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Weʼre raising £3,500 to enable Sam's brother Gilbert to go to chef school in South Africa

Brussels, Belgium

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This was Gilbert when I first met him in Malawi aged 7, living in abject poverty, no shoes, rags for clothes, and not many prospects. His mum had recently died, his dad was not involved and life was tough. You can see the uncertainty and fear on his face. We had just adopted his baby brother and are committed to helping his wider family.

The photo below was taken a few months ago when I went to Vryburg, South Africa on the occasion of Gilbert's graduation from Tygerkloof school. An incredible transformation.

Gilbert has worked hard, faced the challenges in his life, dreamed big and is now ready to move on to get practical skills to enable him to stand on his own feet and be a success in the world. He speaks great English, is renowned for his integrity and is a hard worker. His mum would have been really proud of him.

The International Hotel School in Cape Town, South Africa have accepted Gilbert to start training as a chef in July 2018. They run a practical diploma course, with hands on experience in hotels and great post-graduation employment rates. They have an excellent reputation and accept students from all over the world.

The total cost per year will be £13,000 and the course lasts for 2 years. So far, we've raised £7,500 per year personally and with some help from some family and friends. We still need to raise the balance of £5,500 for this year and the same again for next year.

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  • Rachel Forster5 months ago
    Rachel Forster

    Rachel Forster

    5 months ago

    Gilbert has now arrived in Cape Town, has started his first week of chef school and is loving it. He has purpose-built student accommodation in halls nearby and has already made some friends. He is loving his course so far. We have realised that he needs to have a laptop for coursework, so if anyone feels inspired to make a donation to further the cause, we'd be really grateful. Here is a photo of him in his kit! Thanks for your support. As you can see, we have one happy chef-in-training all made possible by you!

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  • Rachel Forster8 months ago
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    Rachel Forster

    8 months ago

    We're very excited to announce that Gilbert has today been given a South African study visa so it's all systems go to get this project off the ground and get him to Cape Town to start training. Thanks so much to all who have made it possible. He is really grateful and very excited. If anyone still wants to donate then the page is open for another month and the need is still there, especially for costs beyond this year.

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Page last updated on: 7/20/2018 11:57 PM



  • Jo Goodson

    Jo Goodson

    Jul 20, 2018


  • Annabel


    Jul 20, 2018

    So glad to read that Gilbert has made it to Cape Town and is loving his course. Here’s a little something to help out. A x


  • Anonymous


    Jul 20, 2018

    Very best wishes toGilbert!

  • Catherine Boobbyer

    Catherine Boobbyer

    Jul 19, 2018

    Hope this helps. Great picture.Work hard Gilbert. Look forward to sampling your cooking at some point!


  • Hector McDonnell

    Hector McDonnell

    May 1, 2018

    Glad to help this young man. I wish him every success


  • Hilary Belden

    Hilary Belden

    Apr 30, 2018

    Best of luck and happiness to Gilbert in his next steps - and let me know (through the Boobbyers) if he ever needs an international placement - I have friends who might help.

  • Becky Rose

    Becky Rose

    Apr 30, 2018

    Hi Gilbert, not sure if you remember me but I came out to Tiger Kloof five years ago and stayed with Mark and Cathy. I’m over the moon for you that you have gotten into this school, congratulations!!!


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Rachel Forster

Rachel Forster

Brussels, Belgium

A woman on a mission! Passionate advocate for the rights of those who, through no fault of their own, are left without a voice and with insufficient opportunities to do well in this world. Grateful for the privilege and education I have been given and ready for change!

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