Gavin Varejes Biography
About Gavin Varejes
Gavin Varejes is an accomplished South African businessman, but more than that, he is a family man, a sports enthusiast and a humanitarian. Through a unique combination of business interests and charities that he has founded, he has created a way to not only combine all of his interests, but to succeed in a very big way. He helped found SARLA (South African Rugby Legends Association), he fundraises for multiple charities and he is CEO of Richmark, which acts as a holding company for a group of businesses that he hand picked for their ability to succeed and help strengthen South Africa's economy. A proud father of two, Gavin Varejes and his wife of twenty years make their home in Johannesburg.
Helping the Disadvantaged through the South African Rugby Legends Association
As a true lover of sports, Gavin Varejes appreciates the ability it has of pulling all manner of people together. He has taken advantage of the sporting atmosphere prevalent in South Africa to attract former big sports names to promote the creation of amateur rugby games that can work as a basis for charity events. Ten years after its creation, the organization is continuing to sponsor rugby games in areas of South Africa that are disadvantaged and has become established as a very worthwhile charity.
Philanthropy throughout South Africa
Other than sports activities, Gavin Varejes has used his famous contacts in business to procure charitable sponsorships from such international companies as Tsogo Sun, Hifi Corporation, BMW South Africa and MTN, one of South Africa's major cellular providers. He produces charitable events with sponsorship that raise funds for needy causes such as the Ernie Els Autism Charity, the Joint Aid Management and Kirsty Watt Foundation. They also support Team Red Bowl, which is a program that seeks to fill more than 700,000 red bowls of nutritious food each day throughout Africa.
Personal Goals and Business Successes
While growing up on the beach in Durban, Gavin Varejes was a lifesaver and he played polo. He regularly joined Sunday afternoon competitions while learning water safety and about various types of crafts. Following high school graduation, he was conscripted into the SADF, but he continued with water polo and lifesaving. After his release from the military, he earned a degree in marketing at the University of Durban. His first business experience was with a photographic equipment business in Durban, but when that business failed, he moved to Johannesburg. After getting a little more business experience, he established Richmark Holdings, which specializes in early stage investment. The business focuses on telecommunications and the portfolio of businesses now includes firms in digital advertising, exclusive properties and internet service providers.
After meeting Jo-Ann in a Hyde Park coffee shop more than twenty years ago, the two married an have been wonderfully blessed with two children, Caily and Trent. Their home, as well as his office, is filled with the sports memorabilia that Gavin Varejes is passionate about. His son Trent is following his father's example, as he is a top competitor in go-karting. The entire family enjoy viewing rugby and soccer and Trent participates in snowboarding, quad biking and motor-cross.
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