The focus of the drive for 2016 will be to help students in need at UP. TuksFM has teamed up with UP’s SRC to ensure that specific student needs are addressed during the upcoming winter months. According to a statement released on UP’s website, TuksFM “will be contributing its collections to the SRC’s R10 Million Game, the SRC’s study aid initiative, the Student Nutrition and Progress Programme, and other organisations under the Department of Student Affairs that cater to the needs of students”.

TuksFM station manager Dewald Noel van Niekerk said that the station wants to focus on the needs within its own community. He added, “We hope that the campaign’s past success will continue as we focus on making a difference this winter for our students.”

Collection targets have been placed on TuksFM’s website and contributors can track progress online and check in to see which goods are urgently needed by students. TuksFM has also compiled a goals list for UP societies, departments and small external businesses to complete. As an incentive to local businesses and UP societies, TuksFM offers free on-air exposure to those who deliver the goods on the list to TuksFM before 27 May.

TuksFM hopes to collect 2 500 items of clothing, 2 000 food items, 500 textbooks, 2 000 toiletry items, cash and blankets. They encourage contributors to order blankets from the Suid Afrikaanse Vrouefederasie (SAVF), a non-profit organisation that manufactures blankets in Arcadia.

All goods can be dropped off at the TuksFM studios on weekdays between 08:00 and 16:00. For more information on Woolly Winter 2016 and for a list of items the station aims to raise for students, visit or email


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