came to Play during the Ubuntu Fund’s Charity Gala in London

Andrew Rolfe, the chairman of Ubuntu Fund, recently hosted a successful charity gala. The event that was held in London surpassed the organizer target of 600000 pounds to collect 603000 pounds. Ubuntu Fund helps disadvantaged children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It hosts an education center and a pediatric clinic. The raised funds were dedicated to these two projects.

Moving Stories

The 300 attendees, including celebrities and philanthropists, were treated to a good ambiance with Xhosa chorals. Beneficiaries of the fund gave their stories that left the audience amazed. Sinesipho Rabidyani narrated how her father’s drinking problem negatively affected her childhood and the lives of other members of her family. Getting into Ubuntu Fund gave her a new lease on life. She got the mentorship and the psychosocial support she badly needed. Her hard work in the studies earned her a place in law school. She also instilled courage in her mother to leave the toxic marriage. The deepness of the story moved the crowd at the same time igniting their generosity at the gala.

Other Proceedings

The auction at the gala, which was hosted by Charlie Ross fetched 33000 pounds. The items up for grabs included a Nelson Makamo’s portrait, Dom Pattinson paintings, and a holiday package to South Africa. The gala was closed with a speech from Jacob Lief of the Ubuntu Fund. He narrated how he had observed kids from poor backgrounds in South Africa for many years. He came to realize that they needed help as they lacked most things in life as compared to other kids. They include healthcare, food, and education. Ubuntu Fund filled the gap by providing these needs with the help of generous donors. To this far, 2000 kids from Port Elizabeth have benefited from this generosity. The kids are taken into the program from an early age. They are then nurtured and mentored till they start their careers.

About Andrew Rolfe

Andrew Rolfe started his career 25 years ago at PepsiCo. He then worked for Pret A Manger and Gap Inc. He currently works for TowerBrook Capital Partners as the Managing Director.

Andrew Rolfe is an alumnus of the recognized Harvard Business School where he studied BA and economics. He had earlier attended the University of Oxford, attaining an undergraduate degree.