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Despite growing up in apartheid South Africa, Russell Adams, (1987G), a talented cricketer, was fortunate to have access to a Bishops education and sport environment. This enabled him to overcome various obstacles and build a stellar career in sports management and cricket administration leadership.

At the Class of ’87’s 30 year reunion, Russell stood up and told his story.  His journey began at Heathfield Primary School; a difficult environment to follow his passion – cricket, a then white dominated sport.   With support from several families, Russell and his brother were afforded a Bishops education.

Despite his success, Russell has never forgotten his roots and continues to support Heathfield Primary School wherever he can.

“Schools like Bishops are few and far between in South Africa and as ODs, we know the tremendous benefits a Bishops education affords us.” says Russell

Russell’s motivational story started an important conversation amongst his peer group and thus, The Russell Adams Scholarship was born.  What better way to pay it forward than to enable other talented boys from Heathfield Primary School a life changing education.  In support of the Hamilton Mvelase Bursary Fund, the Class of ’87 hope to leave an incredible legacy.  Their aim is to raise R7 million which will afford a child from Heathfield Primary School, a full Bishops Scholarship in perpetuity.


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