“We attended a seminar last year at which Tshepiso Makhubedu spoke. Her talk moved us and made us realise that we not doing a lot with our lives. So after the deliberation, we came up with the idea of the Facebook page to motivate people,” explained Mthembu.

Mthembu says that due to a lack of funding and sponsors, it is a struggle for them to have events as they use their own money to do so, but they are not willing to give up and will do whatever it takes to feed the homeless.

#MotivationalMonday now collects food and funds by asking students on campus to buy food for the homeless. The mission and vision of this campaign is to help the youth realise that nothing is impossible. “What we really want to see happening is people contributing to this campaign by donating food, money, clothes, equipment and anything they can bring,” Mthembu said. “We hope to do so by collecting such [items] every month for the homeless people of Pretoria,” Mthembu added.

What Mthembu and Mathaba hope to see is students challenging themselves, friends and families and to motivate the youth by giving back in any way they can. In addition to this, participants are encouraged to share their work by posting on the MotivationalMondays Facebook page with the hashtag #MotivationalMondaysChallenge


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