Talk of the Town - - Front Page - TK MTIKI and JON HOUZET

A FAST­ING fundrais­ing drive by NHL Stenden Univer­sity stu­dents in the Nether­lands has net­ted R80,000 for the Port Al­fred Soup Kitchen.

Two Stenden stu­dents, Franzi Helm and Simona Ba­sheva came up with the idea, and teacher Jenifer Penn su­per­vised the fundraiser.

The fundrais­ing drive, themed Hold Your Hunger, was held si­mul­ta­ne­ously at Stenden’s Port Al­fred and Nether­lands cam­puses.

Helm ex­plained that stu­dents stayed awake overnight for 12 hours and went with­out eat­ing.

About 30 stu­dents and seven staff mem­bers took part at the Nether­lands cam­pus.

“We were spon­sored by friends, par­ents and grand­par­ents,” Helm said.

One stu­dent, whom she did not men­tion by name, was able to raise about ß500 by her­self.

Ex­plain­ing the rea­son why they chose not to eat or sleep dur­ing the drive, she said: “We wanted to know what it feels like to be with­out food and we wanted to raise aware­ness of how some peo­ple live.”

She said the par­tic­i­pants found it chal­leng­ing hav­ing to go with­out food but they kept them­selves dis­tracted and en­ter­tained by play­ing video games and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

She said other stu­dents had shown in­ter­est in the event and Helm be­lieved that next year’s fundraiser might be an even big­ger suc­cess.

Helm handed over the cheque to the Port Al­fred Soup Kitchen on be­half of her fel­low fundrais­ers, last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Stenden SA ex­ec­u­tive dean Wouter Hensens com­mended the fundraiser and said money raised at the lo­cal cam­pus, about R6,000, had al­ready been handed over to the soup kitchen.He said af­ter Stenden Univer­sity’s re­cent merger with an­other univer­sity in Hol­land, called NHL Univer­sity of Ap­plied Sciences, they had about 25, 000 stu­dents and were an in­sti­tu­tion with the po­ten­tial to make a dif­fer­ence in so­ci­ety.

Next year, they hope to in­clude the Thai­land, Bali and Qatar cam­puses in the Hold Your Hunger fundraiser.

One of the donors, the Town­ships Foun­da­tion, was pi­o­neered by fourth year stu­dent Simona Ba­sheva.

Helm said the Town­ships Foun­da­tion fo­cused more on or­phan­ages in town­ships, tar­get­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety.

The Town­ships Foun­da­tion as­sisted mostly with cloth­ing, while Hold Your Hunger fo­cused more on help­ing pro­vide food to the needy, she said.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

HEARTY DO­NA­TION: NHL Stenden Univer­sity stu­dents in Hol­l­land raised R80,000 for the Port Al­fred Soup Kitchen at a re­cent fundraiser. Stenden South Africa ex­ec­u­tive dean Wouter Hensens, left, with stu­dent Franzi Helm, who handed over the cheque to Hel­mut Hartleb and De­bra Har­ris of the Port Al­fred Soup Kitchen

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