On July 16, 2019, Public Relations 3 students from Boston Media House Arcadia Campus, Pretoria painted the Mohau Children and Youth Care Centre in Kalafong, Attridgeville as part of their “Paint 4 Hope Campaign”. At the centre, they painted the office and TV room.

Mohau Children and Youth Care Centre is a registered NPO and provides love and support to orphans and also those that are affected by HIV/AIDS. They also provide temporary and permanent residential care and social services such as social work services for children and their families, health care services, and host families.

 

The centre was established in 1997 and opened its doors in 2007 due to the high HIV death rates, children being born to HIV parents and die after childbirth. In order to keep the centre operating, funds between 60 to 70 per cent are required.

Initially, this was a CSI project where the students had to choose a charity organisation which they saw fit for additional assistance or support. They chose Mohau centre due to its financial difficulties. The Paint 4 Hope Campaign’s aim was to promote and create awareness about the importance of hygiene.

 

The students had a target of 100 kinds of toothpaste and 100 soap bars which they were able to reach and also exceeded with 65 extra soaps. They also donated sanitary pads.

On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, the PR3 (Public Relations 3) students hosted a CSI hand over event. The event marked their 5-month journey of collecting toothpaste, soap bars and sanitary pads for the centre.

A video which was taken on the day of the visitation was played showing the student’s work. Two lecturers congratulated the students on their hard work and effort of making the project a success.

Three students from the Public Relations group, Mathabatha Makgoka, Thabiso M Mohlabeng and Amukelani Chauke stated that the CSI project is an initiative that is done every year in Boston Media House which counts for their year mark. The students chose hygiene as their initiative.

They had to raise funds on their own through fundraisers on campus and contributing from their pockets also. They managed to raise R1000. The challenges they faced during this project is time management; some students not giving enough effort to the project and a sense of urgency.

Overall the three students enjoyed their stay at the centre and this project was an eye-opener because they acknowledge their privileges and understand the importance of making a difference in someone else’s life.

 

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By: Makhaukani Chavalala

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