Many graduating students don’t really have the formal wear appropriate for a graduation ceremony.
This has prompted one of them, UCT graduate Ruby Chikwiri to launch the #DressAGraduate campaign.
She spoke to Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to share more details about the initiative.
I have been thinking a lot about financial strain, whilst you are trying to graduate and finish your degree so I thought why not do something positive for my fellow graduates. So I decided to start the #DressAGraduate initiative on Twitter, which collects clothing that is graduation-appropriate attire.— Ruby Chikwiri, Founder - Dress a Graduate campaign
It also seeks to look for makeup artists, photographers and hair stylists who will be willing to offer their services complementary.— Ruby Chikwiri, Founder - Dress a Graduate campaign
The initiative is active in Johannesburg and Cape Town. '
Chikwiri says the campaign is receiving an overwhelming amount of support.
The students have been contacting me, they have either emailed me or messaged me on social media. From there I put them on a database so I know when their graduations are and what their sizes are.— Ruby Chikwiri, Founder - Dress a Graduate campaign
People who want to donate have also contacted me, I put their items online so graduate can look, should they be interested in any of the items. They contact me to let me know and from then on we sort out the logistics.— Ruby Chikwiri, Founder - Dress a Graduate campaign
You can email Chikwiri at Ruby.Chikwiri@yahoo.com or use #DressAGraduate to find her.
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