Students raise R55 000 in charity project

2018-01-17 06:01
< Pictured here are the IIE’s Varsity College Port Elizabeth students with student relations manager, Jaci Howell, at the fundraising thermometer used to track the project’s progress.    Photo:SUPPLIED

< Pictured here are the IIE’s Varsity College Port Elizabeth students with student relations manager, Jaci Howell, at the fundraising thermometer used to track the project’s progress. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE IIE’s Varsity College Port Elizabeth VC Cares committee and students, under the guidance of campus student relations manager Jaci Howell, collaborated last year to raise awareness and funds for their Qhubeka Education Project, resulting in a grand total of R55 000.

The Qhubeka Education Project was IIE’s Varsity College Corporate Social Initiative (CSI) last year. The initiative distributes bicycles to students, teachers and school volunteers to improve access to education, reduce travel time and improve educational outcomes. The funds raised will be used to purchase 18 bicycles.

“I am tremendously proud of our students for their dedication and commitment in helping to make an impact so willingly last year.

“Achieving our target would not have been possible without their time and effort that was put into helping out with the various fund­raising initiatives,” Howell said.

“Their level of voluntarily service, commitment and dedication was truly phenomenal.

To see first-hand the kind of passion our students have for making a difference in the community is amazing.” Some of the contributing fundraising initiatives included the Mr and Miss Varsity College, a raffle, bingo evening and family fun fair.

The IIE’s higher certificate in event management (HCEM) and the diploma in public relations (DPR) students collaborated and hosted the family fun fair as part of their work integrated learning (WIL) modules.

WIL provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in an actual and/or stimulated workplace environment.

Sponsors who contributed to the project throughout the year included Heinz In Style, Elegant Ivy, Woolworths, the Port Elizabeth Opera House, Madiba Bay Events, the Old Grey Sports Club, Above and Beyond, Whiskey and Honey, Hairpower, Divas Hair Salon, Total Concept, Sophisticate Models, Jenni Gault International Jewellery Design, AVX Consulting Engineers, Algoa FM and the SB Agency.

“The year has been a fulfilling adventure which needed the support and commitment of many people in order to be a success and The IIE’s Varsity College Port Elizabeth campus would like to thank one and all for their support throughout the year.”

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