Food insecurity amongst students is a growing problem. Stellenbosch University recently launched the #Move4Food campaign, a student-led initiative that aims to not only raise the awareness of food insecurity amongst students, but also to establish food banks on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses.
Countering perceptions that SU’s students are uniformly wealthy, estimates show that at least six in every 100 students on SU campuses go hungry each day. The University is therefore speaking with one voice in saying, ‘One hungry student is one too many.’
The first phase of #Move4Food harnessed the energy, enthusiasm and excitement of many students and staff members by raising R1 million in donations (cash and 15 095 items of non-perishable food) during a week of activities, ending in a 24 hour spin-a-thon on static bicycles in the Neelsie Centre. You can watch some inspiring videos about some of the activities during the campaign on their YouTube channel as well as their Instagram page.
Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, showed his support for this campaign by running the full Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on 23 September 2018. More than 110 staff members, alumni, students and friends of the University completed various other races for the same course.
Stellenbosch University is now reaching out to the broader community to join the cause and help raise R10m by International Giving Day on 27 November.
It goes without saying that Techno Park has an intimate relationship with the Stellenbosch University. But, more importantly, the businesses housed in the Park directly benefit from the fresh talent emanating from the institution. So, Techno Park community, let’s get behind this worthwhile cause and get involved!