The Ubuntu Fund is a program whose objective is to take care of the youth who are underprivileged in South Africa. Last May, they conducted a fundraising aimed to obtain $972,960, to be used at the Ubuntu Funds campus in Port Elizabeth. They are also planning to increase the number of children in the school so as to help as many lives as possible. The event took place through the entire night, but at least the target was achieved. Chairman of Ubuntu Fund, Andrew Rolfe, treated the 300 guests at the gala with tasty foods and delightful music presented by the renowned Xhosa band. Some of the previous students from the Ubuntu Fund were special guests at the gala and were given a chance on stage where they gave inspirational speeches.
In 1999, the Ubuntu Fund was founded as a small charitable trust which was focused on the availability of educational tools. They later realized more serious hindrances which prevented children from achieving their academic goals. Some of them include HIV, home instability, hunger, poor health, and nutrition among others. They, therefore, developed more measures aimed at eradicating these problems to enable maximum productivity. Sinesipho, an Ubuntu Fund Scholar, delivered a wonderful speech at the gala explaining how the foundation has assisted in her success and well-being.
Andrew Rolfe works at Towerbrook Capital as the Managing Director where he is the senior manager of food services, hospitality, and also the retail sector. He is also the head and Managing Director of Private Equity, where his role is to provide operational and strategic sustenance to the organization. Before attaining this position, he served at the Gap Incorporation’s Division from 2003 to 2006 as the President. He managed the firm’s strategies by identifying market and international extensions. He also contributed in the launching of a new franchise in Malaysia and Singapore.
He has served as CEO and Chairman of Pret A Manger where he transformed the firm into an international retailer. He has also worked at Operations Europe representing 1,300 Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants in 30 countries. Between 2007 and 2014, he served as Chairman of the Board of Beverages. He has also been in many other organizations after he completed his studies at Harvard School of Business. At Harvard, he received an M.B.A degree before moving to Oxford University where he acquired a B.A in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.