The Durban University of Technology (DUT) recently partnered with WhizzKids United (WKU) during a seven-a-side indoor football tournament organized by the 2nd year Sports Management students.
In an open press released directed to the media and the public, the students expressed their desired objective in pursuit of establishing a partnership with WKU. The press release reads:
The students have taken it upon themselves to not only focus on the event but have chosen WhizzKids United as their charity of choice to sponsor. The purpose of teaming up with WhizzKids United is to create awareness towards creating partnerships with other charity organizations in other related events.
Addressing fellow students at a packed sporting indoor arena, the group’s representative and spokesperson Tyrone Rudolph, pledged to support WKU and encouraged other students to take part in fundraising activities during the course of the day.
“The 20 Something’s” is the name that the 2nd year students call themselves and perhaps a name that also best suits the energetic group’s well highly competitive seven-a-side football extravaganza. The ‘flamboyant group’, as described by those who witnessed a fun filled day but yet professional, left no stone unturned as they managed to draw a host of sponsorships. The sponsors included Hollard Insurance, Amanzi Water, Hugo’s Panel Shop, the Dep. of Sport and Recreation and Red Bull.
The prestigious event kicked off with a short but informative speech by WKU Marketing and Communication manager, Stefan Kunze. Stefan’s address to the students was mainly about WhizzKids United’s founding principles and the organization’s fundamental values.
“WhizzKids United is a charity organization that uses football as a medium of sending out a strong message about HIV&AIDS. We are firmly rooted under the objective of providing awareness to communities affected by the HIV&AIDS pandemic, working with youth and educating them about healthy living.”
Stefan further went to thank the 2nd years students who had worked meticulously in ensuring that WKU gains recognition from the whole DUT community.
“I would like to thank ‘20 something’ for their hard work and dedication in ensuring that WhizzKids United is recognized by the students of DUT,” continued Stefan.
Stefan Kunze explains that the thriving partnership between WhizzKids United and the Durban University of Technology has further manifested itself as a mutual beneficial relationship that continues to blossom, once again with the help from some of the university’s most promising students. WhizzKids United was honoured to be the select beneficiary charity organization
During the tournament the students managed to collect new and old cloths, including a total of more than R1200 raised throughout the event, all proceeds went to WKU. The proceeds will be used for the organization’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme in Edendale, a semi rural community in Pietermaritzburg, where WKU’s vast majority work is conducted.
“The immense support shown by the students of DUT was overwhelming,” said Stefan.
WhizzKids United lauds the effort made by the DUT 2nd year Sports Management students and is looking forward to taking part in future sports related events. WKU was also pleased to cooperate with the planning team and most imperatively, providing assistance to the students in their events planning skills.
WKU has been involved with DUT since 2012 through the Community Engagement Programme and continuously seeks to strengthen ties between both institutions.