It was at a dinner with the Headmaster, Elwyn van den Aardweg, and his wife Tracey on their visit to the USA in July 2014 that the idea of a USA and Canada KCOB Centenary Bursary Fund was born.
While many USA KCOBs give privately to Kearsney, there was consensus that having a shared Kearsney USA and Canada Centenary Bursary Fund would give substance to the predominantly USA and Canada Old Boy network,
When Elwyn was asked “looking towards the future, what is the top priority that you see for Kearsney?” his immediate answer was “to raise support for bursaries and financial aid”. Out of these discussions has come the vision to create a new and permanent bursary called the ‘USA and Canada KCOB Centenary Bursary Fund’.
Momentum for the USA and Canada KCOB Centenary Bursary Fund, led by Michael Hall started at the KCOB dinner in Santa Rosa, CA, USA (5 July 2014). Daniel Da Silva (Gillingham 2001); Brett Webber (Finningley 1981); Leif Gjestland (Gillingham 1950); Ian Macgregor (Gillingham 1952); Dereck Levy (Pembroke 1970); Michael Hall (Gillingham 1953); Grant du Plooy (Pembroke 1978); David Emanuel (Pembroke 1996); Elwyn van den Aardweg (Headmaster).
Our aim is to raise funding for Kearsney bursary awards in perpetuity by the Centenary in 2021. The amount necessary to fully fund such a bursary would be $ 500,000. This would allow the interest derived from this fund to support deserving boys each year.
The USA and Canada Bursary Fund has grown tremendously since its inception due to the passion, commitment and camaraderie amongst our Old Boys living in the USA and Canada and to date we have raised $276 050. Please continue to dig deep so we are able to reach our target by the Centenary.