History and Board MembersThe EEF came about as a result of the need to have a Trust Fund that would receive, source, invest, manage and deploy funds to support and advance the transfromation of education in the Queenstown district in particular. During the formation of the EEF it became appararent that the Fund would also be in a position to play this role more broadly in South Africa. This opened up a whole new level of opportunity for fundraising for education. The EEF was formed with this at the core of its vision and commenced its activities in December 2016.The BoardIndependent ChairmanAdvocate Kevin HopkinsRepresenting Old Boys Tens Rugby:Lungisa TsheleWayne GodwinRepresenting the 1965Ride:Nkareng MbopaneYonella TitiRepresenting QCOBA Foundation Branch:Lwandile QokweniRyan SchnellFounding Directors:Tony Frost Marcelle Malherbe
Funding PhilosophyThe EEF identifies projects in areas of clear need, particularly in the Queenstown district. The identification of the projects will result from appeals from the public for assistance; investigation by the Board or its Proxies; recommendations from schools or educational experts; suggestions from donors; or a combination of these.The Board will thoroughly investigate all applications and awards of funding will be done strictly on merit.Each of the current key funding partners have their philosophies and the Board will endeavour to honour the trust placed in it as custodian of these funds to ensure that funds are deployed as agreed with the donors.
Current Funding Partners1965RideThis initiative has been alive since 2011. It consists of an annual Fundraising cycle tour from Johannesburg to Queenstown and is open to anyone who wishes to participate. It has raised about R5 million in total and its monies are dedicated to the awarding of bursaries. Until the advent of the EEF various other institutions were the stewards of the 1965Ride monies. This partner is one of the Founding Partners of the EEFOld Boys Tens RugbyAnother Founding Partner of the EEF. The OBX commenced its activities in 2015 and has grown from strength to strength and will undoubtedly become a very significant source of funds for the EEF and its partners in the future. The OBX is an annual 10-a-side rugby tournament held in Johannesburg and welcomes rugby teams of alumni from any of the traditional boy’s schools. Since inception this concept has expanded to include sides from all schools; in addition there is also now also 6-a-side cricket tournament; netball and in due course the intention is to include a hockey tournament.OtherObviously the EEF is in its infancy and is finding its way. It has formed a Fundraising and Investment Committee which has targeted various funding partners and schemes to raise significant monies with which to support and develop quality education
• ICP Trust • The Brightstar Primary School, Middelburg • The Hilton College Cattle for Bursaries Fund • The Good Shepherd Trust Bursary • The Dale College 1st XV nutrition programme • Monnasbond Contribution • Bursary Contribution for a scholar at Selborne College • Soweto Rugby Club & Soweto Rugby Academy• The Queen’s College Rugby Outreach Programme • The Mariana Malherbe Bursary - is awarded to a deserving, underprivileged child from the rural farming community of Dordrecht, Eastern Cape• Stirling High School Cultural bursary• The Border u13 Coca Cola team• The Creche in Zenzani Village, Midlands• Elusindisweni Primary School, Middelburg• Parktown Boys Bursary Fund