Vanderbijlpark Young Alumni Chapter: empowering underprivileged students

Giving back to the community and supporting underprivileged individuals holds immense value in shaping a better future for all. The Young Alumni Chapter of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Vanderbijlpark Campus showcased its commitment to making a difference by donating a significant sum of money towards the education fees of deserving graduates and the university’s Meal-a-Day programme.

This act of kindness took place during the campus’s recent year-end function.

The Vanderbijlpark Young Alumni Chapter, established in 2011, has set a remarkable example, and their generous donation of R90 000 exhibits their dedication to ensuring that financial constraints are not an impediment to the pursuit of higher education.

By lifting the burden of outstanding fees, the chapter has paved the way for these deserving graduates to embark on successful careers and contribute meaningfully to society.

In addition to their contribution towards education, the chapter also donated R20 000 towards the NWU’s Meal-a-Day programme that provides meals to underprivileged students. By supporting this programme, the NWU Vaal Young Alumni Chapter has ensured that students facing financial difficulties can still receive a nutritious meal each day, enhancing their overall well-being and educational prospects.

“These philanthropic endeavours highlight the importance of alumni networks and their potential to make a lasting impact on society. The Vanderbijlpark Young Alumni Chapter serves as an inspiration to others, showcasing the power of collective action and the difference it can make in the lives of underprivileged individuals,” said Prof Linda du Plessis, deputy vice-chancellor for planning and Vanderbijlpark Campus operations.

“By coming together and pooling their resources, alumni can create a ripple effect of positive change, enabling access to education and addressing challenges faced by marginalised communities,” she added.

Prof Du Plessis and Celeste Rossouw, acting director for stakeholder relations, gratefully accepted the cheques on behalf of the students.


From left are Zanele Ngobese, alumni relations practitioner, Innocentia Mphuthi, former chairperson of the Vanderbijlpark Young Alumni Chapter, Prof Linda du Plessis, deputy vice-chancellor for planning and Vanderbijlpark Campus operations, Morena Tsotetsi, current chairperson of the chapter, and Celeste Rossouw, acting director for stakeholder relations.

Submitted on Tue, 12/05/2023 - 14:12