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MORE and more students are joining the VC’s Legacy Bursary Campaign - #climb4nmmu - to help fund needy students by digging into their own pockets. 

Students from throughout Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) six campuses are coming to the fore with their own fund-raising initiatives in support of Prof Derrick Swartz’s climb of Mount Fuji in Japan on 7 August.

They’re responding to his appeal – that “little by little, we can make a great difference” by giving as little as R1 or R10 each - in being creative in supporting the massive financial need for academically-deserving but poor students, particularly within the Eastern Cape.

The Student Representative Council triggered the fundraising challenge among students this week when they initiated an impromptu collection at the university’s annual VC’s Societies’ Breakfast among the leadership of the university’s 72 societies.

The PinnAcle Leadership Programme group of Accounting top performers have given themselves 10 days to raise as much money as they can from an individual initial investment of R10. The same group of 80 students each wants to recruit at least one person to participate in the same project.

And then there is the third-year Graphic Design class of 14 students who donated R700 from their own pockets.

Thus far, more than R700 000 has been raised for #climb4nmmu.

Prof Swartz has highlighted the need for creative solutions in meeting the great need for financial support among academically-deserving, but indigent students, recognising that the government-run NSFAS support scheme will not be able to meet the need alone.

NMMU Graphic Design third-year Class of 2015 in front of the Art & Design building on North Campus are back from left: Lethabela Kgole, Michela Formento, Thessa Boshoff, Christopher Smith,  Aimee Taylor, Carla Dreyer, Matthew Larkin. Front from left Devonia Such, Abigail Miles, Clarise Botha, Shannon Garrison, Chantelle Allers, Danielle Botha.