Novel bid to feed hungry students

2014-10-20 00:00

A BUNCH of mavericks are out to stop students studying on an empty stomach.

Staff and students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Education have teamed up on a “Food Drive” to provide food and toiletry items to help needy students during the tough final exam period.

“When you’re hungry, you can’t put in the extra hours required to study effectively,” said Sithabile Ntombela, the school’s academic leader in teaching and learning. “This, in turn, affects your results and reduces your chances of moving on to the next year of study.

“Life is about supporting others to get to the finish line. We should do our part to assist those that are struggling to get to the finish line.”

The hampers consist of basic toiletry items and food items such as canned beans, maize meal, pasta and rice.

Phinda Fikeni and Lindani Shezi, co-founders of the student movement That’s Maverick and leaders of the food drive — who added they are also struggling financially — have managed to raise R1 200 from other students at their residence to purchase some of the food items.

“Many of the donors to this food drive were willing to assist because they understand first-hand the plight of these students, having experienced it themselves at some point in their university lives,” said Shezi.

Fikeni said that as part of That’s Maverick “we’re kick-starting the Improve a Life Campaign where we hope to continue with this food drive and thereafter help raise funds for struggling students to register for university next year”.

— Witness Reporter.

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