BPF ‘escapes the city’ & receives an award nomination at Rugby Expo 2014
Over the last few weeks, the charity has been engaging with a host of stakeholders, be it corporate partners, universities, grant-awarding bodies, schools, coaching establishments and at networking events.
Two recent events have seen charity representatives – Founder, Richard Bennett and Operations Director, Oliver Munns – lead a talk at the Escape School in London and, at the Rugby Expo, Bhubesi Pride Foundation was shortlisted for their ‘Community Programme of the Year’ award for the second year in a row.
Emily Centeno – who attended the Escape School’s talk by Bhubesi Pride Foundation and who has volunteered in Uganda, and supports the professional development of business students in London – told us:
“I found the talk very inspiring to be honest. I think you are doing great work, changing the lives of people in Africa through sport. This is something different that I have seen from other charities I have been part of. Bringing this game to kids, seeing them smile and work together – it’s great!”
“I’d also love for you to come to our business school and do a talk about your projects, also informing students about the challenges you’ve faced in setting up a social charity or enterprise. Also it will be great to share with them, aside from being successful in business, how they can make a meaningful contribution to the world.”
At this year’s Rugby Expo, the conference saw in-depth panel discussions on the development of rugby globally, its role as a social tool and how Rugby World Cup 2015 will inspire greater long-term initiatives in playing nations.
The charity was shortlisted for their ‘Community Programme of the Year’ award for the second year running. BPF’s 2014 project came second to Premiership Rugby’s impressive Hitz programme, which 2014 Bhubesi Pride Foundation volunteer, Pablo Dobrowolski, is now helping to lead and coordinate in Argentina, having been recently selected.