UJ and Wits students come together to show love for health care workers. 

A University of Johannesburg (UJ) church society has teamed up with Wits University students to launch a campaign called ‘Heart to Heart’ to encourage essential workers. 

This is aimed at encouraging health care workers, by writing letters of gratitude and gifting them to some of the people who have worked nonstop during the pandemic. These students are part of the Saving the Earth from A-Z (ASEZ) Church of God student group, which carries out different volunteer initiatives internationally.   

Thabiso Mgobhozi (20), a second-year civil engineering student, said: “We want to acknowledge the health care workers for all the effort they have put into fighting the pandemic and to encourage them to continue doing the work they have been doing.”  

Third-year genetics and biokinetics student, Tshepiso Maltji (22), said that the care packages will be inclusive of all health care workers and include a variety of items. “Members of the church donate the packages. The donations can be anything. It could be socks, gloves, sweets, chocolates and more,” said Malatji. 

Hope Cholo, a member of the student church society at UJ told Wits Vuvuzela that they prepare a certain number of gifts that they are given by each hospital they partner with.  

Once handed over, hospital management is responsible for handing out to staff. Cholo said, “The number of packages need to be enough for the whole staff working on that day. The hospital provides a number, and we work around that number.”  

To make sure no one is left out, each student will write more than one letter. 

FEATURED IMAGE: The three Wits University students that will take part in the heart to heart campaign. Photo: Mandisa Ntuli