This fund was set up in 2010 by Caitlin’s mother, and Gumboots UK trustee, Margz Green in memory of her beloved daughter Caitlin who died at age 27 after a long and brave struggle with a cruel and debilitating disease. She was a bright, intelligent and well read young woman who made the most of her study opportunities and gained a first class degree in English at Sheffield University.
Born and raised in South Africa, Margz wanted something positive to come out of her tragic and painful loss. With Caitlin’s modest estate she established a fund to support the education of disadvantaged young women in South Africa.
Gumboots UK and our sister organization Gumboots SA are increasingly seeing that the educational support of children is one of the most effective ways of improving their life chances. For this reason we were delighted to adopt the Caitlin Fund under our umbrella. Caitlin’s family and friends have also contributed generously to the fund and has now supported a number of girls and young women through their education and into the world of work.
There is sufficient in the Fund to consider taking on any suitable girls and young women who might benefit from support. For instance the Fund has recently made a commitment to help with the education of two young orphaned Zimbabwean refugee girls who have been given leave to remain in South Africa. If sufficient funds can be secured we hope to help them progress beyond matriculation into further education.