#Move4Food aims to end student hunger

“One student that goes hungry at Stellenbosch University is one too many.”

This is the essence of the #Move4Food campaign, a bold student-led initiative to raise R10 million in 100 days. The campaign will run from 20 August to 27 November 2018 and aims to raise support to create food banks at Stellenbosch University, thereby providing a sustainable solution over the next three years.

A recent study revealed that over 30% of university students around the country face hunger at certain periods during the academic year. Contrary to public perception, Stellenbosch University is not exempt from grappling with this issue.

Despite the announcements around fee-free education, the limitations on permissible costs result in funding gaps. These shortfalls and funding delays mean that many students do not have access to the basics, like food and toiletries. The period of vulnerability is intensified during the beginning of the academic year (during February – March) when students await the payment of their funding applications and at the end of the academic year (during October – November) when meal allowances run out in the crucial final exam period.

PLANNED FUNDING ACTIVITIES TO MEET #MOVE4FOOD R10M TARGET

In order to achieve the ambitious target, a multi-pronged approach has been developed to solicit the support of students, staff, alumni, donors and friends of the University.

  • Phase One: 20 August – 22 September 2018
    • Student activation, staff and alumni challenge to kick start Move4Food activities
    • Sign-ups for Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and setting up of fundraising pages
      • Key Dates and Activities
        • 20 August: Launch Day Fundraising Concert
        • 20-21 September: 24 hour Campus Giving Day
          • Special lunchbox built in student centre for collection of food items
          • 24 hour cyclathon
          • 24 hour telethon
          • 24 hour movie marathon
          • Acapella Fundraising Concert
        • 22-23 September: Sanlam Cape Town marathon
          • 140 runners signed up to raise awareness for #Move4Food
          • Over 30 active fundraisers on GivenGain page
          • ‘Gees’ teams competing for prize money that will be donated to Move4Food
        • Phase Two: 24 September – 31 October 2018
          • Donor matching challenge (corporates, individuals, trusts and foundations)
            • Appeal to regional and national donors to match funds raised by staff, students and alumni
          • Phase Three: 1 November – 27 November 2018
            • International donor matching challenge (corporates, individuals, trusts and foundations)
            • Campaign culminates on international Giving Tuesday: 27 November