Stu­dent with pas­sion to help oth­ers

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Pas­sion­ate about up­lift­ing those around him, a Univer­sity of Fort Hare (UFH) ac­count­ing post­grad­u­ate has launched the Kepe Foun­da­tion to lend a help­ing hand to those in need.

Siya­si­bulela Kepe, 24, who hails from Cala in the Transkei, said the foun­da­tion ran sports days, tu­tor­ing ses­sions and mo­ti­va­tional tours at un­der-re­sourced schools in and around Buf­falo City.

“I started help­ing oth­ers with home­work and this spilled over into big­ger events. I wanted to make oth­ers see their value be­cause I be­lieve we all have tal­ent and po­ten­tial. When I came to East Lon­don to study, I wanted to con­tinue my pur­suit of this pas­sion and started the Kepe Foun­da­tion,” Kepe said.

Kepe, who some­times has to use money from his own pocket, said he re­lies on crowd-fund­ing to keep the foun­da­tion go­ing.

“I also have re­ceived fund­ing from the Buf­falo City Metro. The work can­not stop be­cause of lack of funds, it is very close to my heart,” he said.

The foun­da­tion, which also has out­reach pro­grammes, hopes to in­spire men to be role mod­els.

Kepe has also ap­plied to be part of the Model United Na­tions which will take place in Malaysia in Jan­uary 2019 and has been se­lected as a fi­nal­ist. He is ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic for as­sis­tance with funds to at­tend the event.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kepe on 073-447-1002.

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