UKZN Students and Staff Rally to Help Children’s Home
The Bedford Hall Residence on the Edgewood campus recently hosted its annual community empowerment outreach programme at St Theresa’s Children’s Home in Sydenham, Durban.
This programme was headed by Residence Life Assistant Mr Nkosinathi Nxumalo and House Committee members with the aim being to give to the less fortunate in the greater Durban area.
Students and staff were challenged to donate foodstuff, clothes or toiletries to the care drive.
Residence Life Officer, Mr Julian King, addressed the gathering, giving background on why programmes of this nature were so close to his heart. ‘I am a product of a children’s home having spent the first four years of my life at one before being adopted by a caring family when I was five.’ King mentioned some of the challenges he faced while growing up, going on to highlight the successes and milestones he had achieved during the past 22 years, including being employed by UKZN.
The home, which cares for about 80 boys, is financed by donations, sponsors in the community and a Government subsidy. The Principal, Mrs Debbie Brown, said the home faced constant challenges, including being on a never-ending search for alternative funding from local businesses and organisations in the greater Durban area.
UKZN students organised various games and sports events and the day ended with a braai for the children and staff and the handover of the donations on behalf of UKZN staff and students.
King thanked all UKZN students for their continued support.