Remember. Celebrate. Honour.
The Class of 2007 is a year of gentleman who experienced grief and loss while too young. To honor their deceased classmates they rally to remind us to live with passion, celebrate those we love, embrace life and make the world a better place.
The Class of 2007 Memorial Fund remembers, celebrates and honors these young men by providing the opportunity for a talented student to experience Kearsney who would otherwise not have been able to afford to.
Grow. Passion. Challenge.
“The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection” by Thomas Paine (Headmaster, Elwyn van den Aardweg quoted this at the 2007 Speech Day held soon after Ifi Okafor’s death)
The group who matriculated from Kearsney College in 2007 have talent. Academically, on the sports field, musically, and more. Head Prefect Monde Nkosi also recalls the rare privilege of managing over 600 boys at a school which was more like a construction site. The kitchen and dining facilities were totally renovated and the hungry army of boys was fed that year in what later transformed into the SportZone. 2007 saw the new Science Centre open, a new classroom block being built and wireless connectivity installed.
At the start of 2016 the Class of 2007 endowment fund had reached a capital value of just over R550,000 and is growing. The interest on the investment will provide bursary support to future generations of Kearsney pupils.
CLASS FUND RECIPIENTS
The first Class of 2007 Memorial Bursary recipient was proposed by Kearsney and the award approved by the 2007 lead team. Tristan Dixon (Gillingham 2015) received the inaugural 2007 award in 2014 while in Grade 11. Tristan, a true all-rounder Kearsney boy played in the 1st Cricket and Rugby side and a valuable member of the Choir is a worthy ambassador for this fund. The second recipient will commence in 2017.
Gontse received this award in 2018, while Gontse was in grade 9. Gontse is now in grade 10, and doing very well. In the first term, receiving 70% however striving to reach his goal of 80%. Gontse has desires to either become a doctor or a lawyer and would like to do work in his home community in order to give back.
Without the support of the Class of 2007 memorial fund Gontse would not have had the opportunities he has today, Gontse is exceptionally grateful for this bursary which has been awarded to him, and he is performing very well. His teachers describe him as pleasant, with an enthusiastic and positive work attitude.
You are invited to support the Class of 2007 Memorial Fund
The Class of 2007 Memorial Fund aims to provide boys with a talent and love for sport the opportunity to experience the camaraderie, world class education, and experience that is Kearsney College.
Anyone may support this Fund.
Ways to support the Fund:
• Make a monthly (or one-off) gift to grow the Class of 2007 fund Pledge Form
• Remember the Class of 2007 Memorial Fund as a bequest in your Estate planning
• Participate in or support the annual Class of 2007 Golf Day
• Cycle or support the Amashova Green Ride