As one of the organizers of the Ubuntu Education Fund gala dinner in London, Andrew Rolfe was instrumental in ensuring that the 300 guests were comfortable. He ensured that they were provided with a variety of cuisines and good music. During the event, the Fund was expecting to raise £600,000. At the end of the night, they had surpassed their initial target.
Some of the attendees included Jacob Lief, who is the chief executive of the Ubuntu Education Fund, and Sinesipho Rabidyani, a proud beneficiary of the Fund. Jacob posited that for 20 years, he has supported hundreds of disadvantaged children. When they were starting their operations, they thought that education was the only problem affecting these needy children. However, they came to learn that for these children to grow up; they need to have better health, nutrition and jobs. To this end, they started providing them with additional care. Over the years, the Ubuntu Fund has benefited many children who would otherwise have not completed their education.
Sinesipho stole the show by sharing her inspiring story. She said that when she was young, she dreaded going home given that her father was abusive owing to his drinking habits. Because of such challenges, she decided to redouble her efforts at school. To this end, she excelled well in her studies. This way, she qualified for the Ubuntu Educational Fund’s scholarship. Sinesipho is presently pursuing law at the university. She also said that her mother managed to accept to listen to her advice of moving away from their abusive father.
The management of the Ubuntu Fund posited that the money would be used in expanding the entity’s school campus, thus enhancing the student capacity. In addition, they will construct a modern pediatric clinic at the Port Elizabeth-based school campus.
The chairperson of the Ubuntu Fund served as the president of The Gap’s international division. At the San Francisco-based company, Rolfe was in charge of overseeing the company’s stores that were based in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
In addition, Andrew worked for a London-based food retailer, Pret A Manger, as the chief executive officer and chairman of the board. The executive rendered his services for PepsiCo Restaurants International as the vice president in charge of the company’s operations in Europe.