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Farewell, Martie van der Linde, Martie van der LindeDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​Stellenbosch University's very own "queen of events" is no more. Martie van der Linde, Stewardship Manager within the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR), passed away unexpectedly at her home in Onrusrivier in the early hours of Tuesday, 14 August.<br></p><p>Martie was a well-known staff member at SU for over 22 years - starting off as a personal assistant, then working her way up to become Head: Events and Public Relations at the Corporate Communications Division, before moving to the DAR Division in 2015. During her time at SU, she organised the inauguration of three SU Rectors, Professors Chris Brink, Russel Botman and Wim de Villiers and two Chancellors, Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert and Dr Johann Rupert. She was even called upon to organise the funerals of Chancellors, Prof Elize Botha and Dr Van Zyl Slabbert as well as former Rector Prof Botman.</p><p>“Our deepest condolences to Martie's loved ones. She was a legend at Stellenbosch University  – an absolute institution. She was incredibly loyal and provided long years of excellent service to the University. But besides her professionalism, we will also miss her bubbly personality and can-do attitude. It's a great loss to all of us," SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers said. </p><p>Prof Niel Krige, Chairperson of the Development Office, with whom Martie worked closely since 2015, said Martie is irreplaceable. “In many ways she was the public face of the University for so many years, and a beloved colleague in the Development & Alumni Relations Division. We all have fond memories of her infectious zest for life, professionalism, creativity, and enormous empathy." </p><p>Martie joined the DAR team in April 2015, not long after her 60th birthday. Her role was that of Stewardship Manager of the major individual donors to the University and she arrived with great ideas and her signature enthusiasm, recalled Karen Bruns, DAR's Senior Director.</p><p>"Although Martie had had many dealings with the advancement function of the University over a number of years, fundraising was a new arena to her – not quite marketing, not quite communications, and yet something for which she was infinitely suited. And she was keen to learn, to grow, and to explore.</p><p>"In 2016, we launched the Chancellor's Circle, the donor circle of which Martie was custodian, artfully and with clear purpose, in her signature style. She was an integral support to Prof Krige and the two of them spent many hours developing the practices and protocols for donor engagement – setting a new standard for the University in this area."</p><p>Bruns said Martie brought experience but also great freshness to the Division, always willing to engage in new thinking and to test new ways of doing things, often challenging her much younger colleagues to think more "out of the box". </p><p>"Ever charming and fun to be around, the events that Martie organised were stylish, flawless and the highlights of the Rector's calendar. We are devastated by her sudden passing and know that her irreplaceable spark will be missed by all her colleagues, the donors and alumni with whom she regularly engaged, and the whole University community," Bruns added.</p><p>Susan van der Merwe, Director: Communication and Stakeholder Relations, who worked with her for more than 12 years in the then Marketing and Communication division, said Martie will be remembered for her forever-young spirit. “She could picture an event in her mind and could make it happen in a very detailed and creative way. Martie gave special flair to the inaugurations of Stellenbosch University's Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, but was equally at home at student events such as the Diversity Week's Festival of Colours. She was a gracious and graceful lady."</p><ul><li>The family will confirm memorial dates at a later stage.<br></li><li><em>Photographer: Stefan Els</em><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Art lover leaves over R1 million for bursaries lover leaves over R1 million for bursariesDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>The name Henk Seymore will live on, thanks to a bequest of R1 169 834.14, which he left to Stellenbosch University (SU) earlier this year.​</p><p>Seymore, an individual donor at SU, died in January this year and left almost his entire estate for bursaries. As stated in his will, the University will use this generous bequest to award bursaries, known as Henk Seymore bursaries, to students in the Department of Visual Arts.<br></p><p>According to Mr Hugo Steyn, Manager: Individual Donations at SU, Seymore was not a Matie alumnus, but he had a great deal of love for the visual arts. Seymore, from Riebeek West, was himself an artist in his spare time and worked in the advertising industry prior to his retirement.</p><p>“The University is very grateful and regards this bequest as a gift for the next generation,” Steyn said. “Bequests have the potential to change lives and here we have a perfect example,” he added.</p><p>According to Steyn, the Henk Seymore bursaries will probably be awarded as soon as next year.</p><p>Prof Elizabeth Gunter, chairperson of SU’s Visual Arts Department, said they are very grateful for this donation and will definitely use the funds as Mr Seymore wanted.</p><ul><li><em>For more information about bequests, please contact Hugo Steyn at tel 021 808 3615 or via e-mail at <a href=""></a>.</em></li></ul><p><br></p>
Prof Sampie's bursary legacy Sampie's bursary legacyDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>As a much-loved and legendary lecturer at Stellenbosch University (SU), Prof Sampie Terreblanche has shaped many young minds to become thought leaders, and now, thanks to the Sampie Terreblanche Bursary Fund, this late veteran political economist and academic will continue to inspire students.​</p><p>The Sampie Terreblanche Bursary Fund has recently been established after ‘Prof Sampie’, as he was known, left R250 000 for bursaries in his will. These bursaries will initially be available to disadvantaged and deserving postgraduate students in Economics who have passed undergraduate subjects such as Political Science, Philosophy and History.<br></p><p>His children also undertook to contribute to the bursary fund.</p><p>“Our dad’s lifelong commitment to the academic world remains an inspiration to us. Therefore, his children would like to add to this fund in the coming years so as to fulfil his wish of reducing unequal access to postgraduate studies,” said his daughter, Christelle Terreblanche.</p><p>Prof Terreblanche passed away in February this year at the age of 84. His academic career at SU spanned half of the 90-year existence of its Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Faculty and when he retired in 2011, Prof Sampie concluded an uninterrupted career of 54 years as lecturer in Economics. Many prominent economists have attributed their success to this innovative thinker and well-loved professor.</p><p>Prof Sampie also became known for his participation in party politics and served on various national bodies, which allowed him to be involved in policy-making. Following his resignation from the then National Party in 1987, he became one of the party’s fiercest critics. Prof Sampie was a founder member of the then Democratic Party and the first economic adviser to the party, but decided to retire from party politics a year later. He was the author of various books, including <em>A History of Inequality in South Africa, 1652–2002</em>, chapters in books, as well as articles in newspapers and scientific journals.</p><p>Prof Terreblanche received many accolades for his lifelong contribution to Economics as a field of study, as well as for the leading role he played in a deepened understanding of the political economy and of South Africa’s economic history.</p><p>In 2015, Prof Terreblanche received an honorary degree from SU for his outstanding contribution as a profound analyst of Western socio-economic systems, emphasising social improvement for all in many directional publications, his fearless advocacy for an end to apartheid and inequality in South Africa, and his indelible impact on many economics students as an inspirational lecturer.<br></p><p><br></p>
Het Jan Marais Fund donates over R10m to SU Jan Marais Fund donates over R10m to SUDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>Students in need of bursaries, as well as various projects at Stellenbosch University (SU) will soon benefit from a financial injection of over R10 million donated to SU this year by the Jan Marais National Fund (“Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds”).​</p><p>Of the R10-million donation, R5 million has been earmarked for emergency fund bursaries, while R5 180 000 will go to SU projects, including the Matie Community Service, Botanical Garden, Law Clinic and University Choir. The emergency fund bursaries will be awarded in the course of 2018 according to the guidelines of the donation to deserving Afrikaans speaking under- and postgraduate students who qualify for them.<br></p><p>“It is always gladdening to receive donations that can help us make a real difference – even more so in our Centenary year – and especially from one of our donors who, as it were, ensured the existence of SU,” says Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers.</p><p>“The long-standing relationship between SU and the Jan Marais National Funds will always be very dear to us. Our partnership dates back over 100 years to 1915, when Jan Marais – SU’s first official donor – bequeathed £100 000 officially to establish Stellenbosch University.”</p><p>The HJMNF annually donates over R25 million to university programmes, schools, hospitals, culture projects, law clinics and various other welfare organisations and projects especially in Stellenbosch. Through its involvement with, among others, the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) and support to performing artists, the Fund has extended its aid across the country.</p><p>According to Prof de Villiers, the University receives a powerful boost through this generous donation by the HJMNF. “Donors play an important role in ensuring that SU remains an established institution with an excellent performance history in all three its core functions. They help us to provide quality higher education and deliver world-class graduates who are ready and able to assist in building a strong South African economy.”</p><p>Prof de Villiers stresses the critical importance of bursary funding and says it remains a priority at SU to provide bursaries to financially needy students, despite government’s announcement in 2017 that all first-year university students from households earning less than R350 000 per year will receive financing.</p><p>“We still need to face the reality of a shortage of funds for students who do not qualify for government assistance. These are students who are in their second year of study, the so-called missing middle students, with a household income from R600 000, as well as postgraduate students,” he adds.<br></p><p><br></p>
Eskom funding keeps higher education dreams alive funding keeps higher education dreams aliveDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​<span lang="EN-US">Fifty deserving high-school students will win a second chance to improve their National Senior Certificate (NSC) marks so they can gain access to university education thanks to a generous donation made by the Eskom Development Fund to an innovative programme run by the Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP).</span>​<br></p><p>The students, who will be selected from more than 800 high-school pupils with educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who apply for the opportunity across the country each year, will be accommodated, provided with two meals a day and enrolled on the Science and Mathematics at <strong><a href="/english/faculty/education/suncep/university-preparation-programmes-(upp)/scimathus" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stellenbosch University (SciMathUS) programme.</a></strong></p><p>Joining about 50 others on the one-year programme, the Eskom-funded students will receive training so that they can fulfil their academic dreams, which may have been denied due to hardship at home and school. The goal is to help them to retake their NSC examinations in Mathematics and Physical Science or Accounting, enabling them to enter university.</p><p>The SciMathUS programme, which is presented in Afrikaans and English, ​​​​​adopts an active learning ap​proach in which students take responsibility for their own educational development – acquiring reasoning, interpersonal and problem-solving skills as part of an academic literacy course. </p><p>Since its inception in 2001, the programme has helped more than 1,100 students to improve their Grade 12 marks in Mathematics and Physical Science by an average of 15 percentage points and put them on the path to gaining undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and fulfilling careers. SciMathUS’s alumni have included medical doctors, physiotherapists, speech therapists, teachers, engineers, agriculturists, accountants, food scientists and academics.</p><p>Eskom’s support, which started in 2013, also extends to offering work placements to many of the programme’s former students who are accepted to study engineering at university and, upon graduation, jobs at the national power utility.</p><p>The SciMathUS programme offers two streams – Science and Accounting – for applicants who must have recently taken their NSCs and achieved a minimum mark in the subjects they wish to improve. Those who qualify for the Science stream are supported in redoing two core subjects, Mathematics and Physics. Those who enter Accounting rewrite the NSC in Mathematics only, while also taking introductory modules in either Accounting or Economics which are assessed by the university as part of an extended degree programme in its Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. All students also undertake complimentary subjects which include Academic Literacy and Computer Literacy.</p><p>The synergy between the programme and Maties extends beyond the structural and pedagogic support offered during the course itself – 75% of the students who complete the year subsequently enroll as undergraduates at Stellenbosch University, with most of the others joining different higher education institutions.</p><p>“Once they come to Stellenbosch University, they experience the hype and buzz of student life – while others prefer to study closer to home,” says SciMathUS Programme Manager Nokwanda Siyengo.</p><p>Whatever the students’ individual preferences, SciMathUS offers a holistic approach to personal and educational development which seeks to nurture confidence and talent. The programme aims to empower its alumni as individuals and access higher education and the formal economy by helping them to make informed career choices.</p><p>Data on the academic achievements of former SciMathUS students at Maties indicates the scale of the programme’s success. More than 200 obtained degrees at Stellenbosch University between 2005 and 2017, of whom 45 obtained a second qualification (degree or diploma) at Maties. More than 10 of these students went on to win a third qualification and two were awarded doctorates.</p><p>In its quest for inclusivity, catering to all educationally disadvantaged South African students, SciMathUS has established a national footprint, says Nokwanda Siyengo. It has also identified great need for the kinds of bridging training and empowerment that if offers, both from potential employers, such as Eskom, and from potential students.</p><p>In fact, the capacity of the programme is capped by the amount of pooled funding received and the number of students trained has tended to fluctuate, starting with about 42 in the first year, and rising to 125, before settling at the present level of about 100 students a year.</p><p>“The environment in which we work is shaped by our dependence on soft funding in a fast-moving corporate world,” explains SUNCEP Director Trevor van Louw, “If we get more funding, we can cater to more students.”</p><p>The number of deserving, educationally disadvantaged pupils who cannot gain entry to university means you could have a SciMathUS with as many as 1,000 students, says van Louw, who views the programme as part of a larger, national discussion on the problem of access to higher education. <br></p><p><br> </p>
Student funding remains crucial, Rector tells partners funding remains crucial, Rector tells partnersDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​We still need your support. This was Prof Wim de Villiers’s message to donors at two business breakfast events held earlier this year in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively, where he urged the private sector to continue its partnership with Stellenbosch University (SU).​<br></p><p>“The primary thrust of the events was to clarify the University’s position in relation to the Presidential announcement of 16 December 2017 around fee-free higher education and the very real impact this has had and continues to have on students and institutions as a whole,” said Sarah Archer, Director of Fundraising in SU’s Development and Alumni Relations Division.</p><p>Prof de Villiers told both audiences that student funding remains crucial and that donor support was still needed for a substantial group of students. “Recent developments around the issue of free higher education have raised some questions regarding continued investment from our partners. This follows the announcement by former President Jacob Zuma that fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans would be phased in from 2018,” he said.</p><p>According to Prof de Villiers, there are three reasons why this does not mean the private sector now no longer need to support higher education, particularly through bursaries.</p><p>“Firstly, questions remain about the ability of the state to fund this intervention sustainably in the long run, as pointed out by the Heher Commission, whose report was disregarded. Coupled with this, there are concerns about the practical rollout of the system, in light of ongoing problems with the administration of state funding, both to institutions and to students directly.  Secondly, not all students in need of financial support manage to secure state funding, for a variety of reasons. And thirdly, those students who do receive state support still experience a shortfall. The perception is that the government support is full cost – but there are caps on each component of university cost, resulting in gaps that students are unable to cover themselves.”</p><p>According to De Villiers, the gaps in funding means there are still too many students graduating with crippling debt, which severely hampers their transition into the working world. “The government’s contribution basically only covers the tuition fees of students, but students need to live somewhere, or travel to class, they need to eat, buy books and data to access information. These costs are often overlooked, but no student can survive without that,” he added.</p><p>Prof de Villiers subsequently thanked donors who have played a significant role in helping SU and its students succeed. “Donors have been the lifeblood of our institution and we thank everyone who has helped to shape Stellenbosch University and cement its reputation as a world-class academic institution.”<br></p><p><br></p>
Ensuring a brighter Tomorrow a brighter TomorrowDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​The future looks bright for six Matie students who have received bursaries from the Tomorrow Trust, a generous Stellenbosch University (SU) donor and non-profit organisation that was started in 2005 to support high need, high potential children throughout their educational journey.​<br></p><p>Thanks to these bursaries, the recipients – who would not, had the opportunity to attend university due to financial constraints and whose study fields range from Medicine and Economics to Agriculture - will get the opportunity to reach their full potential as self-sustaining and proactive members of society.</p><p>"Education for us is the vehicle that drives change in the lives of individuals, in a way that allows them to better their own circumstances, their families’ lives, their communities as well as contribute on a macro-level to the South African economy," says Stacey Rontiris, Head of Post-Secondary & Counselling Psychologist at the Tomorrow Trust.</p><p>"The approach that we take towards education is not only academic but rather focuses on supporting students in a holistic manner, allowing them to grow in a way so that they may become self-sustainable, independent individuals. This is done in many ways through our various programmes, but our ultimate goal is always to help our students be the best versions of themselves. We do not have a 'one shoe fits all' policy, but rather provide individualised and tailored support for each learner," Rontiris adds.</p><p>According to Rontiris, the Tomorrow Trust has supported a small number of students at SU since 2013, but this year decided to support a larger cohort.</p><p>She says they made this decision following the impressive direction the University has taken over the past few years, coupled with the calibre of Maties students they have come across. "In collaborating, we have been particularly happy with the consistent and continued support we have seen the students receive, as well as the commitment and dedication of the staff we have worked with thus far. All of these factors combined made it very easy for us to decide that we wanted to focus more on Stellenbosch University and we look forward to growing our relationship over the next few years."</p><p>She says the cohort of students that they have offered bursaries to this year will hopefully be the foundation of their base in the Western Cape. "Our bursaries are for the entire duration of a student’s studies and are automatically renewed each year as long as the students pass, and meet certain other requirements," she explains.</p><p>She says they handle bursary applications on a case-by-case basis. "While our application form has some criteria, we treat each applicant as an individual and consider all factors influencing the student’s life before making a decision. We do not automatically exclude applications based on academic performance or family income. We take a more human approach to our application process and generally look for students who are high in need and who have high potential."</p><p>The bursary recipients will also get the opportunity to pay it forward once they have reached their full potential. "All students who graduate from the Tomorrow Trust Post-Secondary Department enter our Alumni programme. Our Alumni are committed to giving back in some way to our current students, be it financially or through mentoring or tutoring of other students," Rontiris says.</p><p>She stresses they want to work with students who are not only driven and determined to improve themselves and their circumstances for the better, but who are also hungry to learn and who will grab all opportunities that come their way. “Our model has shown over the years that when students enter the programme, no matter their current academic performance, as long as they are open to growing, they will do so on an academic and a personal level.”</p><ul><li><em>For more on the Tomorrow Trust: <a href=""></a></em></li><li><em>Photo: <em>Stacey Rontiris and some of the bursary recipients.</em></em></li></ul><p><br> </p>
Generations of support for Stellenbosch University of support for Stellenbosch UniversityDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​Few families can claim an historical bond with Stellenbosch University as long and strong as that fostered by the Roos dynasty. Four generations of the family have studied at the university since the nineteenth century and five generations of the clan have supported students at Maties through full and partial bursaries for almost a hundred years. ​<br></p><p>Since 1987, when Gideon Roos Snr renewed a philanthropic relationship that had been initiated by his grandfather almost 70 years earlier, the family has sought to provide financial support to science, law and music students at the university – offering the scholars the opportunities for success that successive members of the Roos family have themselves enjoyed.</p><p>The bursary fund provided by the family was renewed 40 years ago after Gideon Roos Snr was shocked to discover that the endowment, which had been established by his grandfather in memory of his brother, no longer existed as a stand-alone fund after its capital base had eroded over the decades, forcing the university to combine it with other relatively small donations.</p><p>Roos, who had graduated with a law degree from Stellenbosch in 1930, was determined to revive the family’s support for students in need and established a new trust to provide bursaries.</p><p>In recent years, one-third of the money from the bursary fund has been allocated to support science and law students; one-third has been used to subsidise a music bursary established in honour of Gideon Roos Snr’s wife, the singer and actress Esther Mentz; and one-third has been dedicated to support scholars from the Paul Roos Gymnasium in town.</p><p>The deserving law, music and social science students are chosen by the university; while Paul Roos Gymnasium, which is named after the father of the trust’s founder and its one-time rector – former Springbok captain, Paul Roos – selects the deserving scholars.</p><p>The fund has evolved over the years and expanded to further areas of support but Stellenbosch University has remained its focus. </p><p>The trust’s founder, who became director-general of the South African state broadcaster now known as the SABC, attributed many of what he later achieved to the full Rhodes scholarship from Oxford University that he was granted to complete his postgraduate studies. In establishing the bursary fund, he sought to create similar opportunities for students in need of financial assistance to further their studies.</p><p>After Gideon Snr’s death in 1999, the fund was managed by his two sons, Gideon Jnr and Paul, and two independent trustees, before they too died, in 2014 and 2017 respectively, and their sons, in turn, joined as trustees. The accession of a new generation of the Roos family to the board has sparked further renewal of the fund’s focus and purpose.</p><p>Until recently, its support was dispersed through a relatively large number of smaller donations. Although the education of many students was subsidised, they each received only a relatively small contribution to their financial needs.  Accordingly, the trustees decided that, from the next academic year and in line with the original wishes of Gideon Roos Snr, the allocations from the fund should rather be used to provide a full bursary to qualifying students.</p><p>In other words, although fewer bursaries will be awarded, they will cover all the costs associated with the fields of study for the selected academically deserving students in financial need. These will be selected by the university in the fields of law, music and agricultural science. </p><p>“The future of the bursary fund will thus be to have a greater impact on selected students’ lives by creating similar opportunities to those that Gideon Roos experienced in 1934 when he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship [to study at Oxford University),” said Maties alumnus and bursary fund trustee Faans Roos, who is the son of Gideon Roos Jnr.</p><p>According to Karen Bruns, Senior Director: Development and Alumni Relations, many students’ lives have been changed through the generosity of the Roos family. "We are grateful for the support we have received from the Gideon Roos Bursary Fund and look forward to continuing our partnership."<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Join the SU100 #Move4Food movement to support our Maties the SU100 #Move4Food movement to support our MatiesDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​​​Everybody thinks about food every day. <br></p><p>We can all identify with thoughts like “what meals am I going to make today?", “what groceries do I need to buy", “time to start my diet again"… etc. </p><p>These are not the thoughts about food of a student who is struggling with the glaring realities of food insecurity. </p><p>“I hope my friend offers to share his lunch with me today", “how am I going to be able to focus in class", “no one cares about me."</p><p>Those are the thoughts running through the minds of hungry students across university campuses around the country - and Stellenbosch University (SU) is no exception. </p><p>“Being a Matie is an incredible experience – and we want all students to have access to the same opportunities. No student on campus should go hungry – or not have basic necessities during their time here," says Ben Moolman, current SRC representative responsible for Strategic Initiatives and Leadership Development. </p><p>“We want to create a sustainable solution for students on campus – the need is greater than food – but food is the most pressing need," he adds. </p><p>The #Move4Food campaign is a student led initiative that aims to create food banks on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses, with an ambitious target. They aim to raise R10 million in donations (cash and goods) to ensure that for the next three years, no SU student will have to bear the indignity of going hungry. </p><p>With the recent announcement of fee-free education, there is a general perception that needy students receive financial support that covers all their university costs. “Not so," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations. </p><p>“There are caps on each expense component, like tuition, accommodation and food allowances. This results in shortfalls that the student is still liable for. The most pressing times for students are at the beginning of the year, when students are still waiting for funding to be approved and just before final exams, when the food allowances dry up," explains Bruns. </p><p><strong>Will you #Move4Food with us? </strong></p><p>If you're wondering what you can do to help, we need you to put on your running shoes!</p><p>SU has partnered with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, taking place on <strong>22 and 23 September,</strong> to galvanise staff, students, alumni and friends of SU to raise support for a Food Bank on our Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses.</p><p><strong>How to sign up:</strong></p><ul><li>If you've already bought your ticket to the marathon, you can sign up to the #Move4Food Maties team by sending an email to <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href=""></a></span>​.<br></li><li>If you haven't signed up yet, we've secured a 25% discount on the entry tickets for the 42.2km and 10km races. There are also tickets available for the 5km and trail runs.  <br></li><ul><li>Send an email to <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href=""></a></span> and we will send you a voucher code which you can use to register on the Cape Town Marathon website.  </li><li>Once registered, you will then receive further information on how you too can raise funds from your friends and family to help fellow Maties reach their finish line. </li></ul></ul><p>Whether you do the 10km, or the full marathon of 42.2km, or the peace or trial runs, you will be striving to achieve your personal best while helping fellow Maties to do the same.<br></p><p>Let's end student hunger once and for all as we #Move4Food.<br></p><ul><li><em>​Photo: SU alumna, Elana Meyer has challenged the Rector to run the marathon. </em><br></li><li><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5779" target="_blank" title="More info"><i><strong>More information about the SU100 #Move4Food campaign​</strong></i><br></a></li></ul><br>
More information about the SU100 #Move4Food campaign information about the SU100 #Move4Food campaignDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p><strong>​​1.</strong>       <strong>Why the SU100 #Move4Food campaign?</strong></p><p>The Move4Food campaign has evolved following our successful #SU99 campaign, which aimed at alleviating student debt. We were able to raise over R1 million to help some of our graduates enter the world of work without the burden of debt on their shoulders. </p><p>We've since been working closely with our student communities in determining what are the core needs on campus that we can help to address. And the issue of food security has come up quite strongly. </p><p><strong>2.</strong>       <strong>Is food security really an issue for Stellenbosch University? </strong></p><p>Yes it is. </p><p>There is a general perception that students at Stellenbosch University is fully funded, but that is not the case. </p><p>Despite the announcements around 'Fee Free Education', the limitations on permissible costs result in funding gaps. </p><p>These shortfalls and funding delays mean that many students do not have access to the basics, like food and toiletries.  </p><p>As part of our centenary activities, we are mobilising our SU100 #Move4Food campaign around the establishment of Food Banks on both the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses.  </p><p>Our aim is to provide a sustainable model whereby students have access to things they need in a dignified and destigmatised manner and in turn to further grow the culture of Ubuntu amongst our students.</p><p><strong>3.</strong>       <strong>Why the link to the Cape Town Marathon? (22 and 23 September 2018)</strong></p><p>The 14<sup>th</sup> of June marked 100 days until the 2018 Cape Town Marathon. </p><p>2018 seems to be the year to celebrate centenaries: Sanlam is celebrating their 100<sup>th</sup> year, as is Stellenbosch University. It's also the Nelson Mandela Centennial commemoration. </p><p>In the spirit of legacy and getting involved in positive change, we want to invite our staff, students and alumni to do something special to help our Maties win their academic race. We don't just want people to run for the cause – we want to challenge them to participate in peer to peer fundraising so that we can develop a sustainable solution to this issue. </p><p><strong>4.</strong>       <strong>What exactly is Peer to Peer fundraising? </strong></p><p>In simple terms, it's crowdfunding within your immediate circles of influence. When you commit yourself to a cause and take some action, commit to some movement, you inspire others around you. </p><p>You become an influencer. </p><p>So people are likely to get behind your cause because they believe in you and what you're doing. </p><p>Here's an example of a <strong>GivenGain page: </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong> </strong>by an SU staff member who will be running the 10km. </p><p>Earlier this year, alumni cycled with the Rector to raise money for bursaries. Now he is ready to tackle the Sanlam marathon (the 42.2km) to champion a worthy cause once again. <br></p><p><br></p>