A group of civic-minded UKZN students has donated clothing, bedding and toiletries to St Vincent’s Children’s home in Mariannhill, Pinetown.
Speaking on behalf of the R-Block Residence on the Westville campus, first-year Physiology student, Mr Sizwe Mgcina, said they organised the charity event to ‘promote the culture of giving through the University’ to the ‘less fortunate’.
Mgcina said they collected clothes from fellow res students, and washed and packed them as they were inspired to ‘evoke the spirit of Ubuntu’ during Heritage month. A donation of bedding was also secured from the Department of Student Housing through UKZN’s Mr Lethani Ndwandwe.
Mgcina paid tribute to House Com Secretary and third-year Environmental Sciences student, Ms Lindokuhle Mhlongo; House Com Sports and Recreation rep and second-year Pharmacy student, Mr Mvelo Buthelezi;
House Com Treasurer and BSC Environmental Sciences student, Ms Prisca Mncube; BCom 4 Foundation first-year student, Ms Siphiwe Ntuli; House Com-Community Development rep and second-year B. Community Development Studies student, Ms Sithandiwe Sibisi, and Mr Ayanda Lebakeng, who is doing first-year BSc Eng (Mech) and is responsible for events in the House Committee.
The students also thanked UKZN’s Mr Lethani Ndwandwe, Social Worker at the children’s home, Mrs Elda Mbatha, and UKZN Transport’s Mr Brian Fraser.
Mgcina encouraged anyone wanting to donate their time or clothing to St Vincent’s Children’s home to contact Mrs Elda Mbatha on 082 836 5723.