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GK NMMU and NMMU Disability Unit Tutorship Programme

In an endeavour to get more Golden Key members participating in activities and assist them in gaining invaluable experience whilst at NMMU, the GK NMMU Chapter started a new tutor’s programme in partnership with the NMMU Disability Unit.

The tutorship programme seeks to assist GK members in gaining experience that count towards two of the Golden Key pillars namely, Academics and Service. As this is a voluntary programme, Golden Key will recognise such service on the new Co-Curricular Record (CCR) which will be part of each student’s official NMMU academic record. This will prove that while being at NMMUGK members took time to assist fellow students and participated in activities other than their personal studies. Potential learning areas for each GK member includes improved time management skills, becoming adaptable in working with people from different backgrounds, who may have different abilities. The idea is to make our GK members as marketable and as employable as possible.

The GK executive committee and fellow GK members attended two training workshops in order to equip them with skills to fulfil their tasks as potential GK Tutors. The first training workshop, Diversity in Communication, on 2 March was facilitated by NMMU Student Counselling which concentrated on respect for diverse cultures and breaking stereotypes and prejudices. The second workshop held on 8 March was called Disability Etiquette and was hosted by the Disability Unit. It equipped the GK members with skills to work with disabled student while being sensitive to their individual needs.

GK members have also become DU volunteers. They have the opportunity to scribe for disabled students which means that they assist students to write tests by reading and writing for them. The GK Tutor programme is a pilot project which we hope will continue for years to come.


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Autism Eastern Cape and GK NMMU

Autism Eastern Cape aims to give information and support to families living with autism. It is a registered non-profit organisation. It currently has 17 children with the oldest being 12 years old. It takes up to 20 children max. It has more boys than girls. It has two qualified teachers and three assistant teachers. It has an in house psychologist, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist that are funded by the parents of the children. AEC is an early intervention centre that takes in children from the age of two to about six with the exception of Owethu (12) who had to be pulled out of private school because he was unable to cope. They carry out observations, in cases of children brought in by their parents. They opened up an adult centre that deals with life skills training.

Overall, the experience was great. It was very enlightening; it brought more focus on the fact that not many people out there know a lot about Autism. It brought to light the types of Autism and the kind of care these children need, the patience it requires and attention that they need. Facilities for these children are lacking and if funds can be raised, a lot of Autistic children could be helped. Autistic children are all different, no two kids are the same, but what they need from people is the same. They have concrete thinking and a lot of people need to be aware of what they can do for these children.


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Golden Key South Africa - Makes a Difference

To support the Service pillar of Golden Key , a service Initiative in co-operation with the Western Cape Golden Key chapters (University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch) partnered with Nooitgedacht Primary School. We made 800 stationary bags filled with a ruler, pencils, a pen and highlights and 300 colour-in books along with crayons and educational posters. The Principal, Mr Carolissen, attended the service project and handing over.

Charlene Gunter, Director of Golden Key South Africa was impressed by these leaders' initiatives in making a difference in the lives of scholars. "It was remarkable to see what can be done with just supplying creative thinkers with white paper, coloured paper, scissors, glue and a project to make educational posters for the classroom."



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Wits Chapter - CANSA Support Campaign

Wits Golden Key Society has decided to form a strategic partnership with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), to help raise awareness of childhood cancer through selling golden ribbons. The golden ribbon is an international symbol for childhood that is used to unite under, if people know what it means. Sadly, when asked, most people are not able to identify the gold ribbon as the symbol of childhood cancer awareness. Therefore, through "Going Gold", Golden Key will be helping families and children undergoing cancer treatment and their families to feel that more awareness and support exists for the battle they are waging with childhood cancer .It is in this regard that Wits Golden Key has purchased 100 ribbons from CANSA, and has been selling the ribbons to the Wits community at R10.00 per ribbon as a means to raise awareness of childhood cancer. The money that is raised from the ribbon sales has been given to CANSA-tlc to help meet the financial commitments that they have towards providing care for under privileged children undergoing cancer treatment.

As of current state, Wits Golden Key is not allowed to sell ribbons because the university is in monotorium, meaning University clubs and societies are not allowed to have any promotions, events or anything that involves a student not focusing on their mid-year examinations. Therefore, selling golden ribbons during the May-June months would be operating against the dean’s monotorium policy. However, Wits Golden Key has plans to increase their golden ribbon sales in July because of the positive response that it has received from the Wits community, especially in the Medical School.

The costs incurred are R1000.00 that was spent on purchasing golden ribbons from CANSA to sell. Golden Key has plans to increase these sales based as the interest in golden ribbons sales increase within the Wits Community.


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UWC GK Chapter in Support of Stop Hunger Now

“There comes a time when we heed a certain call, and the world must come together as one”. Never have we as the Golden Key executive committee connected with the lyrics of this song as we did in support of International Volunteers Day last year November when we helped Stop Hunger Now pack thousands of meals at De Vrije Zee Primary School to feed the poor.

Golden Key, the Lions Club, and many people of the public all came together to help Stop Hunger Now reach a target of packing 17500 meals. With our gloves, hairnets, and positive energy, we proudly reached that goal. One meal pack has enough nutrients to sustain an adult for an entire day. Each food pack contains rice, soya, veggie mix, and a small packet of 21 nutrients.

We arrived at the school excited and with a mindset to help. We left that school feeling proud, knowing we had contributed our small parts in making a big difference.

Stop Hunger Now is a worldwide relief organisation that manages the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organisation is driven by a vision to end world hunger in our lifetime in the most sustainable, efficient and effective manner.

Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Programme depends on donations in order to fund each meal-packaging event. Each meal cost only R2.50, R15 a bag which feeds six people, so whatever your contribution, it can make a big difference.

If you are interested in helping Stop Hunger Now, contact the Cape Town office at

Tel/Fax: +27 12 705 6278

Postal Address: PO Box 342, Plumstead, 7801, Western Cape, South Africa. Or

Physical Address: Unit 23, Constantiaberg Business Park, Princessvlei Road, Diepriver, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


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Library Project - UWC GK Project

On the 27th of April, we started on our library project at Nooitgedacht Primary School. We had many GK volunteers, members and non-members; the executive itself was a great turn out. However, there was a lot to be done; duties were cleaning of the Library room, cutting of the colour paper for the labelling of the books (colour categorization) and sorting out books and putting them in their specific categories.

On the 8th of May GK UWC, hosted a CV training which was conducted by the Office for Student Development (OSD).  The training was helpful but people were sceptical, not many submitted their CVs for feedback. The turnout was very low, reasons maybe because many were writing tests, preparing for exams or they just did not want to. However, those that attended found very useful.

The Open Day is one of the University's biggest events as it provides the different Faculties and student organizations with the opportunity to market what they have to offer for the prospective student. It is with much pleasure to note that Golden Key UWC Chapter was part of such an event.  It on the 11th of May and this gave Golden Key an opportunity to showcase what the society stands for even before the students enrol so that they make efforts to work hard in order to be invited to the society. This was also a good chance to eliminate the common issue that Golden Key faces which publicity not a lot of people know about Golden Key so this was a stage to prepare these prospective students and get our name out there, as the saying gies "catch them young". The day was characterized by youngsters approaching the information tables asking the executive members what the society was all about, the enthusiasm, excitement and potential was captured as they left the table promising to work hard. Lastly we also got to introduce Golden Key to the parents who were very interested and proud and this is very important if student have their parents supporting them and encouraging them to join Golden Key.


More so, as the UWC Executive team with the help of volunteers, we are having information tables from the 13-15 of May. Thus, showcase the Golden key and help those with enquiries regarding being invited to becoming a golden key member. So far it has been going well and many students are keen to know more about what Golden key is about, its benefits. It has been a success, however, from the experience in the two days of having the tables; many students are not keen to pay the R495 membership fee. Their question is why then do we have to pay, are we supposed to pay for being bright in school? Also, many of the volunteers that seemed interested in helping out have not turned up. On the 15th we will be running our two events concurrently, thus, information tables and our first GK braai fundraising which the proceeds will go towards the Nooitgedacht Primary School project, every executive member had to sell ten coupons prior to the event so that we would not incur a loss in the event that people don’t buy on the day. We anticipate it is going to be a great day for us, towards raising the money we need.

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Durban Children’s Home - GK UKZN, Howard Chapter Visit

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We decided to pay a visit to the Durban Children’s as one of our community service projects. The home could only allow two members from our committee to visit the children. Tanya and Abongile were the two members that went, they were admitted into Saunder’s House with approximately 20 children in the pre-adolescent age group. They played games with the children and had a dance show where the children received a sweet for dancing 



The children at the home are absolutely delightful, which is why we also want to make this an on-going project. In order for us to be granted permission to visit the home in larger numbers, all members need to get a police clearance from the police. Once we get that sorted out we plan on helping the care givers with extra supervision on their Saturday outings or in house activities such as baking with them. The care giviers have expressed that their biggest area of need is adult supervision for the children as they cannot be left unsupervised.  We can offer supervision while they cook and clean.

Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures with the children as many of them come from very sensitive backgrounds.


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Easter Party - GK Stellenbosch at Blackheath

On 20 March 2013, the Golden Key Stellenbosch Chapter hosted an Easter Party for the school kids from Blackheath.
Keeping in line with Golden Key’s pillar of service and making an impact by improving local, regional and global communities, the executive team approached this through providing an opportunity for school kids to have a bit of fun.
About 50 school kids were involved in the fun and games. As Golden Key’s primary focus is in education-based service initiatives we strived to ensure that the exercises were coupled with educational aspects.


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GK NMMU and the Ubuntu Education Fund

Mandela Day July 2013: GK NMMU talk on gender issues at Ubuntu Education Fund


In an effort to strengthen our relationship with the Ubuntu Education Fund we visited them on Mandela Day. 18 July, to use our 67 minutes to discuss gender issues with their Future Leaders, who are a group of promising grade 12 students from the surrounding townships. Their resident social worker presented a talk on the effects of pornography and casual sex and the contributions it makes on violence in society. Thereafter we opened the floor which comprised of GK NMMU members, 3 executive officers and the grade 12 learners. We used the roaming mic system and everyone contributed comments or questions which were initially answered by the social worker but later progressed into an open floor discussion. It was a great afternoon which allowed both the grade 12 students and the GK members to learn a lot from each other’s experiences and opinions. We ended the afternoon by introducing them to the Pledge and gave each student a ‘Make the Pledge’ badge and they all signed our 17metre pledge.

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UP Walk for Warmth

Walk for Warmth- walking to help keep others warm

Walk for Warmth is a fundraising initiative to raise money in order to donate warm clothing and blankets, as well as money to those less fortunate this coming winter. The event took place on Saturday, the 25th of May at LC de Villiers. It consisted of a 5 km and a 10 km fun walk/run which created awareness about those less privileged individuals, with all donations received going to charities of which Golden Key UP Chapter is specifically involved with.

The event was a success with prizes being awarded to the 1st and 2nd man and woman in both races. Participants also donated blankets and clothing prior and at the event, which will all be distributed to those less fortunate.

This was a lovely day dedicated to all our brothers who need some warmth and we hope we make a difference in the lives we are able to reach. We also hope this initiative will continue...

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