A student caller hard at work during the 2017 Phonathon.
Attention: all UCT alumni.
It's that time again. Expect your Androids and iPhones to buzz between 20 June and 22 July 2018 as eager students try to get hold of you as part of UCT's annual Phonathon.
More than just an important fundraising drive, UCT's annual Phonathon is a chance for you, our treasured alumni, to catch up with a current student, chat about the university and reconnect with your alma mater. Our students, who are sacrificing their mid-year vacation to be part of this campaign, are keen to hear about the experiences of their predecessors and how your journey at UCT might have shaped the paths you’ve chosen. It is also a chance for our students to learn from you about how best to master the very demanding task of studying and succeeding at university, so that they may make the most of their years on campus.
Our students will, of course, be asking you to consider donating to one of UCT's key development projects, which work to ensure that academically eligible students have the support they need to succeed. These include the Distinguishing UCT Campaign, which is designed to grow the university’s undesignated endowment. A strong endowment will enable the university to build a more sustainable future, especially in the context of declining state contributions to higher education. Not only will a healthy endowment release more funding for bursaries and residences, it will also support key strategic projects that help strengthen UCT’s position as the premier African university.
The student callers will also invite you to consider making your contribution to a faculty priority project. Every donation makes a significant difference and builds solidarity around our common concern to ensure equality of access to higher education. All donations are eligible for a Section 18A tax certificate.
The 2018 Phonathon is an opportunity for our bright-eyed students to share ideas with people who have walked the road they are currently on, and to gain insight into the unique struggles that each generation face. We hope that you will be enthused by the experience of engaging with a student who aspires to be part of the esteemed alumni community of the University of Cape Town.