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Weʼre raising £5,500 to enable Sam's brother Gilbert to complete the second year of chef school in Cape Town.

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 Forster2 months ago
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    2 months ago
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  • Rachel Forster9 months ago
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    9 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 Forster1 year ago
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    1 year 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: 3/18/2019 15.44

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43

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 18, 2019

  • Jeneric McCoy

    Jeneric McCoy

    Mar 7, 2019

    Keep up the good work Gilbert! We are looking forward to tasting one of your delicious 😋 meals one day!!

    £500.00

  • Mahsa

    Mahsa

    Mar 5, 2019

    Best of luck in your studies 👨‍🍳

    £100.00

  • Mark Meynell

    Mark Meynell

    Feb 19, 2019

    Good luck for the placement and second year!!

    £100.00

  • Mircea Botezan

    Mircea Botezan

    Jan 22, 2019

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 17, 2019

    £100.00

  • Jo Goodson

    Jo Goodson

    Jul 20, 2018

    £100.00

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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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