Black alumni campaign paves the path

30 October 2009 | Story by Newsroom

Graça Machel, bursary recipient Sinazo Yolwa and Dr Max Price First of a kind: Graça Machel, bursary recipient Sinazo Yolwa and Dr Max Price at the campaign launch.

The UCT Association of Black Alumni's (UCTABA) One Thousand for One Million campaign began on a promising note when more than R300 000 was raised at the campaign's launch in Johannesburg on 27 October.

The One Thousand for One Million campaign aims to get 1 000 black alumni to each pledge R100 for 12 months, which will bring in R1 million that will go towards bursaries for UCT students.

Many of the nearly 40 alumni and UCT friends who attended the fundraising dinner not only pledged their financial support, but also offered networking, advisory and mentorship services.

At the event, UCT Chancellor Graça Machel applauded the UCTABA, which aims to raise funds for students who are academically capable but financially needy, as a movement that can contribute towards reshaping the country. The UCTABA was established in 2007 to get black graduates to play their part by actively participating and contributing to UCT.

Since then, the group has established regional structures in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

This year, BCom student Sinazo Yolwa became the first recipient of a UCTABA full-cost bursary. Vice-chancellor Dr Max Price presented Vice-Chancellors Circle donor-recognition pins to UCTABA members who contributed to the bursary fund last year.

The Development and Alumni Department, in partnership with the UCTABA, will host similar fundraising events in other regions to inspire alumni to contribute towards the One Thousand for One Million campaign.

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