Cell C's 2016 CEO Awards were a glamorous and entertaining affair, which revolved around the company's clients, distributors, dealers and staff. The CEO of Cell C, Jose dos Santos, was front and centre to present awards to staff for who had displayed exceptional performances and raised standards during the year.
This year the Ambassador of the Year award was won by Richmark Holdings Executive Chairman, Gavin Varejes. He won the award in recognition of his contributions and continued loyalty to Cell C and Mr Dos Santos.
Even throughout these tough economic times, Richmark Holdings is accomplishing its stated goal in supporting the economy in South Africa through job creation and by funding exciting new ventures. As a leading angel investor in South Africa, Richmark has helped talented entrepreneurs build their innovative ideas into viable companies.
Dubbed the grandfather of ocean paddle races, the 19th annual Molokai Challenge is taking place this year (2013) on May the 19th in Hawaii. 50 year old Oscar Chalupsky from Durban in South Africa has registered for the event for the 19th time since he first paddled the grueling distance in the early eighties when he was twenty years old. Chalupsky has won the illustrious ski surf title 13 out of the 18 times he has already taken part in the challenge and is set on making it his 19th conquest this year. Despite his age being comparatively higher than the majority of competitors in the international ski surfing race, Oscar Chalupsky more than makes up for it in physical fitness, experience and absolute resolve.
Joint Aid Management is a South African based charity with a continent wide reach. This Christian humanitarian fund is a development organisation with over 25 years of charitable work and development. Beginning in 1984, JAM founder Peter Pretorius established the organisation after a particularly harrowing experience in Mozambique. Stranded without food supplies for 10 days at a food centre in Pambarra, Peter bore witness to the suffering of 34,000 people. With more than 30 people per day dying of hunger, Peter was moved to help as many people as possible. 25 years later, JAM helps hundreds of thousands of people every single day across the continent of Africa.
Active in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe, JAM’s programs focus on highly nutritional feeding, school feeding and assistance to those in need. Water and sanitation are also central to the services provided, along with various HIV programs. JAM also provides community training in agriculture and small business, enabling those it helps to become self sufficient
It’s with JAM that Gavin Varejes has partnered. As the founder of the South African Rugby Legends Association, Gavin Varejes is a well-known South African philanthropist who has used his passion for sport as an outlet for his charities. Founded in partnership with John Allen, former Springbok rugby and Sharks hooker, SARLA coordinates and promotes amateur rugby matches with well-known players in an effort to raise money for various charity groups.
In partnership with JAM, SARLA will provide feeding programs at its rugby clinics that it conducts in underprivileged areas. With many children only getting one meal a day, the scheme appealed to Gavin Varejes and SARLA, who will now be working together to bring more than just rugby to the communities they conduct their clinics in.
Gavin Varejes is the CEO of Richmark Holdings LTD and the President of SARLA (South African Rugby Legends association)