Feet4Fees ends 1 000km trek in PE next week
Feet4Fees will see a group of StudyTrust bursary beneficiaries complete their 1 000km walk on Monday, when they are scheduled to arrive in Port Elizabeth.
The students started their walk on 1 December from the University of the Witwatersrand to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
The movement was initiated “by students for students,” as stated on the http://www. studytrust.org.za/ webiste.
According to Reuben Oosthuysen, initiator of Feet4Fees, the initiative started when one of the students recognised the plight of fellow students, “struggling on a daily basis to make ends meet”.
“Often students will not have conducive living arrangements, can’t afford decent meals and tackle a full academic day without breakfast. Many don’t have any local family support and have continuous stress about covering academic and personal expenses.”
Compelled to try and do something about this situation, StudyTrust, a bursary organisation, was approached with the idea of embarking on a challenging walk in order to raise bursary funding. StudyTrust made current bursary beneficiaries aware of this idea, and received an overwhelming response with 134 students signing up, wanting to plough back and make a difference in the lives of future students. The final group consists of 15 students who have embarked on the 1 000km walk.
“We recognise how vital the education of our generation (and every generation) is to build South Africa and believe that both the public and private sector is needed to address this issue,” said Oosthuysen.
The initiative aims to raise funds towards student bursa- ries and associated costs and also to create awareness of the plight of students struggling to access study funding and cover living expenses.
The distance of just over 1 000km is in a relay fashion, which will see each group walking 20km per day and each student will walk a total of 333km.
After a rest day in Cradock yesterday, the team will head to Cookhouse, Alicedale and Colchester before staying over in Port Elizabeth on Sunday night.
The team will create awareness of options for further studies and various sources of accessing scholarships, bursaries and financial aid, by visiting some schools en route and providing information on how/where to access funding.
For more information, visit the Feet4Fees Facebook page, visit the StudyTrust website: http:// www. studytrust. org. za/ or contact Reuben Oosthuysen on 079 876 2127.