As CEO of Richmark Holdings, Gavin Varejes is well known and highly respected South African businessman. Gavin believes that sport and music unite people, while politics and religion divide people. As a passionate sports lover himself, Gavin Varejes has used his influence, experience and success to provide a positive impact through his philanthropic pursuits. As one of the original founders of the South African Rugby Legends Association, Gavin has been involved in coordinating and promoting countless rugby matches in an effort to raise money for numerous charities.
One such charity is the John Smit Foundation, which many would know as “Barneys Army”. The John Smit Foundation is a charity Gavin Varejes established in partnership with former World Cup winning Springbok Captain John Smit. John Smit, a legend in world rugby and one of the greatest captains the game has produced, remains a popular figure in South Africa and rugby circles around the world.
The John Smit Foundation raises funds for three charities in particular. The first charity is the Chris Burger Petro Jackson fund, a charity that raises money and promotes awareness for children and sportsmen who have suffered life changing injury as a result of sporting accidents. Both Chris Burger and Petro Jackson died playing school rugby, and their deaths left a long lasting mark on South African rugby.
The second charity the John Smit Foundation contributes to is the Operation BobbiBear charity. Operation BobbiBear was established to raise funding for children who had suffered sexual abuse. The third charity that is the primary focus of the John Smit Foundation is Liv Village, a shelter and home for children establish on a farm in South Africa. Liv Village provides a home for the children in its care, and also education and healthcare.
With support from both Gavin Varejes and John Smit, the John Smit Foundation is certain to inspire others to assist these noble causes.
Gavin Varejes is the CEO of Richmark Holdings LTD and the President of SARLA (South African Rugby Legends association)