Last preparation ahead of VC’s Mount Fuji climb

2015-08-05 06:00
Biokineticist, Mteteleli Biko, and sports scientist Jarred Salzwedel, both students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, are busy doing a fitness test on Prof. Derrick Swartz, Vice-chancellor of the NMMU.  Swartz is getting fit and ready to

Biokineticist, Mteteleli Biko, and sports scientist Jarred Salzwedel, both students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, are busy doing a fitness test on Prof. Derrick Swartz, Vice-chancellor of the NMMU. Swartz is getting fit and ready to

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NMMU’s Prof Derrick Swartz is leaving soon to start his journey to climb Mount Fuji in aid of bursaries for financially needy, yet academically deserving students, but first the Vice-chancellor did some last-minute preparation with students and staff.

A fun rowing event was organised with the assistance of the NMMU Rowing Club, in the South Campus Fitness andamp; Aquatics Centre. The event drew the attention of about 200 students who cheered the participants on.

Students had the opportunity to interact with their Vice-Chancellor and asked him a number of questions about his up-coming climb. The #climb4nmmu campaign is particularly focused on the needs of students in the Eastern Cape, recognised as South Africa’s poorest province.

All funds will go to the University’s Bursary Legacy Campaign run by the NMMU Trust.

At a breakfast with university student societies, more than R 300 was raised towards the campaign – just by students sending around a cup and asking for a small contribution.

The University was hoping to raise at least R 500 000 to support further students for the duration of their degrees or diplomas; and has already passed the R 750 000 mark.

Prof Swartz leaves for Japan on Sunday and will start his climb on August 7

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