Honoring Bill Bicknell

Babylon 2

“The first and only time I met Bill in Johannesburg, I was taken aback by his humbleness and in thinking that Bill had assisted me all these years and yet he had not seen me in person. The conversations I had with him showed me that he believed in me. He instilled confidence in me that one day I will be able to achieve my dreams. It’s not often that we are blessed with people like Bill in this world, where they believe and let you be the master of your own destiny, without setting operational parameters. I am in the process of making inroads and establishing myself in my career of choice, with notable success so far, and all this would not have been possible without Bill’s kind and generous assistance.” -Babylon

(1936-2012)

Bill Bicknell was a passionate, driven and articulate man who accomplished many things in his life.  He was a teacher not only in the classroom, but in the school of life.

I will never forget the evening I sat across the table from Bill and told him the story of Babylon, C4C’s oldest child, who was then about to finish his O-levels.  I was wondering what to do next.  It was Bill who encouraged me to “think big” and take the risk to offer university scholarships to our brightest children.

As was Bill’s way, he also put his money where his mouth was and funded the first university scholarship.  Bill and his wife Jane invested in 4 years of education for Babylon.  To say that Bill’s impact was life changing for Babylon is an understatement.

-Arden    

 

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