Cycle to help students

2017-11-22 06:00

The president of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein campus, Asive Dlanjwa, will lead by example in taking part in the Right to Learn Cycle Tour challenge.

The fundraising challenge will see him cycling 1 000 km.

This humanitarian course is set to start in Bloemfontein on Monday (27/11) and finish in Cape Town on 4 December.

Dlanjwa says dire financial straits facing fellow students prompted him to embark on this initiative to cycle 1 000 km over eight days.

The Right to Learn Cycle Tour challenge aims at raising R2 million for registration in 2018.

“When I came to the UFS, all I had was a R50 note and I did not know how I was going to register,” says Dlanjwa.

He says the biggest struggle for students is not having finances for registration at the beginning of the year.

Given this reason, Dlanjwa decided to participate in the Right to Learn Cycle Tour challenge.

The UFS Bloemfontein campus’s SRC, in partnership with Institutional Advancement, came up with this initiative to cycle from Bloemfontein to Cape Town in eight days in an effort to raise R2 million for registration.

“We want to give access to as many students as possible. This initiative is not only about the students, it’s about giving hope to their families and taking them out of poverty,” says Dlanjwa.

He recalls an incident where a student went to the SRC offices to seek help at the beginning of the year with nothing but an identity document and the clothes he had on.

The student had been sleeping at the Bloemfontein Tou­rism Centre because he had no money for accommodation and registration.

“These are the types of cases that we have to deal with at the start of each year.”

Dlanjwa challenges the public to partner with them in ensuring that many students get access to higher education by donating money through the Give-n-gain page.

Dlanjwa will be joined by a few more guest cyclists on this gesture of goodwill set up in aid of other students who are willing to realise their dream to study further and get decent qualifications.

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