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Friday, 02 September 2016

Students raise funds for Red Cross Children’s Hospital

CPUT students donated R40 000 to The Children’s Hospital Trust (Red Cross Children’s Hospital). CPUT students donated R40 000 to The Children’s Hospital Trust (Red Cross Children’s Hospital).

First year Business Administration 1 students in the Office Management and Technology (OMT) Department (Faculty of Business and Management Sciences) recently donated a cheque of R40 000 to The Children’s Hospital Trust of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

The department started the initiative in 2009 as a Business Administration 1 live academic project and has to date donated R291 000 to The Trust.

During the cheque handover at the Cape Town Campus this week, OMT lecturer and project facilitator, Belinda Berman, said that the R40 000 was raised by 203 students who undertook the academic project in 2015.

“By supporting the expansion of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, you have given more children a better chance of survival, you also provided an enhanced environment for families to support their children and the staff to continue enabling the best care,” Berman told the students.

She added that more than 1 750 students had been involved in the project over the last seven years.

Prizes for the group that raised the most profit in 2015 went to Wings of Hope after they raised a whopping R6 691.50.

Berman thanked all the students for their time and efforts, The Trust and all the CPUT community for their support.  All students receive a certificate of participation and a lunch pack after the ceremony.  The winning team also receive a prize.

The annual live project takes the teams of student’s two-and-a-half terms to put complete.  Students raise funds from donation sheets, raffles, selling products on campus, at sporting events, etc.

More than equipping the students with the necessary holistic skills, the department promotes social responsibility as the donation to the hospital responds to a social need by not only CPUT but South Africa as a whole.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za