Fund Raising Initiative
The Old Boys Tens aims to transform education in South Africa by elevating the standards of education in previously disadvantaged communities. This is done by contributing to the improvement of educational opportunities throughout the country.
We wish to give deserving young men and women the opportunity to receive a quality education, and thus provide them with the tool of self empowerment.
Annual proceeds from the tournament go towards the development of educational opportunities & bursaries of the disadvantaged communities in the vicinities of the Old Boys Tens participating schools. The distribution of the proceeds are decided upon by the Old Boys teams who are crowned CUP, PLATE, SHIELD, BOWL & SPOON champions. These community educational programs & deserving children are forwarded as prospective beneficiaries by the above mentioned Old Boys Teams as their contribution to the transformation of education in their greater community.
The beneficiaries of OBX
ICP Trust – Nominated by OBX15 Bowl Champions, Kingswood College Old Boys
The ICDP Trust was established in 2005 by Kingswood College. A house was purchased in a previously disadvantaged area of Grahamstown and named the Lebone Centre. The Trust was created to benefit vulnerable individuals in the surrounding community which boarders Kingswood.
Three programmes are run from the Lebone Centre; The Little Red Dragon Preschool, Aftercare & Enrichment programme for vulnerable children and a Comprehensive Literacy Programmes with various literacy initiatives. The centre reaches approximately 600 direct beneficiaries. Kingswood pupils are involved in various aspects of these programmes.
The Brighstar Primary School, Middelburg – Nominated by OBX15 & OBX16 Cup Champions, Middelburg Old Boys
The Brightstar School is a registered private school that services the disadvantaged communities of Middelburg with no subsidy from the Department of Education. The school relies solely on the financial aid of sponsors, donors and private individuals.
Due to it servicing a large community, the school required the construction of an extra classroom to house Grade 7 learners. The Old Boys Tens assisted with the construction of this new classroom that helps educate disadvantaged learners.
The Hilton College Cattle for Bursaries Fund – Nominated by OBX16 Shield Champions, Hilton College Old Boys
The Hilton College cattle for bursaries project was initiated in 2009 by the Hilton College Old Boys. The primary aim of the project is to help facilitate the purchasing and running of a herd of oxen on the Hilton College Estate. The funds generated from this project are directed towards bursaries that are allocated by a committee made up of appropriately elected individuals.
Bursary candidates are considered on application and bursaries are awarded to individuals that have shown particular potential and uphold certain values but are in need of financial assistance. These beneficiaries are given the assistance they need in order to make the most of the educational, sporting and cultural opportunities offered by Hilton College. With regard to funds allocated from the cattle project, particular emphasis is placed on applications from boys originating from rural areas, and each application is thoroughly considered in order that the most deserving applicants receive the necessary assistance they need.
Funds received as a donation are used to purchase further oxen. Only profits from the project are allocated towards bursaries and capital is retained in order that oxen can be repurchased in the new season. This insures that the project remains sustainable and that a once off donation results in an investment that produces funds annually.
The Good Shepherd Trust Bursary – Nominated by OBX16 Plate Winners, St Andrew’s College Old Boys
The St Andrew’s College Council agreed to set up an independent trust that would own the property and buildings in which the Good Shepherd School is situated in order to continue the work intended by the Community of the Resurrection. The Good Shepherd School is therefore designated as a Public School on Private Property, and the Good Shepherd Trust was duly established in 2006, and continues to work today with the School Governing Body in the management of the school.
The Trust’s objective is to provide children from disadvantaged communities at the Good Shepherd School with the opportunity to enter senior schools such as St Andrew’s College, the Diocesan School for Girls, Graeme College and Victoria Girls’ High and to thereafter progress to Rhodes University and other tertiary study and career opportunities.
The OBX helped with a financial contribution towards a bursary for a deserving young scholar to attend St Andrews College
The Dale College 1st XV nutrition programme – Nominated by OBX14 Cup Champions, Dale College Old Boys
Dale has a proud record of not only producing many players of colour in the Eastern Cape but also many
Most of the boys at Dale College are from surrounding townships and the former Ciskei, and are underprivileged & disadvantaged. Due to these unfortunate circumstances, the boys are found to have many deficiencies in their nutrition which sadly results in the lack of fuel needed to keep up with the rigorous training schedule that they endure whilst competing at the highest level of schoolboy rugby.
In the past Dale have had old boys and teachers supplement the boys with extra nutrition through
meal replacements and balanced meals. The Old Boys Tens assists with the purchasing of sports supplements, and balanced meals for these boys during the rugby season.
Monnasbond Contribution – Nominated by OBX16 Spoon Winners, Monnas Old Boys
The Old Boys Tens has assisted with the funding of disadvantaged and financially needy players from Monument Hoerskool for their 2017 Rugby Tour to the Glenwood Easter Rugby Festival.
Bursary Contribution for a scholar at Selborne College – Nominated by OBX16 Bowl Winners, Selborne College Old Boys
The Old Boys Tens financially contributed to bursary aid for a deserving, disadvantaged scholar at Selborne College who has showed great promise in all spheres of school life.
Soweto Rugby Club
As the chosen outreach club for OBX16, the club participated in OBX16 as the Soweto Old Boys. The OBX also assisted with funding core expenses that are essential to the functioning of the club such as transport and laundry facilities.
The OBX and its nutrition partner Futurelife, also supplied the club’s junior structures with a supply of nutritious meals and supplements.
The Queen’s College Rugby Outreach Programme – Nominated by the Queen’s College Old Boys
Thanks to a large donation from a Queen’s College Old Boy, the Outreach Programme was launched in 2016 and has had great success in its first year of operation. A donation by the Old Boys Tens in 2017, contributes to the investment of Queen’s College in the greater Queenstown community using rugby as the vehicle.
The Community Outreach Project was launched at a media breakfast on Tuesday 15 March 2016. Former Springbok rugby player Gcobani Bobo was the guest of honor along with Former Springbok and Old Boys Tens Ambassador, Kaya Malotana, who also heads up the programme.
The four community schools who formed part of the project were Nonesi Primary, St Theresa’s Primary, Lukhanji Primary and Louis Rex Primary. In 2017 there will be additional schools added to the programme. These schools are given kit in the form of balls, cones, whistles, pumps, bags, rugby jerseys while weekly coaching clinics are setup at Queen’s College where coaching is given by professional coaches, and past rugby legends.
In 2016 the likes of Rory Duncan, Braam Van Straaten and OBX Ambassadors Kaya Molotana & Robbi Kempson gave coaching clinics.
Queen’s College also hosts fixtures & rugby tournaments for the community schools involved.
This initiative strives to develop young rugby players in the community with the hope of changing lives and circumstances through rugby.
The Mariana Malherbe Bursary
The Mariana Malherbe bursary is awarded to a deserving, underprivileged child from the rural farming community of Dordrecht, Eastern Cape. The bursary is funded by the OBX allowing the scholar to attend Queen’s College Boys High School
Brightstar Primary Pupils
Hilton College Pupils
Pupils from the Good Shepherd School being tutored by a D.S.G Pupil
A Dale College 1st XV player on the attack
A Monnas 1st XV player in action
Selborne College pupils
Mac Masina of the Soweto Old Boys
The Queen’s College Rugby Outreach Programme