By Takudzwa Makoni & Dale Munatswa
The Durban University of Technology, in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Design’s Community Outreach Programme today hosted the first ever charity Knit-a-thon, proving that all one really needs to do to make a difference, is to show up.
Students from across the DUT campuses donated their time to knit woollen squares in the faculties Writing Centre. The squares will then be donated to Kerr House, a shelter for women in crisis.
The location of the shelter is a secret, as a lot of these women are fleeing untenable situations, and relies on donations from the public.
Denise Engelbrecht a volunteer, working with Kerr House said, “We give women who are out of options a second chance. It’s amazing to see so many young people joining in and contributing,”.
Andrea Alcock, who runs the Writing Centre and co-ordinated the event, was pleased at the turn out, and emphasised that initiatives such as these were important in producing good citizens, and not just good students.
The event was a success and students were pleased to have made a contribution towards improving the lives of those in need. Sinqobile Mbuyazi, a student volunteer said that she only wished that this programme could be hosted every week