This is a movement initiated by students, for students. It started with one of the students, recognising the plight of fellow students, struggling on a daily basis to make ends meet. Often students will not have conducive living arrangements, can’t afford decent meals and would often tackle a full academic day without breakfast. Many don’t have any local family support and has continuous stress about covering academic and personal expenses. Imagine the kind of perseverance required to complete your studies, under such conditions? Often, very competent students then don’t return for their next academic year, due to lack of funds. Compelled to try and do something about this situation, StudyTrust, a bursary organisation, was approached with the idea to embark on a challenging walk in order to raise bursary funding. StudyTrust made current bursary beneficiaries aware of this idea, and received an overwhelming response with 134 students signing up, wanting to plough back and make a difference to the lives of future students. The group consists of 15 students that will embark on the 1000km walk.
We recognise how vital the education of our generation (and every generation) is to build South Africa and believe that both public and private sector needs to address this issue.