The Cape Town event held in a delightful venue at The Stack in Gardens was a resounding success.
Some very influential Old Boys were in attendance to name a few Mr Tony Leon, Mr Dean Milbank, Mr John Bester, who received the Sir Liege Hulett Award for his continuous generosity towards the College. John was one of the first Founders of the second Century in sponsoring a new classroom and giving back to Kearsney.
Younger Old Boys also attended and certainly added to the entertainment of the evening.
Leading up to this, the Foundation Department, together with the Old Boys, organized Centenary events, one being held in Cape Town on the 16th October and the second in Johannesburg on the 25th October. These events are to create awareness of the Centenary events planned for 2021 and the Centenary Fundraising Campaign.
Thando Skwatsha (Gillingham, 2017), Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg and Wandile Linda (Finningley, 2017)
John Bester (Pembroke, 1963) and Dean Milbank (Gillingham, 1967)
Kearsney Foundation caught up with highly esteemed Old Boys at Centenary function in Johannesburg
Headmaster, Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg and Foundation Director, Mrs Ghislaine Riceman, took full advantage and opportunity to have dinner with a few highly esteemed Old Boys. Dr Michael Belfort (KCOB,1975) and his wife Jo were visiting South Africa from the United States for a medical conference. The world-renowned Dr Belfort is Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and Obstetrician and Gynaecologist-in-Chief of Texas Children’s Hospital.
Dr Belfort made history in 2017 when he performed pioneering surgery on a 24-week old foetus, while still in his mother’s womb, to reverse the effects of spina bifida. He is a remarkable man on an incredible journey and says that Kearsney College was his home for six years and has been the foundation for the remainder of his life.
He mentioned it’s been a long road from beakers, pipettes and schoolboy science experiments to Michael and Jo have already committed to the Centenary Bursary fund and hope to be able to attend Founder’s weekend in 2021.
Dr Michael Belfort (KCOB, 1975)