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UP students begin walk from CT to PTA to raise R4m to fight student hunger and financial exclusion #Walk4Access

Staff Writer

Cape Town – 14 activists from the University of Pretoria left Cape Town on Thursday morning en route to the Union Buildings to raise funds for access to education. 

“The #Walk4Access is a peaceful, student-led, and student developed initiative that aims to rally global citizens around the real burdens of the cost of higher education,” reads the group’s description on online fundraising site Back A Buddy

“Specifically, the initiative aims to raise awareness and funds to address the financial exclusion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and to deal with issues of student hunger and housing,” continued the description.

The University of Pretoria has partnered with grouped and will to assist them with auditing services once the collection of funds has been completed. Rikus Delport who is a spokesperson at the university confirmed that the institution will support the initiative.

The group has appealed to the general public to donate R2 each for every day of the walk. They hope to reach Pretoria by 10 April where they will hand over a memorandum with a list of demands. 

The group managed to reach Paarl by midday on Thursday.

Thandolwethu Dlanga who is part of the group told Vernac News on Thursday evening that they were currently resting at a boy’s high school in Paarl after fundraising in the area.

“We had a fundraising session in the area to supplement the online and EFT funding,” said Dlanga.

You can follow their updates on Twitter @walk4access 

You can also donate to the group on Back A Buddy here.

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