“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).