The Princess Vlei Forum lost a very good friend with the passing of Graham Lashbrooke, who died on Midwinter’s Day, 21st June 2020, at the age of 80.
From the founding of Princess Vlei Forum in 2012, Graham and his wife Mea were enthusiastic supporters of the campaign to save Princess Vlei from the destructive development of a shopping mall. Mea served on the management committee for several years, and Graham was always a willing participant in all events held by the Forum, including planting, picketing and parades. Graham also assisted as election officer in various Annual General Meetings.
Beyond his contribution to the environment, Graham was a passionate educator and understood that education provides the route forward. His field was information technology. For more than four decades, his training school transformed the lives of young people by enabling their careers in the IT industry.
Graham’s natural skill at bringing people together, coupled with his passion for education, led him to his role as founding member in 2004 of what today are two vibrant centres for education: LEAP Maths and Science Schools http://leapschool.org.za/and TSIBA Business School https://www.tsiba.ac.za/ . To enable access to education and skills for students who could not afford the conventional route drove Graham until the end of his life.
We salute Graham for his dedication to improving the lives of others, and for helping to defend our natural world from destruction.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Mea and family in this sad time.
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