“All 3 of the University of Johannesburg’s annual fundraisers were a huge success. The Golf Day organised by Gareth Hardie made a profit of over R28 000, the Ladies Night organised by Janique Belli made a profit of R23 000 and the Comedy Night organised by Etienne Zeeman made over R8000. Thank you so much to the 3 event organisers, these funds will certainly help get next year’s UJ delegation to the 2016 AGM!
At the 2015 AGM in Atlanta, UJ was very proud to have 6 delegates attend. As always, the AGM was a life changing and passion igniting experience, and the WCCS UJ chapter would like to thank Mike Hollerbach and the rest of the chapter at Life University for organising such an amazing AGM! UJ had a very successful AGM, with Thiani de Beer being elected to host the 2017 African Regional Event and Chanelle Scott Crossley being elected onto the Board of Directors.
WCCS UJ was also very excited to attend the 2nd African Regional Event in August. We all thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and learnt so much from all the speakers. We were exposed to many different techniques and even some philosophy of chiropractic. Thank you to Mynhardt Erasmus and the DUT chapter for a fantastic event!
This year WCCS UJ partnered up with Straighten Up South Africa, and we have so far visited 1 primary school where over 800 children received free spinal screening! There are many more schools lined up and we look forward to ensuring Johannesburg’s children have healthy spines.
As part of the Annual Collective Focus WCCS UJ organises ongoing blood drives every 2 to 3 months. Since November 2014 there have been 6 blood drives and these events have received great support. We thank every person who has been a part of this initiative.
Another community driven initiative by WCCS UJ is that 10% of the profits from our annual fundraisers are donated to two wonderful South African based charities. The charities we support are the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa, a phenomenal organisation that support those affected by muscular dystrophy; and the Door of Hope Orphanage, who take in abandoned babies and provide them with a home, food and clothes. We are very happy this year to donate R3600 to each of the incredible charities.
WCCS UJ has also started organising our World Spine Day celebrations, led by Rebecca Mocke. It will be a week-long celebration with information displays being set up at our university, Straighten Up events happening at various schools and many more exciting events.
My term as Chair of the UJ chapter is coming to a close and I would like to thank each and every one of you WCCSers for allowing me to be a part of the best student organisation in the world!! I have learnt and grown so much while I have been in WCCS and I will miss you all! “
-Gillian Johnston (UJ Chapter head 2014/2015).
The World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) UJ Chapter has had a very busy 2014, with the new executive committee being elected.
During the week of 13 – 16 October 2014 the WCCS UJ chapter celebrated World Spine Day by setting up informational displays about common spinal and extremity injuries and about the chiropractic profession. On 16 October, we provided free spinal screenings for the students and staff on campus to raise awareness of chiropractic and the importance of spinal health. Over 120 spinal screenings were done in 6 hours! On the same day the WCCS UJ chapter with the help of a few volunteers, dressed up as a human spine and walked around campus handing out flyers about chiropractic and advertising the free spinal screenings.
On 3 October 2014 the WCCS UJ chapter organised the first ever Blood Donation Drive. Over 26 people came to support with a total of 19 donating, most for their first time. The second and third Blood Donation Drive were held on 28 November 2014 an the 10 February 2015.
The WCCS UJ chapter is looking forward to an exciting and successful 2015 and will be attending the 37th WCCS AGM in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2015. Congratulations to the UJ delegation Gillian Johnston, Lauren Eves, Thiani de Beer, Gareth Hardie, James Lowe and Chanelle Scott Crossley. We are excited to represent UJ and South Africa at this international chiropractic event.
We are also excited to have partnered up with Straighten Up South Africa and we look forward to assisting this great organisation with promoting spinal health and good posture to schools all around South Africa. Our upcoming Blood Donation Drive will be taking place on 9 February 2014.
Lastly, our annual fundraiser events are well underway for 2015. The WCCS Golf Day took place on 19 February 2015 at Jackal Creek Golf Club. The WCCS Ladies Night will also be taking place on 7 March 2015.
By Gillian Johnston and Chanelle Scott-Crossley
As said by our youngest new delegate Etienne Zeeman, on return from this year’s AGM, “Congress 2014 held in Malaga, Spain proved to be a truly incredible experience. So many students from so many countries, uniting for one cause; to unite chiropractic globally.”
The UJ Chapter delegation consisted of the following members Luke Schmidt, Athena Plakotaris, Chanelle Scott-Crossley, Kim Branco Castelo, Gillian Johnston, Etienne Zeeman and Lauren Eves.
The AGM allowed us exposure to the experiences from the following speakers: Drs Iben Axén, Adrian Wenban, Amaya Alonso and Louis Corleto to name a few. The speakers left us inspired, energized and enthusiastic to carry the WCCS aims and passion for chiropractic back to our university.
We as a chapter made a bid to host Congress in 2016, however were unsuccessful. Since our return, we have discussed making another bid at next year’s congress as we feel strongly on hosting such an event and how it would positively impact the profession in our country.
We have initiated fundraisers to take place in the next few months, a Beer Pong Tournament held in conjunction with WITS Hockey Club and Old Edwardians taking place on the 19th of July, as well as the Parker’s Comedy Evening taking place on the 12th of August. These are new fundraisers, which we hope will significantly contribute to our efforts in aiding delegates in attending the congress next year, in Atlanta.
We are also in the process of planning our World Spine Day initiative; we look forward to promoting the profession, WCCS and UJ. Our aim is to have displays, free spinal screenings and create awareness of the importance of spinal health.