Thuthuka 4DEF Challenge 2011

Posted on September 07, 2011

4DEF, a student-driven initiative, is an acronym for “For the Future.” This event seeks to expand the financial and business knowledge of the UP-Thuthuka students through fun and exciting teamwork activities. The Challenge has grown and developed since its inception in 2009. The 2011 committee sought to introduce fresh and new ideas to make it a great learning experience for the students, while having lots of fun. This year the 4DEF Challenge participants were urged to bring canned food and clothes for the Tshwaraganang Orphanage in Hammanskraal.

Participants were all given T-shirts and divided into teams representing the various sponsors. The support of the sponsors at this event was greatly valued. Thanks to: SAICA, BDO, Deloitte, KPMG, OMA, Hollard Insurance, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, RSM Betty Dickson, the Auditor General and RussellStone.

The winning team had to display creativity, team work, vocalisation, self-expression, general knowledge, endurance, comprehension, intellect and physical skill in order to conquer the challenges of the day. In this regard the 4DEF Challenge plays an important role in training the CA’s of the future.

The food and clothing was delivered to the Tshwaraganang Orphanage in Hammanskraal outside Pretoria on 27 August 2011. The Orphanage is home to over 60 homeless children, some of whom are abandoned and others abused.

'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.'' Dr Seuss

One of our greatest weaknesses is the inability to count our blessings. Things like the roof over our heads, parents, food and clothes are taken for granted. A visit to those less fortunate makes one realise just how blessed we are, and also think about the little things we can do to make life better for others.

The students were also part of the Reading Project, which is running on a monthly basis at the Orphanage. They spent time reading with the children, doing puzzles, completing worksheets and playing games. This will be an ongoing project which Thuthuka students will support.

The UP community is encouraged to participate in the Reading Project at the Orphanage by donating children’s books, puzzles and games. It can be delivered to Mr Mogafe at EMS 1-4.

Published by Erhardt Maritz

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