TO support the fundraising efforts of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz – who is climbing Mount Fuji next month (August 7) to raise money for financially needy students, as part of the university’s 10-year celebrations – NMMU’s top-performing students have launched an innovative fundraising initiative of their own.
The 80 students – who form part of NMMU’s PinnAcle Leadership Programme (PLP) for top performers in the School of Accounting – will have 10 days to make as much profit as they can off an initial investment of just R10. The 10-day challenge starts today (July 28) and ends next Friday (August 7).
“The students will have to be creative with limited resources and time,” said PinnAcle Leadership Programme Coordinator Elize Naude.
Many of the PLP students are recipients of NMMU’s top bursary – the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship – which provides each candidate with R75 600 per year, provided they maintain first-class results.
“The Leadership Programme is committed to engendering in our top scholars a spirit of ‘giving back’, especially in the light of the substantial support they receive from NMMU.”
Naude said the R10, 10-day project linked to NMMU’s 10th birthday celebrations as well as the VC’s 10-stage climb (between 10 base camps) to Mount Fuji’s summit.
The project is not just limited to PLP students: Naude said the invitation to get involved was being extended to all VC’s Scholars, as well as VC’s Scholar alumni. The 80 participating PLP students will each have to recruit at least one person to participate in the same project.
“The students have also set a challenge to NMMU’s Council to match our final amount.” Council Chairperson Judge Ronnie Pillay is already sponsoring R1 for every meter Swartz walks up Mount Fuji, which should amount to R3,776.
Those who participate in or contribute to the students’ 10-day challenge will be invited to a “Fuji feedback session”, where prizes will be awarded to the person who raises the most money and has the “best entrepreneurial project”.
PLP students are also participating in “10 runs for NMMU’s 10 years” – by participating in 10 of Port Elizabeth’s weekly park runs. This week’s park run kicks off at 8.00am at Shark Rock Pier, Hobie Beach. “The ultimate aim is to run a total of 10 runs in celebration of NMMU’s 10 years, as well as to build on the Vice Chancellor’s 10-stage climb,” said Naude.
NMMU’s PinnAcle Leadership Programme members involved in the R10-a-day challenge in aid of Prof Swartz' campaign are from left Chandre Chrysanthou, Mikaela Oosthuizen, Ronnie Strydom, Sivuyile Dzina Duane Rensburg and Nikisha Lalloo.
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