UFS alumni support students in need

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Fifth-year LLB student at the University of the Free State, Nyakallo Toko

Alumni of the University of the Free State (UFS) have partnered with the online student crowdfunding organisation, Feenix, and have launched a campaign called #Feenix4Kovsies with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of fellowstudents.

According to HWB Communications (Pty) Ltd, on behalf of Feenix, the #Feenix4Kovsies campaign aims to raise funds to help pay the fees of students from varying faculties such as Law, Education and Accounting. The graduates are of the view that the world can never have enough kindness in it. T

hey regard it as something that everyone could use a little more of lately. According to Professor Francis Petersen, UFS Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, the partnership with Feenix is the result of their shared values to create diversity, inclusivity and innovation within the education sector.

“Education has been the key to my journey. It is for this reason that the funding crisis in higher education is so close to my heart. I plan to address this at the University of the Free State by taking small, yet incremental, steps to make a difference in the lives of Kovsies,” Professor Petersen said. A fifth-year LLB student at the University of the Free State, Nyakallo Toko, expressed his gratitude for the #Feenix4Kovsies initiative that has since assisted him in paying off his outstanding tuition fees.

“It is channels like these that revive my belief that ‘Ubuntu’ still exists. I cannot even begin to picture what this academic year would have been like had it not been for the help and generosity of my peers. Now I’m looking forward to completing my degree with the same spirit and entering the working world,” he said.

“It is always so good to see alumni and community members rally to support the students at their local universities. We are proud of the work that the UFS alumni and faculty continue to do to support students in need. As a country we should continue to collaborate to create greater access to education,” added Leana de Beer, Chief Executive Officer of Feenix.

According to the statement, Feenix is a crowdfunding platform that connects communities, providing a tool for students to formalise their fundraising eff orts and a channel for funders to find students they wish to support. Feenix was launched in June 2017 as a response to the #FeesMustFall movement that spread across campuses in South Africa during 2015 and 2016.

This movement highlighted the extremely high cost of tertiary education and the impact that financial stress has on a student’s success rate. You can play your part by donating to the #Feenix4Kovsies campaign.

Simply follow the link for more information: https://feenix.org/ campaign/53

Heidre Malgas

heidre@mahareng.co.za