Have you ever pondered the question: Are there any good people out there anymore? One Stellenbosch University student is answering this profound question by doing something exceptional for his fellow students.
Thembalethu Seyisi, a 22-year-old law student set to graduate, decided to use his graduation to raise funds for students who are unable to access their academic records due to student debt through #Action4Inclusion, as per IOL.
The #Action4Inclusion is an incredible initiative that was launched in 2020 by Stellenbosch University’s Student Representative Council under the patronage of Professor Thuli Madonsela, the Law Faculty Chair in Social Justice.
Any funds raised by the initiative are utilised to support students who cannot register for the next academic year as a result of the debt owed on their university fees, as well as graduates who are unable to access their academic records when graduating.
It’s no secret that students often step out of university and right into debt. According to Seyisi, without access to their degrees, students are unable to apply for jobs, perpetuating the cycle of unemployment and poverty within South Africa.
“We are losing out on people that could have contributed to a skilled workforce and moved the country forward,” he stated.
Social justice has always been something that the young graduand was passionate about as he continues to find himself striving to ensure that young people have better lives. Even more incredible is the fact that he published a book when he turned 21 in 2020 -21 Life Lessons @ 21 – which offered another great opportunity for him to raise funds for charity instead of throwing a birthday party, reports News24.
The book features 21 successful people that he admires, with some high profile role models thrown into the mix for good measure. However, the book is filled with personal heroes and family members who have offered one life lesson and insight they wish they had known at 21.
With his graduation party just around the corner, the inspirational student will use the event as a fundraising opportunity, asking guests to donate to #Action4Inclusion.
His graduation party at Middelvlei Wine Estate on 5 April will serve as a fundraising event and guests will be asked to make a donation to #Action4Inclusion.
Well, there is no doubt that this may have answered the aforementioned question, but if you’re feeling a tug at your heartstrings and a need to “pay it forward” and help this modern-day hero, you can make a financial contribution to #Action4Inclusion at www.givengain.com/cc/action4inclusion.
Picture: Facebook / Thembalethu Seyisi