UNICEF University of Johannesburg supports the Beira Orange Bus Campaign
UNICEF UJ club had the great opportunity to partner with the University of Johannesburg Division for Internationalisation and the UNICEF Techno Girls and Boys Educational Movement UJ club on the Beira Orange Bus Campaign.
Johannesburg -The UNICEF University of Johannesburg (UJ) club had the great opportunity to partner with the University of Johannesburg Division for Internationalisation (UJDVI) and the UNICEF Techno Girls and Boys Educational Movement (TechnoGBem) UJ club on the Beira Orange Bus Campaign.
Annually, the UJDVI has organised an “Africa By Bus” campaign whereby UJ students have the opportunity to travel to various African states by bus for a month making young people more aware about their continent. In light of Cyclone Idai which affected Mozambique in March 2019, the aforementioned entities joined together to secure donations which included sanitary pads, toiletries, non-perishable food items, blankets, tents and clothing items. This would form part as relief aid to the people affected by the cyclone in Beira, Mozambique.
On the 2nd of April the UJ Division for Internationalisation representative Nomfundo Makhubo, the Chairperson of UNICEF TechnoGBem UJ Club Bongani Dlamini and Tessa Klaas, the Chairperson of UNICEF UJ Club conducted an interview with UJFM in talks of the Beira Orange Bus Campaign, specifically on why the campaign is important and how the public and students could assist and be part of it. The UNICEF UJ volunteers mobilised on their own social media platforms sharing the Beira Orange Bus Initiative posters, information drop off locations on campus for donations, door-to-door visits at residences and informing people of Cyclone Idai.
Despite being in the midst of assessment week the UNICEF UJ Club volunteers remained dedicated and committed in ensuring that the residence visits were successful and were able to obtain considerable donations from students for the campaign. We would like to thank the UNICEF University of Witwatersrand Club volunteers for assisting with donations and the students of the University of Free State (UFS) for mobilising students at their campuses to donate to the campaign.
The UNICEF volunteer program has given the platform for the youth to actively make change and take action on their campuses, communities and be advocates for children’s rights, often using their own voices and sharing their own experiences.
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