Walter Sisulu University Medical Student’s Bid To Dress 100 Learners

MAY 21, 2015

Impoverished learners at Mpindweni Junior Secondary School (JSS) outside Mthatha could ward off the winter chills if fundraising efforts by Walter Sisulu University (WSU) sixth-year medical student Bulelwa Duze prove successful.

Through her Dress-A-Child-Campaign, Duze is working tirelessly to raise R60 000 in a bid to purchase school socks, jerseys, beanies and shoes, amongst other items, to dress 100 impoverished learners.

This marks a great leap from her humble beginnings last year, which saw her raise R12 000 to dress 20 pupils at the Buntingville Junior Secondary School in Ngqeleni. 

“Last years’ experience showed me the incredible power of giving and how little really can go a very long way. It taught me to have the courage to just start something, no matter how small of a difference it could make,” says Duze.

Mpindweni JSS is one of the many schools identified in Mthatha to augment the training of the University’s medical students, principled upon its Community-based Education and Service (COBES) initiatives. 

Through the programme, students are not only confronted with health issues, but also dire socio-economic realities confronting the most poorest of the poor.

“This school unfortunately has a number of children who come from poverty-stricken homes and are in desperate need of proper school uniform. We hope to assist with at least lessening the burden on these households,” adds Duze.

Her relentless persistence has thus far seen her soliciting funds from fellow students, government departments and the healthcare fraternity.

However, these gatherings pale in comparison to what she envisages to be a sufficient return.  

“I have only managed to raise about R8 000 thus far. I implore all those in a position to do so to donate whatever they can so we can make this winter that more bearable for these children.”

“Through this, I hope to show these children that they too deserve to be given a chance to realise their full potential despite their socio-economic status,” says Duze.