By Philippa Bradbury & Nicola Haw
This year, Give 5’s goal is to raise R20 000, R1239 more than what was raised in 2008. Kerry Hibberd, Head of Give 5 for 2009 is extremely confident that they will reach this goal, as students this year have given more than ever before.
This year, the dining hall that donates the most money to Give 5 stands the chance of winning the Give 5 floating trophy as well as a formal dinner, sponsored by the Communication and Development division of Alumni house.
It is not yet known who is leading the competition between halls to donate the most money to Give 5. However, at this point, the donations from the Oppidans seem to be outnumbering the donations from all of the other halls.
Give 5 is not a project that aims to steal your change. Rather, the aim is to encourage the student body in particular to get involved in raising money toward a good cause. “We want students to realise their power in making a difference,” said Hibberd.
The Give 5 project was launched in 2003 to enable students to give R5 in support of various charities and to enable them to make a difference in society. Today, Give 5 has grown enormously, receiving funds from Rhodes Alumni. This has helped Give 5 to expand their projects significantly.Two years ago, Give 5 donated money to Luzuko Primary School in order to help replace stolen items and to renovate the school. In the past, Give 5 has also provided stationary packs and funding for students who are unable to afford such necessities themselves.
For more information about how you can get involved, contact Kerry Hibberd at email@example.com.