By Mpho Rathando
Takalani Foundation’s first fundraising gala dinner, held at the University of Johannesburg on 8th July this year was nothing short of tremendous success. Over eighty-five people attended the function, raising over R63 000.
The function which was characterized by speeches, testimonies, books auction and good music is one of many ways through which Takalani Foundation seek to raise funds towards helping those who are struggling to make their ways through to various academic institutions, as well as those who are facing challenges as they are pursuing their studies.
The key note speech delivered by Dr Roche Mamabolo kept everyone nodding as a sign of comprehending the message. Dr Mamabolo’s touching and influential words brought tears of joy to most of the guests, challenging them to rethink how to navigate to the future in light of the fourth industrial revolution.
Takalani Foundation’s president, Rendani Mamphiswana was quick to extend his gratitude to everyone in attendance, highlighting that everyone’s contributions will go a long way in ensuring access to higher education for underprivileged and deserving students. “Thanks tons to everyone who supported us and we encourage everyone else to lend their helping hands in developing our country through education. Education, at this moment remains our best and quickest way to save our people from poverty” Mamphiswana said.
Testifying during the function, Mulweli Matini who is a first year mining engineering student at the University of the Witwatersrand kept everyone bustling when describing how appreciative he is to the foundation as it made him see the light to its brightest. “I cannot thank Takalani Foundation enough. I am truly indebted to them. I am from a very poor family and had nothing to take me through to the university. I didn’t even have money to send through my application to the university, let alone making the right career choice. Standing here today with a smile on my face is a blessing. I thank Takalani Foundation for the good gesture extended to me.” Mulweli said.
Mulweli Matini is one of many students across the country under the care of Takalani Foundation. The foundation, which is non-profit, also helps learners from primary and secondary schools in various ways, from giving them books to helping them choose careers that suit their abilities and ambitions.
Everyone is encouraged to make any contributions towards the common goal, thus helping deserving learners/students to realise their dreams through education. Any amount of money, books or pledges towards building libraries are welcome. To find more information on how you can contribute, visit the foundation’s website: www.takalanifoundation.org.