31 Mar '12, 10pm

A do-gooder to his bones

Opposition to Apartheid in the late '60s and '70s was something that "almost every student felt very passionate about". And Sir Tom Shebbeare was no exception. On learning that Black activists were being imprisoned at South Africa's Robben Island, Sir Tom and his friends, all undergraduates at the University of Exeter, sought ways to help. They learnt that the South African government was "quite keen" to get these activists out of the country. "If we raised money to enable them to come to Britain as students, they could get out of prison." They succeeded in sponsoring two activists. "It was a most wonderful, rewarding experience, kind of life-changing," recalls Sir Tom, now 60. And change his life, it did. The experience set him on the path of "do-gooding", to borrow Sir Tom's words. Over the last four decades, he has had a prolific career in the non-profit sector, spendin...

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