The #R10GoesALongWay movement, in partnership with the Fundi Foundation – a South African non-profit organisation (NPO), launched the second phase of its crowdfunding initiative in November 2021, which sets out to help even more students overcome South Africa’s ongoing tertiary registration fee crisis.
As part of its second phase, the initiative, started by influencer, Lasizwe Dambuza, calls on South Africans to help university students who can’t afford their registration fees for the next academic year by contributing as little as R10 towards the initiative.
Vuma, South Africa’s leading fibre provider, was one of the #R10GoesALongWay 2.0 launch event’s first sponsors on-board, enabling more community members to connect to the initiative and donate.
Using the same crowdfunding technique as the previous round, which raises small amounts of money from many individuals, the initiative aims to help countless students in their efforts to register for their next year of study and go on to start the career they’ve worked so hard towards.
“Working with the #R10GoesALongWay initiative was an immediate and natural fit for us, given our commitment to finding solutions to help South Africa’s youth achieve their potential,” says Mala Suriah, CMO of Fundi. “The initiative has made significant progress toward achieving its goals, and now it is up to the rest of South Africa to help make a prosperous future a reality for our youth.”
The #R10GoesALongWay 2.0 launch follows the initiative’s successful first phase in March this year, which helped 106 highly deserving students access quality education after raising over R2.3 million.
“I feel that this initiative will impact countless people positively and has already uplifted me by giving me hope that was lost,” says Mandisa Mnguni, Fundi Foundation recipient and psychology student at the South African College of Applied Psychology. “I wasn’t going to raise the money for my registration in time, so winning the draw and having my registration fees paid gave me a chance because today I am studying towards the degree I have been longing for.”
Vuma was one of the first corporates to get involved in #R10GoesALongWay after it launched in March when it donated funds towards the cause.
The initiative aligns with the provider’s core value of providing opportunities to as many South Africans as possible – because we can, must – continually enabling ordinary people to achieve the extraordinary. This commitment’s best illustration is Vuma’s Fibre to Schools programme, which has connected more than 470 registered primary and high schools to free 1Gbps fibre broadband internet. The Fibre to Schools project has empowered more than 320,000 young people and teachers with access to the boundless opportunities of the internet.
“Vuma believes in creating a world where every child has the opportunity to connect to quality education and is empowered to create the future they imagine for themselves,” says Taylor Kwong, CSI Manager at Vuma. “We’re proud to be a connectivity partner of the #R10GoesALongWay event and a funder of the campaign’s second phase.”