Students get a high five for giving

2019-08-13 06:00
Students from IIE’s Varsity College Cape Town campus packed a total of 19 656 meals for Rise Against Hunger.

Students from IIE’s Varsity College Cape Town campus packed a total of 19 656 meals for Rise Against Hunger.

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The IIE’s Varsity College Cape Town campus spearheaded five Mandela Day initiatives, on and off-campus, to celebrate 67 Minutes for Mandela.

“We are so grateful to be able to give back to our communities. Words cannot describe our sincere gratitude to all staff, students and sponsors for every donation made. What a fulfilling experience,” says Saleem Jackson, the college campus principal.

The first initiative kicked off at the Loaves and Fishes Shelter for adults on 15 July. A team of 16 students painted two of the rooms at the premises.

A donation drive was held on campus weeks before during which students, staff and sponsors donated generously.

On 16 July, staff and students packed a total of 19 656 meals for Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief non-profit organisation (NPO) that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations,

Students revamped the Lucas Mbebe Educare Centre in Gugulethu on 17 July. The Early Childhood Development centre cares for more than 113 children between the ages of two to six.

Next on the list of good causes was the Leliebloem children’s home in Athlone. Staff and students painted three of the Lelie- bloem Children’s Home boys’ rooms and they also donated pots, pans and plastic containers to the home on 18 July.

The last of the five Mandela Day initiatives took place at the SOS Children’s Home in Thornton on 19 July. The home was in dire need of a library revamp, a space where their 80 kids, aged three to 18, can obtain books and use a place to study. Staff and students painted two bedrooms and donated pots and pans.

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