DUT WRITING CENTRE HELPS THE NEEDY
By: Nobuntu Dlamini, Preleen Pillay and Melanie Ngema
Colleagues and volunteers from the Durban University of Technology’s Writing Centre gathered today at the City Campus to contribute their 67 minutes for Mandela Day.
Writing Centre colleagues and volunteers started their morning by preparing almost 200 sandwiches of peanut butter and jam to give to the homeless shelter in Durban. Volunteers from DUT’s M.L Sultan campus came to join in on the charitable affair.
Ola Bakre, one of the tutors, said that he considers Mandela Day as a day of sacrifice and of caring for the society.
“We want to give hope to the hopeless,” he said.
The first shelter that the DUT staff donated to was The Nest which is situated on Mahatma Ghandi Road and houses about 120 destitute children as well as adults.
Soswa Thomas, manager of the shelter said that it is a good thing to help the community.
“This donation of sandwiches and fruits is a great help as most of the people who reside at the Nest do not have jobs, even though they are often encouraged to find casual work,” he added.
After returning to campus, volunteers proceeded to Albert Park and the surrounding area where they picked up litter.
However, this is not the only charitable work done by the DUT Writing Centre. During Christmas last year, they successfully assisted some communities in various charity drives such as the Santa’s Shoe Box; where shoe boxes were filled with a variety of essentials including toiletries, stationary and toys.
During the recent xenophobic attacks that occurred in the Durban CBD, the Writing Centre tutors donated food packages to nearby refugee camps.
Joel Moodley from the Writing Centre said, “It does not matter what it cost, generosity comes from the heart and not from wealth.”
Manager of The Writing Centre, Andrea Alcock, will be dropping off more items at Umthombo Homeless Shelter in Umbilo this afternoon.