Ruzawi School

R.O.P.A. Chairman's Report

Tuesday 3rdFebruary 1928 – Saturday 3rdFebruary 2018

Congratulations to Ruzawi on reaching 90 years. What a fantastic achievement for an amazing, small preparatory school situated outside Marondera. Founded by Messer’s Grinham and Carver and, to this day, a most exceptional school versed in the values and traditions started all those years ago. 

R.O.P.A. is very proud to have been able to contribute to Ruzawi’s 90thyear.  We pooled all our efforts and resources into making this year vibrant and fun.  A Valentine’s “friend raiser” was held in Harare for 180 guests. Friends of Ruzawi, Old Pupils and current parents of Ruzawi celebrated Ruzawi’s 90thbirthday and launched our fund-raising initiative for the new Winchester Pavilion.

This was followed by our annual Bruce Dorward Memorial Golf Day held at Royal Harare, supported by 132 players and won again by The Macmillan four-ball.  A fine day of camaraderie finished off at prize giving with Mr Mike Henderson (Old Boy G-1939) handing out the prizes and recalling a few memories of his time at Ruzawi all those years ago.  Some things have changed - many haven’t.  Huge appreciation, once again, to our most loyal sponsors; the Nyaradzo Group, Curverid Tobacco, Marillier Properties, Surrey Group, HRIB, Husqavarna, The Hide and Trek Petroleum.  Our Association is extremely grateful for your continued generosity. 

We hosted our 7thDurban July, at magical Raintree and wish to acknowledge Multi-Pay, ZOL and HRIB for their incredible race sponsorship in recognition of our 90th. Over and above the three races, South African Illusionist and Magician, Larry Soffer, provided mesmerizing entertainment. We pay tribute to our loyal guests and Friends of Ruzawi for their support of this function. We especially thank R.O.B.W.A. – there’s no doubt that without our wives this extremely successful event wouldn’t take place.  A fine day for R.O.P.A. and Ruzawi!

The year ended with the opening of the Winchester Pavilion on Saturday 27thOctober during the cricket and tennis quadrangular.  This building has been achieved through intensive activity from the committee in coordinating ‘brick’ sales to past pupils, F.o.R, parents and current pupils of Ruzawi. The donations and sales of personalized bricks have enabled us to complete the first phase of the Winchester Pavilion, which we are very proud to have officially opened.

The past few years have been specifically dedicated to achieving this goal. However it really has been the result of more than 10 years of hard work and endeavor by this special committee of Old Boys.  From the leadership of Simon and Sarah Philp ten years ago, followed by Messer’s Rambo, Grant, Preston, Gau and to the present, the committee have organized annual golf days, hosted 7 Durban Julys, had social functions and annual Old Pupils’ Days.  They are the most dedicated and proud old boys who want nothing more than to uplift and contribute to their old school. There has been one committee member who has driven this campaign with quiet and unrelenting determination during my tenure and I wish to thank Angus Preston for his invaluable contribution.

In my final term as Chairman, I would like to thank them all and their wives for their dedication to this unique Association and look forward to the continuation of such events in the future.

In closing, I can assure Ruzawi Old Pupils around the globe, that Ruzawi is alive and well in its 90thyear. It is the most special school and so very well guided by Mr Davis and his wonderful team of dedicated staff. R.O.P.A. extends its thanks to you all and we look forward to contributing to our 100thin 2028.

Kelly Bennett
Chairman

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