NMMU students ready to work up a sweat, all for a good cause

HOT SPOT: Yanga Lusasa prepares students who will sweat their way to raise funds for needed students. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
HOT SPOT: Yanga Lusasa prepares students who will sweat their way to raise funds for needed students. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

NMMU students are set to sweat their way to R100 000 for academically deserving, but financially needy students, in three endurance challenges.

A “Sweat100k 4 NMMU” was launched in a flash mob at the south campus yesterday with proceeds to go towards NMMU vice-chancellor Derrick Swartz’s #Trailblazing campaign.

As a continuation of Swartz’s climb of Japan’s Mount Fuji last year, which raised R1.1-million, the campaign has upped the ante to R4-million.

And Peru’s Inca Trail is where Swartz and 22 others are headed to raise the funds for students.

The team tackling the #Trailblazing four-day Inca Trail will leave South Africa on August 26, to tackle the 43km hike from September 1 to 4.

The Sweat100k 4 NMMU student initiative is the brainchild of NMMU societies officer and gym instructor Yanga Lusasa, 32, and comprises three endurance challenges in three months. Lusasa said the idea came as a result of the struggles he had faced as a student.

“I know what it feels like to be able to have really great marks but not afford school or tuition fees,” Lusasa said.

“As I am passionate about fitness, I thought this was the best way to help needy students.”

The first event will be on Wednesday, when hundreds of students are expected to fill the indoor sports centre on the south campus to take part in a bodytoning, kick boxing and yoga extravaganza, with tickets ranging between R10 and R30.

NMMU spokeswoman Debbie Derry said the university was thrilled that Lusasa and others were driving fundraising events.

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