27 August, 2014:
The UWC Schools and Colleges mourn the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough. UWC Mahindra College along with Waterford Kamhlaba, the United World College of Southern Africa, and the rest of the UWC movement joins the world in mourning Lord Attenborough who died on Sunday 24 August 2014, aged 90.
Lord Attenborough is remembered as a distinguished actor, producer and Oscar-winning director but above all, we will remember him as a loyal and generous friend of the United World College movement in general and Waterford in particular.
He and his wife, Lady Attenborough were closely connected with UWC Waterford Kamhlaba, the UWC of Southern Africa, and they visited the school on several occasions.
Lord Attenborough strongly opposed apartheid and supported Waterford, where young people of all races studied and lived together. In April 1988, he invited the IB (International Baccalaureate) to the premiere of Cry Freedom. The following day, he hosted a private viewing of the film for the rest of the school. His 1982 film about the life of Mohandas Gandhi and the struggle for the Independence of India won eight Academy Awards, including best director and best picture.
He funded scholarships for many students, but being the humble, unassuming man that he was, he never sought publicity for his generosity and insisted that the students should not make a fuss about his financial support.
Lord Attenborough was a patron of the arts at Waterford. He generously funded the construction of the Sheila and Richard Attenborough Fine Arts Centre. Together with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, he built a Drama and Music facility, the Jane Holland Centre for Creative Learning, in memory of his daughter, his granddaughter Lucy and Jane’s mother-in-law Audrey-Jane, who died in the Asian tsunami on 26 December 2004.
The United World Colleges have immensely benefited from Lord Attenborough’s friendship, his inspiring example of compassion and concern for others, and the artistic legacy he has left at Waterford Kamhlaba and for all of us through his remarkable films.
Waterford has invited visitors to their Facebook page to leave messages of support for the family on the school’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/waterford.kamhlaba
We deeply thank him for being our patron.
UWC Mahindra College
Content of this message has been adapted from a statement by UWC Waterford Kamhlaba
To read more about Lord Attenborough’s life and work, please visit the BBC Website
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