year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 64



75 YEARS OF GIVING BACK
SHAWCO
The Students’ Health and Welfare
Centres Organisation (SHAWCO)
marked its 75th anniversary with a
fundraising drive to raise R75 million,
but still found time to embark on a
750 km “journey to health” in the
Western Cape, to conduct a winterwarmth drive for Mandela Day, to
graduate hundreds of learners from
its Saturday School Programme, and
to provide relief to thousands left
homeless by fire.
Founded in July 1945 by UCT
medical student Andrew Kinnear,
SHAWCO began with a single primary
healthcare clinic. With a vision to
promote an informed, healthy and
thriving community, today SHAWCO
leads health, education and social
entrepreneurship initiatives through
two main service sectors: SHAWCO
Education and SHAWCO Health.
In 2018 SHAWCO Education
benefited from the assistance of 1 228
registered student volunteers, and
SHAWCO Health from a further 897.
For their main anniversary
fundraiser, SHAWCO called on UCT,
Cape Town and the country to make
donations to help them hit their
R75 million target. All funds raised
would be ploughed back into their
health and education initiatives.
From 3 to 7 May, 40 health
volunteers undertook a 750 km
journey to health, targeting 750
adults, especially women and children.
Assisted by community members and
volunteer health workers, they took
their student-led mobile clinics to
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