The London’s Ubuntu Education Fund Charity Gala, in conjunction with Andrew Rolfe recently raised over £603,000. The initially targeted amount was £600,000. The event was held with the sole purpose of helping the disadvantaged kids in Africa and was attended by famous personalities. The contributions will go into the expansion of the student capacity at the Ubuntu Education Fund in the Port Elizabeth Campus, with a part of the money being intended to help improve the campus’ pediatric clinic.
The Ubuntu Education Fund makes use of its workforce and resources to help more than 400,000 disadvantaged children in Africa. Nearly everything takes place at the Port Elizabeth Campus. Disadvantaged children are taken through a pre-designed program aimed at meeting both their educational and health needs until they are sufficiently prepared to take up a career.
The not-for-profit organization started as a small charity, in 1999, to avail educational tools and facilities. Over time, the founders became aware of more pressing problems such as HIV and hunger that prevented children from realizing their maximum potential through education. They decided to expand the program to accommodate the provision of other critical services such as nutrition, health, and stability.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew Rolfe is the senior managing director of TowerBrook Capital Partners and the head of US Private Equity where he is tasked with the responsibilities of providing continuous strategic and operational support to the company. Currently, he is responsible for searching investment opportunities in the US and Europe for the purpose of acquisition in the retail, hospitality, and food service sectors. He is also a member of the board of directors of TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P.
Mr. Rolfe has been serving as the chairman of Ubuntu Education Fund since March 2007. Previously, he worked as the President of Gap Inc. International for two years. Between 1992 and 1997, he was the vice president of PepsiCo. After leaving PepsiCo, he took up the position of Chairman and chief executive officer at Pret A Manger.
He graduated from Eton College in 1985 and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Oxford from 1985 – 1988. Andrew Rolfe earned an MBA in Business/Managerial Economics in 1992 at Harvard Business School.