UKZN students stand at robots ‘begging’ for rowing trip funding

2013-08-30 00:00

TIMES are hard. Even university students are not ashamed to stand at robots “begging”.

Yesterday, students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus were spread out at several intersections with placards begging for money. And no, it wasn’t for food or shelter (not yet homeless) or for a raucous end-of-the-year campus party.

They are part of the UKZN rowing team that is travelling to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape next week to compete in a regatta against top schools. The “begging” was part of their fundraising efforts for the trip.

Rhyss McColl, a member of the rowing team, said, “this is part of our annual fund-raising event”. They also have cake sales.

A total of 36 rowers, plus the coach and support staff, are to drive from Pietermaritzburg to the Eastern Cape for the tournament next week.

McColl said they needed the money to pay for part of their expenses for the trip. “We have two girl teams and three boy teams that will be travelling, and some of the students cannot afford to pay their way.

“Although the university pays some money, we also need to raise money to pay for petrol, and also pay for the [team] jackets.”

He said on previous occasions, they had raised around R4 000, but was not sure how much they had made yesterday through their fundraising efforts.

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