Wednesday 16 November 2022: At the end of October, former Headmaster, Jan de Waal, and Old Boy Karl Westvig (Matric 1988) launched the Legacy Fund as a collaborative effort by a number of business-savvy Old Boys designed to assist the Wynberg Boys’ Schools with financial support for deserving students and in funding larger capital projects.
While there is nothing new about Old Boys giving generously to support their alma mater, as was seen recently with their support for the construction of the Engineering and Design Faculty at WBHS, the Legacy Fund is about committing today to ensure our Schools can provide even greater opportunities for Wynberg boys of tomorrow, and the generations to come.
This legacy project, structured as an Old Boys’ endowment fund within the Supera Moras Trust, is based on entrenching an Old Boys’ culture of giving back and paying forward where donors and benefactors can ensure that School-approved scholarships and building projects will receive funding in the short, medium, and long term.
While WBHS & WBJS are legally fee-paying schools, annual fees of over R58 000 and R44 000 respectively combined with a tough economic climate, are substantial sums increasingly beyond the means for many families seeking to give their sons the experience of becoming Wynberg men.
All too often plans for new facilities and essential upgrades to existing infrastructure are shelved as immediate funding is simply out of budgetary reach – examples being the 20-year-old dream to upgrade and extend the Bill Bowden Pavilion to make it fit for purpose for both WBHS and the needs of the Old Boys’ Union, and the construction of an indoor sports centre; add the need to expand and modernise the Music Centre, and complete Phase 4 of the Engineering and Design Faculty. All are projects central to the ongoing successes of our Schools across the four pillars of Wynberg.
One of the projects mooted at the launch that immediately attracted Old Boys was the almost fabled 2nd-floor addition to the Bill Bowden Pavilion, home of Wynberg Old Boys, with funding for it already coming in at a steady pace, meaning it will finally become a reality after all these years. Jan de Waal comments:
It’s hugely exciting that the Bill Bowden is eventually to realise its potential. I am certain that once the concept becomes reality, it will be an even grander point of pride for us all.
Should a particular cause or project strike a chord and you’d like to contribute, your donation will be used exclusively for your chosen project. The fund is managed by Barry Jessop under the umbrella of the Supera Moras Trust, a registered PBO, meaning you can claim a Section 18a certificate for your donation.
Those who’d like more information, or to be directly involved, are welcome to email Jan de Waal email@example.com