Wednesday, 02 August 2006

Student Affairs open their hearts

The Student Affairs Department of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on the Cape Town campus donated a brand new jungle gym valued at R9000 to the children of the Rainbow Educare Centre in Paarl.

Dedicated staff members hosted a “kidz” party to celebrate the arrival of the jungle gym. Student Affairs donated additional goods that included toys, educational posters and stationery to the centre on the day of the party. These donations were handed over by Dr Piet Louw, Head of Student Affairs.

The party was held as part of a community outreach project initiated by Student Development officer Ms Anette Grobler. “Tertiary institutions in South Africa must get involved in community partnerships. It benefits the community, and students who work on the projects gain valuable experience” said Ms Grobler.

In-service training students, Lieze-Ann van der Merwe and Suzanne Verburg were dressed like clowns and entertained the children at the party. Mr Derek Stocken and Mr Kurt Mitchell from Student Media provided the music for the party. Local residents in Paarl donated their time and money to give the children the best possible party by preparing the party food that included marshmallow popcorn balls, cup cakes and other sweets. The children chased the clowns with their sticky fingers.

Ms Iona Martins is the principal of the educare centre. She praised CPUT for acting on the needs of the community.

Written by CPUT News