Sunday Tribune

R1 million walk for students in need of registrati­on fees


A GROUP of university students are making their way from Durban to Pretoria on foot in the hope of raising over a million rand which will assist struggling students with registrati­on and accommodat­ion fees as well as cooked meals.

Walk4acces­s, consisting of individual­s from different institutio­ns, began their walk on May 4 at Durban Girls’ High and expect to arrive at Pretoria High School for Girls on May 12. They encourage servant leadership, positive activism, and to girls in particular, the importance of access to higher education.

The group, from North West University and the University of Pretoria, reached Harrismith yesterday, but took a day’s rest due to fatigue and injuries. Today they will tackle the next mission to walk more than 200km to Heidelberg.

Thand’olwethu Dlanga, #Walk4acces­s chairperso­n, said the journey was not what they had expected, but a few highlights made their sacrifice worthwhile.

“We were received with a guard

of honour at Pietermari­tzburg Girls’ High School, a beautiful reception by staff members at Hilton College and a hospitable old couple accommodat­ed us in Harrismith, when we did not know where we were going to sleep on Friday night.

“We walk from sunrise to sunset,” he said.

Last year the group walked from Pretoria to Cape Town to assist 10

students with registrati­on difficulti­es, and three without accommodat­ion also benefited from the R100 000 they raised. The funds also provided an additional 7 000 cooked meals for students.

“We are hoping to raise over R1 million. If 50 000 people donate R21 each, we could reach our target with ease. The number of students who will benefit depends on the amount received during the walk,” said Dlanga.

He explained that their food and accommodat­ion while on their journey depended on the goodwill of the people and that a few good Samaritans from Harrismith, Estcourt and Pietermari­tzburg had already assisted along the way.

Dlanga said activities planned over the coming days included handing out small packages to mothers today, in appreciati­on for their efforts to ensure their children have an opportunit­y to attend university. On their last day of the journey the group will host an event.

“Emotionall­y, everyone is strong, but we have had about three injuries, hence the need for a day's rest so that the injured could recover,” said Dlanga, who was optimistic about the goals they had set.

 ??  ?? #Walk4acces­s members are walking from Durban to Pretoria to raise funds for students in need.
#Walk4acces­s members are walking from Durban to Pretoria to raise funds for students in need.
 ??  ?? #Walk4acces­s team member assists an injured participan­t during their walk.
#Walk4acces­s team member assists an injured participan­t during their walk.

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