UKZN SRC Launches I-CARE-UKZN Campaign to Help Students in Need
Student leadership in conjunction with Student Services and the UKZN Foundation has launched the i care UKZN initiative to assist academically deserving students who have no funds to continue their studies.
SRC President, Mr Senzo Ngidi, said it was always sad when students from disadvantaged backgrounds were unable to gain access to Higher Education because of funding problems.
Ngidi said he was happy to finally launch the I-CARE-UKZN initiative and thanked those who had already contributed to the fund.
The I-CARE-UKZN campaign aims to raise funds to assist academically excellent students who do not have funding to continue with their studies.
With the support of University management, the SRC will drive the campaign and make appeals to staff, students, corporates, individuals and all stakeholders to support this very worthy cause.
‘It is heartening to see this level of passion and philanthropy in young people. They are our future leaders and we urge you all to consider this as an investment in your future,’ said Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, UKZN’s Executive Director of Student Services in his message of support.
Relaying his message of support, UKZN Vice-Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, congratulated the student leadership on the commencement of the fund.
‘I would like to commend all of you on this ground-breaking initiative that is designed to empower financially needy students through the direct support of not only their fellow students but also the wider University community.
‘Potential donors now have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of these young students and I thank them in advance for their generosity. The University is immensely grateful for your support and investment in the future of the country,’ said Van Jaarsveld.
An amount of R12 000 was donated to launch the fund by the student and university leadership.
Van Jaarsveld urged staff, students and alumni to donate towards the fund. ‘Our supporters, students, staff and alumni all have a part to play. By working together in pursuit of our shared passions we can surely make a real difference for future generations.’
Anyone interested in donating to the campaign or looking for more information should visit the UKZN website clicking on http://www.ukzn.ac.za/icare and click on “I-CARE-UKZN”.