He is leaving soon to start his journey to climb Mount Fuji in aid of bursaries for financially needy, yet academically deserving students, but first NMMU Vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz did some last-minute preparation with students and staff.He is leaving soon to start his journey to climb Mount Fuji in aid of bursaries for financially needy, yet academically deserving students, but first NMMU Vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz did some last-minute preparation with students and staff.
NMMU Vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz in action at the fun rowing event in preparation for his Mount Fuji climb on 7 August. Next to him is Human Movement Science lecturer Samantha Kahts.
The fun rowing event – organised with the assistance of the NMMU Rowing Club - in the South Campus Fitness & Aquatics Centre drew the attention of about 200 students who cheered the participants on.
Students had the opportunity to interact with their Vice-Chancellor and asked him a number of questions about his up-coming climb.
Last week Prof Swartz invited corporates to join him in a fun run up the 18 flights of stairs to raise further awareness and funding for academically-deserving but financially-needy students.
The #climb4nmmu campaign is particularly focused on the needs of students in the Eastern Cape, recognised as South Africa’s poorest province.
All funds will go to the University's Bursary Legacy Campaign run by the NMMU Trust. Their Ignite a Candle campaign is already supporting worthy students.
The University was hoping to raise at least R500 000 to support further students for the duration of their degrees or diplomas; and has already passed the R750 000 mark.
Prof Swartz leaves for Japan on Sunday and will start his climb on 7 August 2015.
*At a breakfast with university student societies this morning, more than R300 was raised towards the campaign – just by students sending around a cup and asking for a small contribution.
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