Students team up to give charity a boost

< The members of Open Palm are, at the back from left, Babalwa Ngcofe and Liso Dibela, and in front from left Zinziswa Sijaji, Olwethu Manzi and Kwakhona Jubase. The final member of the team is Anovuyo Selani, who is not pictured here.  Photo:SUPPLIED
< The members of Open Palm are, at the back from left, Babalwa Ngcofe and Liso Dibela, and in front from left Zinziswa Sijaji, Olwethu Manzi and Kwakhona Jubase. The final member of the team is Anovuyo Selani, who is not pictured here. Photo:SUPPLIED

A GROUP of third-year students at Nelson Mandela University have taken on the task of raising funds and awareness for a local charity, Love Story.

As part of a final year assignment, the six students were tasked with working with a charity of their choice to raise funds and awareness for their cause.

Liso Dibela, Kwakhona Jubase, Olwethu Manzi, Babalwa Ngcofe, Anovuyo Selani and Zinziswa Sijaji teamed up to create Open Palm, a public relations agency, and chose Love Story as their charity.

Love Story, a non-profit organisation which operates under Father’s House Church, was started by a small group of people in October 2012 and operates every day of the week in and around Port Elizabeth.

The organisation deals with a variety of community upliftment projects, feeding schemes, early childhood development programmes and education programmes.

Love Story currently depends on the help of volunteers.

Open Palm’s “Act from the Heart” public relations campaign focuses on raising funds for the charity.

The organisation is heavily reliant on public donations to enable it to carry out its charitable functions.

“With this campaign we hope to lift a portion of the load off the shoulders of the Love Story organisation and challenge all members of the Port Elizabeth community to do the same.

“What we aim to do is get publicity for Love Story and their various causes, help expose their social media platform to people and provide some relief as far as food sponsorships are concerned,” the students said.

For more info on Love Story, go to www.lovestory.org.za.

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