In celebration of Mandela Day 2023, the North-West University Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences organised a heart-warming event at the Soccer Institute Mafikeng. The project aimed to give back to the community and reinforce the strong bond between students and communities. This event was sponsored by the FEMS staff, student chapter, and Brothers Cash and Carry, providing food parcels to ten (10) deserving students and community organisations. This spreads hope and supports those in need.
NGO representatives (beneficiaries), receiving food parcels.
The project’s impact reached beyond the institution, helping various community organisations, including Chuckdee Foundation, Legae Children’s Home, Man for Real Gender Advocacy, and Thari Mpepe Foundation. In addition, food parcels were distributed to 10 students who were identified as beneficiaries. Each of these organisations plays a crucial role in uplifting the local community, making contributions more meaningful.
Among other attendees, there were Prof Moroke, the Deputy Dean of Community Engagement, Prof Martin Chanza, the Community Engagement Coordinator, as well as other staff members and stakeholders from Motsweding FM Broadcasting.
Faculty of EMS Student Chapter, Mahikeng Campus.
According to Mmatseleng Leswalo, the Community and Stakeholder Engagement officer, the event’s primary objective was to remind students that they are an integral part of the community. Often, students can become so engrossed in their studies that they may unintentionally drift away from the issues faced by residents. By organising the food parcels project, the NWU Faculty of EMS demonstrated the importance of community involvement and empathy.
Mandela Day is about service and compassion. Professor Martin Chanza, who played a pivotal role in the event, explained that this initiative was solely to enhance society’s well-being and alleviate hunger. By engaging in acts of kindness, the schools’ divisions within the FEMS and students reaffirmed their commitment to Nelson Mandela’s principles, promoting equality and social justice.
The donation drive served as an excellent example of unity and solidarity. The combined efforts of FEMS staff members, the student chapter, and the generous sponsorship from Brothers Cash and Carry showcased the strength of a community coming together to create positive change, making a difference by nurturing a sense of belonging among students and reaching out to organisations dedicated to bettering the lives of others. They exemplified Mandela’s legacy – compassion, service, and the pursuit of a brighter, more inclusive future. As we reflect on this heart-warming initiative, let it inspire us to contribute to our own communities and work towards a world where hunger and inequality are mere remnants of the past.