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IIOFF Year End Message

The Trustees of the IIOFF would like to thank all the ODs, Bishops Staff, Parents and Boys who have supported us throughout the year - whether it was financial, emotional or merely collegial.

INVEST IN OUR FUTURE FOUNDATION (IIOFF)

YEAR END MESSAGE

We appreciate your support as we continue on this path of creating a long-term, sustainable Foundation to assist our young ODs as they venture out beyond the school gates.

Looking back:

It has been a busy year, both administratively and activity-wise.

From the highly successful Bishops’ Carnival, participation in Class Reunions, a UK launch, the Raffle, the launch of our website (odiioff.com) to the Citadel Golf Day in collaboration with the Parents’ Association.

Administratively, the Trust documentation has been signed off and is making its way through the government authorities prior to registration. An application to become a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) is in process and all of these will enable the IIOFF to operate interdependently with the ODU Committee but not dependent on changes of personnel.

The IIOFF has also been in deep engagement with The Bishops Trust and VUSA to ensure a synchronisation of all fund-raising activities. We are happy to report that we’re all now moving in the same direction with purpose and vigour.

Apart from assisting our three current recipients, the Trustees have been approached on a number of occasions for assistance with smaller amounts to make up shortfalls in funding and other emergencies. We have been happy to assist with most of these, and ensure that the OD concerned has not had his studies negatively impacted. Mentorship of various ODs has been happening on an almost continuous basis. Much of this work has been done confidentially, with interactions between the OD concerned ands the Trustees.

We have been working closely with the Bishops Support Unit under the management of Mr Chris Ekron who will be publishing a comprehensive Diocesan Scholar Mentorship Programme in the New Year. In this, the IIOFF ‘closes the loop’ for the Scholar after school.

Forward to 2023:

2023 will see renewed activity with the Bishops Carnival (March); a Citadel Ronan Keating Concert at Kirstenbosch (March); Class Reunions (throughout the year); Golf Day (November) and other projects to be announced.

Thank you to the following people and organisations:

The Trustees would like to thank our OD staff, Dedry Weich and Lynn Swanevelder for their cheerful assistance, often above and beyond the call of duty. It is most appreciated! You ladies are stars!

The IIOFF would not be possible without the assistance of Citadel, their executives and marketing team. You are amazing!

RSA Web sponsor and host our website - thank you!

May we wish all of our stakeholders a very Happy Festive Season and look forward to a Prosperous and Positive New Year.

IIOFF Trustees:

  • James Sedgwick (chair)
  • David MacGregor
  • Sanjay Daya
  • Simon Burrow

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