The Wits Choir and SRC are partnering to raise funds for students with historical debts

The Wits Choir will be hosting their Welcome Day on Saturday, March 14, with the proceeds of the concert going to the Student Representative Council’s (SRC) #SaveADegree campaign and Humanitarian Fund.

The annual event, a musical celebration hosted at the Wits Theatre, officially kicks off the year for the choir.

This year’s ceremony, however, will be different as it will raise funds for the SRC to assist student initiatives.

SRC treasurer-general Keneilwe Metai has welcomed the initiative, saying, “The funds donated will increase the number of students that we’ll be able to assist.”

The #SaveADegree campaign was launched on Welcome Day and aims to reduce the debt of students who are eligible to graduate to R15 00 so they can manage it.

“The campaign brings awareness to the public about the historical debt that hinders students from graduating and it also encourages people to donate as a way of contributing towards saving a degree,” Metai added.

Wits Choir conductor Dalene Hoogenhout says they are expecting at least 200 people at the concert. She added that this is the first collaboration with the student body in the 56-year history of the choir.

“We hope that this initiative of building bridges between these two established Wits entities becomes an annual event and that this concept of a Welcome Concert at the beginning of each year shows the open-hearted nature of Wits,” Hoogenhout told Wits Vuvuzela.

The showcase will include choral music in many different languages and has long been a vibrant experience for those who attend. Hoogenhout added that this year’s ceremony will have a few surprises in store.

“We welcome our new members to the choir, we introduce the new Witsies to our choir, we perform two songs which we have rehearsed beforehand with members of the SRC and we have an evening of enjoying each other’s company through choral music and have everyone walk out singing! And everyone is welcome,” she said.

FEATURED IMAGE: Conductor Dalene Hoogenhout believes the partnership with the SRC will blossom in the coming future Photo: Provided