Peer Helpers lend a hand
Not many students take time off to help those in need. But students from NWU’s Mafikeng Campus who did just that, found that it is better to give than to receive.
The students are members of the Peer Helpers, an emotional support group for students at the University’s Guidance and Counselling Centre. The group under the leadership of senior student counsellor Ms Theresa Mokgoro, and in cooperation with school principal Mrs Makabanyana, used their own pocket money to buy school shoes and socks for underprivileged children at the Slurry Primary School.
On Friday, 1 June 2012, the students visited the school, some 20 km from Mafikeng. They were enthusiastically welcomed by Mrs Makabanyana and a crowd of youngsters singing joyful songs with vigour and excitement. The Helpers joined in and sang with the learners before introducing themselves and handing out 30 pairs of shoes and socks. All learners also received snacks.
Principal Makabanyane used the visit as an opportunity to light a candle of hope for the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
From left to right in the back row: Senior Student Counsellor Ms Theresa Mokgoro, Kamogelo Boikanyo, Miriam Feagwi, Refemetswe Davids, Maota Mojaki, Rebaone Rasekgantsho, Lehlogonolo Nkosi, Ms Makabanyana (Principal), Kokeletso Legoete, Thapologo Godi, Theophilius Ntate, Teacher Tshepo Mabe, Itumeleng Mogotsi, and Kgomotso Machuisa.
Oatshela Moleko donated a pair of shoes and socks to this little boy.