OD OFFICE & BRANCH NEWS

ODs in the Finals for the Villagers Old Boys Sevens – Tonight at 8:15
ODs went unbeaten through the qualifying rounds last night for the Villagers Old Boys Sevens. They go through to the final for the second year running. Tonight at 8:15pm as the curtain raiser for Villagers Sevens. Come through to support our men!

2008 10-Year Reunion
Marc van Heerden (2008B) reports: “Over the course of the Bishops-Rondebosch weekend, we, the Class of 2008, hosted our 10 year reunion. And what a weekend it was! There was a fantastic turnout from all over the world and, as astutely noted by Ryan du Toit (2008F), even a few from as far afield as Greenpoint.” Read the full report HERE.

ODs in Bangkok, Thailand

SE Asia Secretary, Stuart Lucani (1968S) reports: "Geoff and Tersia Starke (1968S) chartered a catamaran and spent two weeks sailing around the islands in the Gulf of Thailand based around the Koh Samui area.
They spent a few days in Bangkok when we met up for a dinner and catch up, we had not seen each other for almost 30 years.
Pictured from left are Geoff and Tersia Starke, Pu and Stuart Lucani.
Geoff and I were in the same class from Std. 1 at prep until matric, lots of catching up to do.

Any OD’s coming, or thinking of coming to Thailand are welcome to contact me ([email protected]) for any information.

OD Entrepreneurship Network
Chad Fichardt (1994O) reports: "A blockchain themed OD event was hosted in conjunction with the St. Stithians Old Boy Union in Johannesburg. The event saw OD and St Stithians Blockchain entrepreneurs and cryptocurrency enthusiasts learning and sharing ideas on practical applications of the technology. Ex-College Headmaster, Grant Nupen, who also has strong ties with St. Stithians, talked about his exploits in the world of Bitcoin mining, recounting the highlights of what he called his “post retirement entrepreneurship” journey." Read more HERE.

Rowing: Attention USA ODs!
Brad Smith (Current Staff): "We are taking a squad of 17 rowers and two coaches to Boston MA, USA where we will be partaking in the Head of the Charles regatta. We will be departing (roughly) on the 12 October and returning on the 21 October. The race will be on Saturday 20th October, we will have 4 boats competing. An eight, a coxed four, a double and a single. These boys will race in a timed event over the course of the Charles river over 3 miles (4,82KM). It is a massive event that is hosted over 3 days and see around 20 thousand athletes ascend the city and around 100 thousand spectators. The last time Bishops attended the race was in 2015 where they came an astounding 22nd out of 84 boats having started 82nd due to a seeding process." ODs residing in or around the Boston area are encouraged to support our boys at this prestigious event.

Cobras Remain Undefeated
Congratulations to the Cobras who are still unbeaten in the UCT internal league

OD Culture - Well Done ODs!
The OD Union would like to thank the ODs who came to support at last week's match against Rondebosch. They displayed respectable OD behaviour and even cleaned-up after themselves after the game. Pictured above are the very tidy stands that our supports left behind, well done lads!

VISITORS TO THE MITRE

Callum Wehmeyer (2017B)


Richard (2005M) and James Morris (2011M)
Richard and James from Zimbabwe came in to buy OD caps this week.


UK August Newsletter
To read the August UK Newsletter, click HERE!

OD UPDATES

Walk With Us - How two ODs walked 6000km in 6 months, living off just $2 a day!

In a recent article published by www.goodthingsguy.com:
Tom David (2011B) and Warren Handley (2010G) are two South African 25-year-olds who have just written a book about their journey of climbing the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, and walking 6000km through six countries on $2 a day in aid of Early Childhood Development.
Handley says he was inspired by Aluwani: “We are so privileged to have played a part in this journey; this story is not about us, we are merely part of a far bigger story. It is the community caregivers and the children themselves who are the real heroes.”
In a story of extreme pain and even greater kindness, overcoming challenges and lessons learned, they have a message to share: Not everyone has to walk 6000km to make a difference but what can YOU do to contribute to a more equal society?
They need you to walk with them and share their story by pre-ordering your book today.
To get more information about their story or to pre-order their book,
click here.

Keith Richardson (1968O)
Keith Richardson (1968O) launched his maiden book Before the wax melts - Musings of a South African Headmaster in a packed Clegg Hall at Wynberg Boys' High School on Tuesday 21 August 2018.
His book is on sale from the OD Offices for R250. Read more HERE

Humanitas Seminar - Wednesday 5th September
Chris Bates (2003W) reports: “We are holding a seminar next Wednesday 5th September on the “current state of man and society and a way forward” offering from a fresh historical, political and psychological perspective using a classical approach.
It will be a fascinating evening and the key speaker Zulfiqar Awan from London speaks internationally to governments, universities, et al on the subject.
Our very own Paul Murray is also a guest speaker.” Please contact
[email protected] to reserve your seat

Greg Mills (1979O) Book Launch – Saloons, Bars and Boykies
Congratulations to Greg for a very successful book launch on Wednesday evening at the Crankhandle Club in Wynberg. Pictured above is Helen Zille, Sarel van der Merwe and Greg Mills

CONDOLENCES

Passing of Tony van Ryneveld (1942G)

The family of Tony van Ryneveld inform you sadly of the passing of Tony yesterday morning. He passed away peacefully at his home in Tokai, surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed with cancer three weeks ago, and his health deteriorated rapidly during the recent period.
His memorial Service will be held at Christchurch, Constantia, on Wednesday 5th September at 2pm.
Read more
HERE

Passing of David Persse (1976F)
Thank you to Tim Murray (1980F) for informing us that David Persse (1976F) had passed away earlier this month.

We hope to have an obituary of David soon.

ODU MENTORING
Nicky Bicket (1973F) reports: "The ODU Mentoring Programme continues to flourish. ODs are regularly putting themselves forward as mentors and monthly, younger ones are benefiting.
Sometimes the chemistry doesn't work and the mentor-mentee relationship doesn't progress. This is natural and when this happens, mentors and mentees are urged to write to me so I can remedy the situation.
The mentoring relationship on average lasts about three months, but some longer and some for only one meeting/conversation. Mentors are encouraged to stay in contact with their mentees and mentees shouldn't lose touch with their mentors. These are relationships which should be nurtured and cherished. It's what ODs do for each other.
Last month, I had a senior OD living in North America volunteer himself as a mentor saying, "At almost 80 I suppose it's a bit late, but I do have experience and insight".
I bet he does and such giving back to young ODs is truly appreciated and hopefully will soon he will be called into service.
So - to volunteer as a mentor or request a mentor, please click
HERE."


LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION

Owing to so much OD related news, it is often challenging to report on the wide range of Bishops activities.
For ease of use, we thus include links to the
Bishops Website, the Principal’s Newsletters, and also the UK OD Newsletter
Please enjoy spending some time reading these, as they are the best means of keeping up to date with Bishops.
The Rugby season has kicked off, to view the school rugby fixtures and other sports fixtures, click
HERE.

Kind regards