A charity drive hosted by Tuks FM in partnership with Menlyn Park, has resulted in a vast amount of goods collected for disadvantaged students of the University of Pretoria (UP).
The back to school campaign called upon students, residents of Pretoria and the business community to contribute groceries, toiletries and blankets, among others, which will be donated through Tuks FM, to UP’s Student Representative Council (SRC) to benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The official handover of goods took place at Tuks FM’s studios on Monday 28 May 2018.
Menlyn Park general manager, Olive Ndebele said the partnership with Tuks FM was part of their strategy to work with community media. “A lot of students aren’t financially able to support themselves. They may manage to pay their university fees, but can’t afford accommodation, food, stationery and toiletries. We thought we could get our customers to assist by donating items.”
She thanked Tuks FM and the community of the University of Pretoria for allowing Menlyn Park to be part of the initiative. “We are not just a shopping centre, we are about lifestyle, and lifestyle means also making positive contributions to the communities in which we operate. Students and education is something that is very close to our heart.”
Leanne Kunz, Tuks FM’s station manager said the station was very happy with the outcome of the campaign and would look to make the event an annual occurrence. “Tuks FM has always strived to improve the lives of the community it serves, a large part of which is made up of students of the University of Pretoria. We teamed up with Menlyn Park for this wonderful initiative because we understand that large parts of the student fraternity and their families are only just keeping their heads above water.”
“We are ecstatic to be able to help students in any way we can, and even though it’s just a drop in the ocean, every little bit helps. We hope to be able to lighten the load for these students so that they can focus all their attention on completing their studies and reaching their full potential, as opposed to worrying about their next meal,” Kunz said.
Above from left: Menlyn Park general manager, Olive Ndebele and Tuks FM sales manager, Jolene Harber with the donations received for the back to school charity drive.