“THE more eccentric the hat the better”, that was the memo given to Varsity College Pietermaritzburg staff at the end of July when they were tasked with raising funds for the Qhubeka Project, Varsity College’s CSI initiative. The staff all rose to the occasion, donning their funkiest hat. This funky hat showcase was a prelude to the main event that took place on July 28, appropriately called Christmas in July, with all proceeds also going towards the Qhubeka Project. The project empowers disadvantaged children with transport in the form of bicycles to and from school. “It was so nice to see this level of participation when it comes to raising funds for the Qhubeka Project. Students saw the staff involvement, as well as the community outreach culture the brand radiates,” said Ian Devenish, Varsity College PR and Events Assistant.Guests were treated to a three-course meal, as well as entertainment provided by the campus staff and choir. “Although the event was a dinner and dance, all who attended were aware of why they were there, and what cause their attendance was set to aid. “Everyone was proud of making a difference in the lives of these children,” said Sonya Nursoo, Varsity College Student Relations Manager.This is the not the end of Varsity College Pietermaritzburg’s efforts in aid of the Qhubeka Project - on September 29, the campus will hold its annual Charity Golf Day at the Victoria Country Club. Companies or individuals are invited to enter a fourball, sponsor a green or tee, or donate to the Qhubeka Project. For more information on the golf day, contact Sonya on 033 386 2376 or email snursoo@varsi tycollege.co.za - Supplied.