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Friday, 18 July 2014

Advancement Department backs food collection drive on Mandela Day

The fundraising arm of the CPUT has thrown its weight behind the student-led initiative to ease hunger in residences this International Mandela Day.

Usually tasked with raising millions for the betterment of the university, Advancement staffers jumped at the chance to collect and donate food for those in need.

This is the first Nelson International Mandela Day since Madiba's death in December last year, with literacy, shelter and food security chosen as the themes for the day. Staff member Helena Pietersen says that given these themes, the food collection drive is an especially fitting way to mark Madiba’s legacy.

“We believe that charity begins at home and that donating nourishing food is a simple but very tangible way to show our students that we care. Our project will run for the entire month of July, not just for Mandela Day, and we’re urging all who learn and teach on the Cape Town campus to join in.”

The initiative has been endorsed by the Vice Chancellor and was conceptualised by a group of students from the Assemblies of God Movement on Campus (AOGMC) in Bellville, in partnership with the Bellville SRC, Student Counselling and Student Affairs.

Co-ordinator Abulele Mgijima says non-perishable foodstuffs such as cans of beans, soups, tuna, dried fruit, rice, pasta, mielie meal, peanut butter, long life milk, flour and sugar etc, can be dropped off at the Advancement Department on the 5th Floor of the Admin Building on Cape Town campus and at collection points all over Bellville campus.

The food will later be distributed via House Parents to pre-identified needy students.

Please contact Abulele Mgijima on 076 893 9150 or email Helena Pietersen of the Advancement Department for further info.

Written by Janyce Weintrob

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