The Student Representative Council (SRC) finds itself in a precarious position whereby a large number of our talented students are facing financial exclusion from this great University even after proving academic prowess in a very challenging environment. Therefore the SRC would like to make a humble appeal to all sectors of our society to assist us in our goal to give all students an equal chance to academic success. The primary aim of the SRC Humanitarian Fund, was to create a purse that would address and meet financial burdens when approached by those who come from poor backgrounds unable to meet their most basic necessities.
The Humanitarian Fund has proved in the past to be a great help to those in need of financial aid. The SRC is therefore pursuing restructuring the fund into an investment fund, more formally defined as an endowment. The benefit of this will see a perpetual constant stream of income to the fund, however for this income to have any sort of value to students, a large amount of capital will need to be raised through members of the public but most importantly members of the Wits community, and in particular Wits alumni. The 1 Million 1 Month Campaign falls under the domain of the Humanitarian Fund, and whilst the campaign was a great success as an urgent response by students for students, it is the SRC’s greatest hope to succeed in creating a Fund that will continue to function in the years to come. The SRC also hopes that over the years, students will know that they can rely on this Fund and investors can rely on this Fund to offer a direct link to students and to help them to pursue their education.
In the words of the first ambassador of the Humanitarian Fund, Wits alumnus and former member of the Wits SRC, world renowned human rights activist and lawyer of Nelson Mandela, Advocate George Bizos “To be deprived of the right to learn because you are poor is uncivilized.”Fundraise for this Charity