LAST week the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) launched the “I Care UKZN” campaign, which was attended by student leaders, members of the executive management and potential donors.The I Care UKZN campaign is an initiative for students by students and aims to raise funds that will assist academically excelling students who are unfunded and are unable to continue with their respective studies. The initiative will run throughout all UKZN campuses. University management and the UKZN student leadership (SRC) were inspired by initiatives at other institutions and were aware of the growing need for funding, and as such, have taken the initiative to spearhead this programme. Appeals were made to staff, students, communities, business, individuals and stakeholders to support this worthy cause. Senzo Ngidi, president of the central SRC handed a cheque for R12 000 that was raised this week to Michael Davids, head of student funding at UKZN, who will administer the funds. Ngidi said that student leaders wanted to create a culture of giving, not only among students at UKZN, but also in the communities from which they come. He encouraged students to volunteer their services and spread the word, as well as raise funds from church groups, spaza shops, local businesses and community members.UKZN vice-chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, encouraged the university community to support this notable cause. “The I Care campaign provided potential donors with the opportunity of making a tangible difference in the lives of young students. The thirst for knowledge knows no limit.”The university awards bursaries and scholarships to the approximate value of R740 million and administers about R880 million in student funding. This is derived from various internal and external sources, including NSFAS, bursaries, scholarships, government and the private sector. Donations can be made via the UKZN Foundation, Standard Bank and snapscan. For more information visit “I Care UKZN” which can be found on the university website www.ukzn.ac.za - Supplied.