UFH SRC delivers food parcels to unfunded students ahead of exams
Submitted by Aretha Linden on Fri, 02/06/2023 - 13:48
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Comprehending the plight of fellow students who are unfunded, the University of Fort Hare’s Student Representative Council (SRC) took a collective decision to channel some of its entertainment events budget to buy food parcels to deliver to some unfunded students on the East London campus.
The food parcels which also contained hygiene packs were handed over exactly a week before the semester exams start on Monday, 5 June – a period when a balanced meal becomes even more vital for a student's mind and body.
Mr Yamkela Situnda, the East London Campus SRC Premier said the Council has been inundated with students knocking on their office doors, looking for something to eat. “We witnessed an increase in March and April when some students were defunded by NSFAS.”
“Hear at Fort Hare, we regard ourselves as brothers and sisters, and knowing that the majority of us come from disadvantaged backgrounds, as Council we took a collective decision to do something about it.”
Situnda says although they could not provide parcels to all who need and deserve them during the handover, a priority has been made to get to all the students who submitted their pleas.
“Over 200 unfunded students submitted their names, and we could only provide for 60 students this time. This initiative will continue and beneficiaries will be rotated."
Situnda took the opportunity to wish the student population well ahead of their exams.