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Wellness Challenge for Louise and UWC

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Lockdown has been tough for everyone and we have all had to find a way to cope with the challenges. For me, a cupcake with a nice cup of tea in the afternoon has been a big part of my emotional support. But without my normal exercise from aikido, I can feel that I'm not quite myself.

To tackle this, I am taking on the "Cure for Lockdown Wellness Challenge" and will commit to 3 weeks of getting my mind and body back on track through increased exercise and decreased cupcakes.

I hope you will sponsor my efforts which will help disadvantaged students at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. With restricted access to the Campus due to the pandemic, over 30% of their 24,000 students need extra help to access data and devices so they can continue their studies at this iconic university that has had its roots in serving the public good in South Africa for the last 60 years.

UWC is producing some of Africa's next great leaders across health, law, finance and entrepreneurship but they need our help. Many are from disadvantaged backgrounds or are the first in family to attend university.

Please support me and UWC as I emerge from lockdown by donating to my challenge. My goal is to raise at least £250/NZ$500/R5,000 which will ease the burden of one student but the global campaign has a target of £25,000/NZ$50,000 so please share it with others you think might want to help too. Thank you.



  • May 13, 2021 - USD $ 14.16
  • "Good luck with the Wellness challenge" - Marie Parker

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Donations to date

R 199.96

Fundraising target

R 5 000.00

The University of the Western Cape

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The University of the Western Cape (UWC) was founded in 1960 and occupies a unique space in the South African higher education landscape. It is a dynamic institution committed to excellence in learning, teaching, research and innovation in a globally competitive environment whilst remaining true to the values and ethos that have shaped its identity as a university rooted in serving the public good.

The University employs 2400 academic, professional and support staff. UWC is home to more than 23 000 students who engage in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in seven faculties, namely:


From inception, 60 years ago, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has been at the heart of the struggle to enable full access to society through education. Pursuing a motto of “from hope to action through knowledge”, our abiding aim has been to help the marginalised to participate fully in the life of the nation and the wider world. We absolutely believe that one’s origins do not define one’s destiny.

However, the disadvantage for black and coloured youth in South Africa remains endemic. The unemployment rate has reached a truly alarming level of 59% during the first quarter of 2020, and poverty disproportionately affects racial groups in South Africa. Approximately 66% of black African youth and 44% of coloured youth live in poverty, compared to 16% of Indian youth and 4% of white youth. Each of these figures is getting worse as the effects of the pandemic continue.

Those in poverty often look to higher education as a means to a better life, and we know the transformative effect that UWC has had on the lives of our more than 24,000 students and the alumni that have preceded them. In fact, we are ranked in the Top 200 universities in the world according to The Times Higher Education University Impact Ratings 2019.

“It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations.” – President Nelson Mandela