07 August 2015 Volume :3 Issue :36

Student Helps Raise Funds for the Homeless

Student Helps Raise Funds for the Homeless
Ms Estrada Naidoo with students who participated in the soccer tournament.

Ms Estrada Naidoo, a second year Bachelor of Social Science student on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus, organised a charity soccer event on the Peter Booysen’s Sports Ground to raise funds for the homeless.

Naidoo says her inspiration came from an awareness that her fellow students were always keen to participate in group activities. Seeing an opportunity to bring students together, and at the same time help those in need, she set up a seven-a-side soccer tournament in which four teams participated.

Money raised from team and spectator entrance fees as well as from the sale of refreshments. was handed over to non-profit organisation Gift of the Givers, who will use it to buy blankets for the homeless as part  of their Winter Warmth initiative.

‘I take a lot of the things I have for granted as most of us do, and it really hurts me to see people sitting on the side of the road in the cold. If you cannot help them with anything else, why not a blanket?’ said Naidoo.

Naidoo also used the event to host a clothes drive in which she encouraged UKZN students to drop clothes off in aid of the SOS Children’s villages, which caters for orphaned and abandoned children.

Regardless of the cold and rainy weather and the added gloom of load-shedding, students came out to support the event and contribute to the clothes drive. Naidoo raised R1 567 from the event, and accumulated 18 bin bags of clothes for the clothes drive.

‘This day was quite successful. I am happy as we collected a great deal of clothes and quite a lot of money,’ said Naidoo

‘I think it is amazing for a young person like Estrada, to take on this kind of initiative for the children, and collect such a fabulous amount of clothes’ said an elated Ms Rashilla Francis of the SOS Children’s villages.

Echoing her sentiments, Ms Tracy Atkins from the Gift of the Givers said: ‘It is heart warming to see people willing to go the extra mile.

‘We commend, salute and say thank you to Estrada for the good work, and for supporting Gift of the Givers.’

Merusha Naidoo

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