No Student Hungry Campaign: 1000/33 Stride, one step for each bite

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‘How do you eat an elephant?’ ‘One bite at a time’. We all know the saying, but we don’t always apply the adage in our own lives.

In order to ensure that needy students do not study on an empty stomach, the No Student Hungry bursary programme (NSH) continues to play an important role in the lives of more than 100 students at the University of the Free State (UFS). On 1 May 2014, a volunteer team will cover more than 1 000 kilometres in approximately 33 days to create awareness of and raise funds for this human project. The team will depart from Bloemfontein on 1 May 2014 and walk all the way to Cape Town during the hours 06:00 – 18:00 every day.

According to Adéle van Aswegen, she regularly meets financially distressed students who cannot even afford one meal per day.Therefore, she decided to walk for this cause to show her support for the NSH campaign. “We expect to arrive in Cape Town on 2 June 2014”, said Ntokozo Nkabinde, one of the coordinators of the walk project.

NSH was started in 2011 by Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State, and Mr Rudi Buys, Dean of Student Affairs. By offering students a small daily allowance, the NSH project aims to alleviate food insecurity among students at the UFS in order to significantly enhance their chances of completing their studies.

The bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need, good academic performance, active participation in student life programmes and commitment to serving the community.

This initiative has been changing the lives of students at the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses, and it will be launched at the South Campus this April.

“We are planning a big send-off for our walk team on 1 May. Join us on the Bloemfontein Campus for a 5km fun walk, with exhibitors and entertainment. Tickets are available at R20 each and lots of prizes can be won”,said Vicky Simpson, NSH programme coordinator.

NSH would like to thank Adéle van Aswegen, Ntokozo Nkabinde, Nico Piedt, Ronél Warner and all the guesthouses along the route,as well as the businesses that have made donations in support of this project.

If you are interested in joining the team,would like to take part in the 5km fun walk or if you would like to get involved in any other way, please contact Vicky Simpson at051-401 7197 orsimpsonvz@ufs.ac.za.

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