I was recently working in London and it was simply one of those weeks. Nothing quite fell into place and I was having to change direction, change my thinking and basically work far harder than I expected to in order to get where I wanted to be. There are, however, always others having a harder time than ourselves and I always try never to forget that.
When one of the leading or at the very least better known economists writes openly, as he did this month, that it is, “Time to send all of your money out of South Africa”, then many people will and did sit up and take notice. It is, however, better to know all of the facts and thus always better to have at least a third, fourth or even a full hand of opinions, before you jump to such a total conclusion.
We are delighted to reveal to you, for the first time, the new look of Warwick. This new design will be applied throughout Warwick internationally. It marks a new and exciting chapter in the Warwick story and it is simply our ‘New look for a new Era’.
All four of our children have thoroughly enjoyed, or are still benefiting from, a school whose motto is simply, ‘We shall give back’. At first, I must admit, I found the line a little obvious and cheesy, but I now think that, if nothing else, it has always reminded my wife and I that as parents we should ensure that our children are considerate to other people’s needs and grow up to be adults who will also be kind, as well as generous of spirit and their time, willing always to help anyone less fortunate than themselves.
It is an old and accepted adage that ‘Charity begins at home’, and yet at 55 years old I still have no idea what that means! So, I have simply assumed it to be, ‘Ensure that your own family are safe, housed and fed. After that look to others and do what you can to make their lives better.’ Rotary and Masonic Clubs also say, take care of your home and business and then deliver charity. I assume that this all means the same thing, look after your loved ones, then your own source of security and then use that solid base to then do positive things.
Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and most other religions encourage their followers to do good deeds and there are thousands of examples, from all creeds, of followers putting others before themselves, however, no religion has a monopoly on doing good. Today it’s often hard to ‘differentiate philanthropy from publicity’, then again perhaps it does not matter, as long as the end result is that the less fortunate garner some benefit that they otherwise would never have enjoyed.
I am personally a very lucky man, and regardless of what the future brings, I have always worked diligently and thus enjoyed a ‘fair’ degree of good fortune. I knew very early on in my adult life that I had ‘to give back’. More importantly my upbringing, in an English, working class, Anglican home meant I often saw and experienced both sides of what was needed. Yet these needs were, and still remain, neglected by those who have the means, but not the sense of decency, understanding or desire to assist the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
I have now been in business paying my own way for 25 years. I have lived more of my life in Africa than in Europe and I have seen more natural talent, humility and ability in African scholars than I have in many English private schools.
Warwick, who I am the CEO and Chairman of in Africa, deal with thousands of clients who live, as we would say in Lancashire, a ‘comfortable life’, and I am also delighted that they have always supported the company’s ‘community’ projects.
Spirit Education Foundation, was founded in memory of my sister Louise, during the month of our first free elections, back in April 1994 and over the last 23 years it has educated hundreds of scholars and funded thousands of years of education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Its largest sponsor has always been Warwick. Warwick also support the ‘Big Issue’ in Cape Town, as well as the Spirit Wildlife Fund, established by my wife Jooles Kilbride an animal activist, it is dedicated to saving the lives of young rhinos.
Supported by four Warwick directors, I am the chairman of Lord’s Taverners SA (LTSA), the UK Patron being Prince Philip and the President Sir Michael Parkinson. LTSA offers a ‘Sporting Chance’ to disabled and disadvantaged children in South Africa, it is an amazing organisation.
The ‘Spirit Foundation International’ (SPI), which I am also very proud to chair, supports disadvantaged children in the north west of England via, Everton in the Community (EITC) and the Everton Free School (EFS). It also helps fund ‘Warwick University in Africa’, a scheme that sends Warwick University graduates to teach in township schools in Africa, predominantly South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania.
I would therefore like to take a moment to thank everyone, including the generous staff and clients of Warwick who assist Warwick, Spirit, LTSA, EITC, EFS, Warwick in Africa, the Big Issue and also the ‘Little Optimist’, a charity run by Greg Bertish, an amazing man committed to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
If I am ever asked, ‘So what can I do?’ I answer as I did to my friend Greg, ‘Just go out and do some good’, because that is all we can ever hope to achieve!
The bigger they are the harder they fall! Good advice to any guy picking up a rugby ball for the first time, but until you make that first hard committed tackle you only half believe it. Then that giant tumbles to the ground, like a felled tree and you realise that it didn’t even hurt, well not so much that you would ever tell anyone about it!
Spirit Wildlife Fund
A new and exciting website and I hope you enjoy it !
Our mission is to raise funds and awareness to ensure the safety, security and survival of this keystone species at the world’s largest rhino orphanage, Care for Wild in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.
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Warwick Wealth’s CEO, Ian Kilbride and the General Manager of Asset Management, Adrian Meager took Warwick Private Clients new style Senior Wealth Specialists to lunch to celebrate their elevation to their new positions and its great benefits!
From left to right: Conrad Clifford (Warwick Durban), Adrian Meager (GM Asset Management), Ian Kilbride (CEO), Gareth Milford (Warwick Cape Town) and Natalie Wood (Warwick Johannesburg).
I have known Mike Greeff for many years, in fact I was once his landlord at the Alphen Estate. That was until Greeff outgrew the space that we, Warwick Wealth, had available as we too were expanding and requiring more square meters.
You could therefore say that our two businesses, Greeff Property and Warwick Wealth, grew up together, even sharing facilities and staff, both then and now. The similarities between these two companies, despite being in totally different fields, can be distilled down to three simple factors. Firstly, a clear vision, secondly the energy and drive of everyone involved in the company, from the CEO’s down and thirdly a total commitment to client service and the delivery of what clients require.
I suppose, or I would at least like to venture, that you are probably as bored hearing about Donald Trump, Brexit, the set of European elections and the ‘always’ pending political changes in South Africa, as I am? The overarching question though is when and why did such seemingly huge and important political moves and machinations become so dull and repetitious?