Wits community starts collecting to uplift grade 12 students from poor schools

Members of the Wits ASC and subcommitee at the drive station. Front (left to right): Sisonke Mbadlanyana, Sibusiso Mkhatshwa, Wandile Mokwena and Nobuhle Segona. Back (left to right): Kamahanyo Molope, Hlalanathi November and Liyabona Tshangana.                                                                                                                                                     Photo: Rose Clemence Shayo


Wits Accounting Students’ Council (Wits ASC) is planning to provide matric students from underprivileged schools with sanitary pads and stationery after collecting donations for a week outside Wits FNB Building.

The collection drive started on July 29 and aimed to gather stationery such as pencils, rulers, notebooks and ballpoint pens, as well as sanitary pads.

Wits ASC chairperson Thandoluhle Vilakazi said although the donations have just started, the drive’s collection volume has increased compared to the first day.

“We want to make such charity activities an ongoing event,” Vilakazi told Wits Vuvuzela.

As part of the school supplies and pads drive the council is giving out free coffee, tea and hot chocolate to all those who visit the station to either donate or inquire about the drive.

To ensure that the pad and stationery drives are a success, the council has reached out to corporates such as Investec and Pick n Pay for donations and it hopes responses will be favourable.

Vilakazi said they are yet to decide which schools will benefit from the drive.

An attendee at the drive, second-year BCom accounting student Lionel Lomboto, said “It is a great idea and I believe that the hand that gives is the hand that receives.”

He said the council should ensure that such events happen every year.

Nolan Naidoo, a second-year BCom in risk management and insurance student, said he is aware of the problem of pads that girls are facing and it is a good thing the council is helping high school students.


FEATURED IMAGE: Wandile Mokwena conversing with Sibusiso Mkhatsuwa at the stationary and sanitary pads drive station.