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Russell Martin Education Fund

Russell Martin Education Fund

Personal message

On 30 April, 2017 we lost a dear friend in Russell Martin. He was young, too young. Russell leaves behind saddened friends and family, who never got an opportunity to say good-bye to this loveable character. More importantly, his beloved wife Ilze and his precious young boys, Oliver and Conner, have been robbed of a devoted husband and father.

As his 2007 MBA classmates from the University of Cape Town's GSB, we remember Russell fondly for the profound impact his open, caring personality and endless supply of humour had during our year of study together and in the decade since. Russell's warm heart was always worn on his sleeve inside our lecture halls and, in his more natural habitat, the student bar The Brig.

We would like to set up and advise on an education fund in Russell's honour, and appeal to GSB Alumni and everyone who knew the big man to support us. We have a modest investment target in mind, yet the target amount should, by investing it at Allan Gray over a period of ~15 years, grow to a substantial contribution to enable young Oliver and Conner to pursue their tertiary education dreams, whatever they may be, when the time comes. As Russell so famously quoted in the early days of our year of study: 'Sharing is caring!

Russell, you are sorely missed. The world has lost a true gentleman and a unique MBA grad.

Your MBA class of 2007

Donations

  • Aug 01, 2018 - R 2 500.00
  • "Russell, you were a legend and will be greatly missed." - Eden

  • Jan 16, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "Russell was a genuine light and I will always remember his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. My thoughts are with Ilze and the kids and my heart is broken for them. I will always remember Russell." - allison

  • Jan 16, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "Russell was a genuine light and I will always remember his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. My thoughts are with Ilze and the kids and my heart is broken for them. I will always remember Russell." - allison

  • Dec 15, 2017 - R 2 692.10
  • "Always loved and never forgotten." - R,G,M,M

  • Jul 13, 2017 - R 10 282.00
  • "Russell was a valued member of the PRSA family, he will be remebered for his positive spirit and infectious smile. We hope that this contribution will help Oliver & Conner to realise their dreams." - Pernod Ricard South Africa

  • Jun 20, 2017 - R 2 500.00
  • "Russ always had an infectious smile on his face and a great laugh! We will miss his massive bear hugs that he gave us every time we saw him. But his great spirit will always live on in the boys. " - Todd & Alex

  • Jun 20, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "A wonderful initiative in memory of a truly wonderful and very special person. " - Kim Petzel (Lubbe)

  • Jun 05, 2017 - R 103.00
  • "Russell was a genuine light and I will always remember his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. My thoughts are with Ilze and the kids and my heart is broken for them. I will always remember Russell." - allison

  • Jun 05, 2017 - R 103.00
  • "Russell was a genuine light and I will always remember his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. My thoughts are with Ilze and the kids and my heart is broken for them. I will always remember Russell." - allison

  • Jun 05, 2017 - R 103.00
  • "Russell was a genuine light and I will always remember his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. My thoughts are with Ilze and the kids and my heart is broken for them. I will always remember Russell." - allison

  • Jun 05, 2017 - R 103.00
  • "Russell was a genuine light and I will always remember his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. My thoughts are with Ilze and the kids and my heart is broken for them. I will always remember Russell." - allison

  • May 29, 2017 - R 2 010.00
  • "On the wings of love we send you off dear friend. 'Till we meet again" - Robin and Lira

  • May 27, 2017 - R 1 731.82
  • "My beautiful boy" - Mama

  • May 25, 2017 - R 510.00
  • "Dear Russ, what a pleasure and prilvelage it was to work with you and call you friend. Miss you dearly and thinking so much of Ilze and your two beautiful boys whom you loved with such gusto" - Bridget Dore

  • May 25, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Keep Smiling Rus!" - Alice M

  • May 23, 2017 - R 1 542.30
  • "Oliver and Connor, we hope that this fund will allow to build your friendships through education like so many of us did with your Dad. " - Jude's and Rich Lain

  • May 19, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "Dear Russ ... we are privileged to have know you my friend and I have no doubt that your legacy will live on through your boys!" - Charl and Dominique

  • May 19, 2017 - USD $ 117.66
  • "Russell, I've no doubt your boys will know what a decent and well-loved man you were. I'm glad to have known you all those years ago." - Warwick P.

  • May 17, 2017 - R 3 026.53
  • "Ilze & boys, my heart and prayers are with you" - Patrick

  • May 17, 2017 - R 719.74
  • "Russ, I'll miss you my friend. I know that your personality, spirit and character will live on in Oliver and Conor. And for that, the world is a better place. " - Garth

  • May 16, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Gone too soon. Rest in peace. Etienne, Lex, Hannah and Michael." - Minnie family

  • May 15, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "We miss your laughter every day. May Conor and Oliver continue your legacy of making this world a little more fun to live in." - Etienne

  • May 15, 2017 - R 3 500.00
  • "Russell, you played a huge role in many of the lives of the people here at NATIVE VML and we cherish and remember your kind, gentle and generous manner in all of our interactions. God bless you and yo" - NATIVE VML

  • May 15, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "There are no words or actions that can ever replace you. Oliver and Connor, we can only pour our hearts out in love and adoration for your father. We'll all miss him terribly." - Dave and Amanda

  • May 13, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "I met Russel at the beginning of April shortly after I started at Pernod. Truely and authentic guy. Thanks for making me feel welcome at Pernod Russel. " - Candice Sinclair

  • May 11, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Dear Ilze, Oliver and Connor. You are forever in our thoughts. Sending love and strength xx" - Sacha, Craig, Rowan and Mikayla

  • May 11, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Rus last week I realised how deep you had reached into my heart - goodbye my friend" - Anonomous

  • May 11, 2017 - R 20 564.00
  • "Unforgettable Russ. " - Anonymous

  • May 10, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "A shining light when out when you left us Russ. You were one of the kindest, funniest, most charming people. I will remember always with great fondness all the great times we spent around the world -i" - Carolyn Esser

  • May 10, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Beautiful initiative for Russell's boys." - Anon

  • May 10, 2017 - R 5 141.00
  • "We are deeply saddened at Hellocomputer over the loss of our friend and partner, Russell. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ilze and the Martin family over this incredibly difficult time. " - Hellocomputer

  • May 10, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "Dearest Russell, we sat next to each other for the whole MBA year and your fabulous humour helped keep me sane. You have such a special family and you will be missed endlessly. Much love." - Mandy, Chris & Wilby Ford

  • May 10, 2017 - USD $ 386.58
  • "One of the most kind and warm hearted friends taken too soon" - Felix

  • May 10, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Russell, you will be missed by all of us. xx" - Anon

  • May 10, 2017 - USD $ 52.60
  • "My Boy Russ! I hope your kids grow up learning all the great stories of their father!" - Nick Mu?ik

  • May 09, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "Russell, your easy laugh, sense of humour and kindness set you apart, you are already sorely missed. Ilze, Oliver & Conner, lots of love and hugs. " - Theo, Coralie & Elisa

  • May 09, 2017 - R 1 542.30
  • "Russell, wish we got to have that pastis in Paris and finally introduce our boys to each other... Your big, inspiring heart is sorely missed, my man. " - Nic, Amanda & Sam

  • May 09, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "With a daddy like you and a mommy like Ilze your boys surely have nothing but greatness lying before them. May this take them that little bit closer." - Melanie Campbell

  • May 09, 2017 - USD $ 541.14
  • "We are so glad we had an opportunity to meet your family" - Chris Pedersen and Terry Buoniconti

  • May 09, 2017 - R 210.00
  • "May all contributions lead to you having the opportunity to follow your dads incredible footsteps and like him create your own legacy of living life with boundless kindness " - T

  • May 09, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "May Russel's bright spirit and great personality prosper in his two kids! " - Patrick (Nemo) & Florence

  • May 09, 2017 - R 15 423.00
  • "Miss you my friend. You will live on in all of our hearts. Connor and Oliver your dad was the best of us all." - anonymous

  • May 09, 2017 - R 229.94
  • "I never met Russell, but his brother Ryan is my former classmate from Pretoria Boys High. From all the support I see, Russell must've been a tremendous guy a is sorely missed. " - Michael Talian

  • May 09, 2017 - R 10 010.00
  • "This world has lost and incredible human, gentleman in every respect, all our love Ilze, Oliver & Connor, Miss you brother RIP" - JWT Cape Town

  • May 08, 2017 - USD $ 78.40
  • "This man rocked! He will dearly missed." - Luis Freitas

  • May 08, 2017 - USD $ 120.00
  • "All my love to Ilze, Oliver and Connor. " - Jacob

  • May 08, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "Connor & Oliver: Your Dad was a legend and we know you'll make him proud and honour his legacy. " - The Norman-Smith's

  • May 08, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "My sincere condolences to Ilze and her boys! Russell was an amazing person. May his boys learn every day about what special guy they had as a father. " - Chereen Kolpakova

  • May 08, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "For Connor, Oliver, Russell and Ilze, who will always be in our hearts" - Amy & Jamie van Schoor

  • May 08, 2017 - R 2 010.00
  • "Such a wonderful idea. Miss you big guy." - Steve & Cands

  • May 07, 2017 - USD $ 117.61
  • "Sending love to the whole family x" - Dylan

  • May 07, 2017 - USD $ 15.69
  • "God bless you all. So sorry. " - Rob Otto

  • May 07, 2017 - R 2 000.00
  • "Darling Russkie...there are no words to express the loss that we all feel, let alone your beautiful family. Your warmth, kindness & zest for life will be sorely missed. Rest well my friend xxx Lol" - Lauren Ratcliffe

  • May 07, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Long live your legacy Russ xxx" - Anonymous

  • May 07, 2017 - USD $ 78.42
  • "We are so saddened by the news of Russell. We are thinking and praying for Ilze and the boys." - Bron and Dave Neumann

  • May 07, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Was a great opportunity to work for Russell,great leader and motivator and all made me laugh!" - Kyle Lord

  • May 06, 2017 - R 758.20
  • "We did not got back in touch since my exchange semester in South Africa.Only good memories anyways.hope this will be a good help for the kids." - Marc

  • May 06, 2017 - R 2 570.50
  • "May his boys have every opportunity their father would have hoped for. Sincere condolenses the whole family. You'll be missed, Russel" - Steven & Megan Longman

  • May 06, 2017 - USD $ 39.18
  • "Your family are in my prayers xx" - Kirsty

  • May 06, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "A boundless and intelligent man who left us all too soon. Sooner or later we will all join you for a convivial drink on the other side my friend!" - Dino

  • May 06, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "with love & light xxx" - Caryn

  • May 06, 2017 - USD $ 231.09
  • "see you on the other side, bro. and until then we keep running having you with us in our hearts. " - rob

  • May 06, 2017 - USD $ 34.11
  • "Dear Ilze. I was shocked and saddened by the news of the loss of Russell. You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers." - Vanessa Parkin

  • May 06, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "In loving memory of Russ " - Johan & Ang

  • May 06, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Every parent's nightmare, to lose a child....strength & love to the family left behind." - Anonymous

  • May 06, 2017 - R 1 542.30
  • "Dearest Ilze, Oliver and Connor. Sending you positive light and eternal love, always. Xxx" - Nadja

  • May 06, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "I only knew Ilze (through work/agency) but felt the pain she is going through. I pray that they will find healing. God Bless x" - Tania K

  • May 05, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Oliver and Conner. Your Dad's legendariness will live on in you guys and your Mom is incredibly strong... You'll be ok. Form the kind of friendships that they did!" - Keet & Melissa

  • May 05, 2017 - USD $ 67.36
  • "A little to help towards hopes and dreams " - Meadowcroft family

  • May 05, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "What a terrible loss. May this contribution help the boys in the future . .. . . ." - The Price Family

  • May 05, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "What a lovely initiative. RIP Russel" - Matthew Adendorff

  • May 05, 2017 - R 1 796.27
  • "May you boys continue your Dad's legacy of being amazing human beings who can achieve anything you set your heart to." - Roslyn

  • May 05, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Love you, Russ" - Adriaan

  • May 05, 2017 - R 100.00
  • "I met what I think is the most humble person at Pernod Ricard, who is going to tell me my photography is amaing, who will ask how are my runnning races going, who will advise me on trail runnig..." - Prudence Mdaka

  • May 05, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "I've only met Russell a handful of times, but each meeting was fun and full of laughs. " - Pam Lourenco

  • May 05, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "You made an indelible impression on me with your humble, considerate and considered approach, an anomaly in the brash, loud and pronounced world of marketing. Miss you and God bless your family. " - Wagner Family

  • May 05, 2017 - USD $ 77.08
  • "Russell I only met you a few times but they were enough to make an impression. You and Ilze were a special team. I hope this helps your boys in some way. Vale" - Anton Visser

  • May 05, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Goodbye my dear friend. Your kindness and loving nature will be missed but never forgotten. " - Darrin

  • May 05, 2017 - USD $ 199.88
  • "Russell, you Sir were amazing and this world is a worse place for not having you in it, and it was always a pleasure to be in your and Ilze's company. I hope this little bit can help your kids mate." - Jacek

  • May 05, 2017 - R 504.00
  • "Every time I met Russ it was like we had been mates forever.Kids should never experience life without there dad and I trust they will be able to carry on his legacy for many years to come." - David Chait

  • May 05, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "A great loss of such an awesome soul. A true gentleman. Love and strength to the Martin family." - Kelvin

  • May 05, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Although I can't make the memorial service, I hope this gift will have a far larger impact on Ilze and the boys than my presence today. SO much love to Ilze and sons." - Candice

  • May 05, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Russell was a genuine light and I will always remember his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. My thoughts are with Ilze and the kids and my heart is broken for them. I will always remember Russell." - allison

  • May 05, 2017 - R 1 010.00
  • "Oliver and Connor I know you will shine as bright as your father looking over you!" - Chicken

  • May 05, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "We were all shocked by the news of Russell's passing. He was an extraordinary man who was genuinely friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and willing to assist. We will miss him greatly." - Vizeum

  • May 05, 2017 - R 2 000.00
  • "Love and miss you my friend. So very sad to have lost you ..." - Anonymous

  • May 05, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to make a contribution and support this amazing family. Our thoughts are with you all" - Bellomos

  • May 05, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "Boys, I'm sure you'll make your mom and dad really proud! " - Margaret and Franco

  • May 05, 2017 - R 500.00
  • "Russ, we'll see you in the next life. " - Anonymous

  • May 05, 2017 - USD $ 15.41
  • "Wishing you all the best for the future boys, your dad will be proud!" - Vicky Watters

  • May 04, 2017 - R 2 000.00
  • "Dear Oliver and Connor, how that one day this can help to take you through university. You had a great dad that was loved by many. " - Joe

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 172 706.00

Fundraising target

R 150 000.00
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In Loving Memory of Russell

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On 30 April, 2017 we lost a dear friend in Russell Martin. We would like to set up an education fund in Russell's honour, and appeal to everyone who knew the big man to support us.