A 27-year old student was able to squash her student debt thanks to donations from Facebook users, all in the name of Nelson Mandela Day.
B.Tech quality engineering student Lorraine Tolo took to Facebook to ask for assistance to settle the debt.
According to IOL, she posted on a group called Brown Senses, which has 195,000 followers, asking those who could to donate R67 towards her tuition, which amounted to more than R40,000.
The group responded and all the R67 donations helped her settle her student debt.
“I was browsing through my phone when I realised it was Mandela Day and in that light I remembered Tata was an advocate for education, which prompted me to ask for assistance and use the 67 minutes initiative in a way that would benefit me,” Too says.
Tolo, who was raised by her mother in Mamelodi, says she was always passionate about education, although her mother could not afford it.
She did not give up on her dream of a university qualification, which would be a stepping stone to a good job, and thanks to these donations she can now continue her education.