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SWELLENDAM BURSARY FUND BIRTHDAY The Swellendam Bursary Fund is proudly celebrating its fifteenth birthday on Sunday 25 October 2020. During this period, it has spent R1 923 880.63 to assist 246 university and college students to enrol at institutions throughout the RSA. The Fund does not prescribe to students regarding the institution they wish to attend, except that it must be accredited by the relevant authorities. For that reason, bursary recipients have studied at UWC, CPUT, Stellenbosch, Hugenote College, the University of the Free State, Nelson Mandela University, Boland College, Northlink College, the University of Johannesburg, North West University and others.

More than 150 of these students have completed their studies and many of them have returned to Swellendam to contribute to the economy of the town and help with the development of the youth. One such person is Alrique Fortuin who studied at North West University in Potchefstroom and completed his B Ed degree at the end of 2019. He is teaching grades 4 to 7 at VRT Pitt Primary School. His father, Alexander Fortuin, a local gardener, died when Alrique was in Matric. His mother, Estelle Fortuin, does housekeeping at a guesthouse. Consequently, the family has consistently had to make do with meagre financial resources.

The bursaries he received from the Swellendam Bursary Fund every year, alleviated his plight because it helped with essential costs. Nevertheless, there were times when he had very little food, but refused to seek assistance from his mother who had to attend to urgent expenses at home. These circumstances did not deter him from studying diligently. In 2016 he obtained 5 distinctions, in 2017: 6, in 2018:7 and in 2019, his final year: 6. Consequently, the Swellendam Bursary Fund awarded him the Eugene van Niekerk Merit Bursary for outstanding academic work in 2018.

Throughout the years he has assisted with the youth work of the Apostolic Faith Mission Church, to which he belongs. Before Covid 19 he trained the spiritual dancing group and helped with the preparation for the Christmas play. Although he assists his mother financially, he also contributes anonymously when there is a need among his learners. Alrique acknowledges the role that his grandmother, whom he often visited in Buffeljags River, has played in his life. He also clearly practises the Swellendam Bursary Fund dictum of paying forward what you have received from others.Covid 19 has negatively influenced the fund- raising of the Bursary Fund. Donations would be gladly accepted and can be deposited into the following banking account:Bank: ABSA Swellendam (Branch Code: 632005)Account Name: Swellendam Bursary FundSavings Account Number: 9203339354Code for international payments: ABSAZAJJ).Certificates indicating that a tax-deductible donation has been made, are issued on request. Endowments and debit orders are also very welcome.

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