Third year law student, Keanu Fortuin, has reached out to members of the social media community in a post asking for financial assistance in making his dream come true.
In the post he states that he is a student at the University of the Free State, having started studying in 2016 on a first year bursary.
After having passed his first year, he successfully applied for a NSFAS loan but this would only start paying out in the second half of 2017.
As a result, he was set back and could only start doing his first semester modules in 2018.
In 2018 however, his brother passed away, the shock of which made it impossible for him to focus on his studies.
Of the 5 modules in his first semester, he only managed to pass 2, setting him back even further.
Even worse was the fact that the NSFAS loan was cancelled because he failed to perform academically, his account was handed over to attorneys for failure to pay and he was removed from the residence, leaving him without a place to stay.
However, he was not willing to give up on his dream of becoming a lawyer and fighting for those who could not fight for themselves.
The Kraaifontein born Keanu had excelled at school despite having grown up surrounded by poverty, drugs and violence; both outside and inside his own home.
He was the kid that could not even attend his matric farewell because there was not enough money and despite all this, he had fought his way into university and the chances of a better life.
He had gotten this far and giving up was not an option.
He fought his way back into university, right into third year, doing everything he could to try and pay his fees and accommodation while at the same time, not letting the mounting stress affect his studies.
Keanu has tried every avenue to try and find funding, even going to the Office of the Free State Premier but with little success.
Hopefully, going forward, South Africa will become a place where kids like Kyle won’t struggle to get a good education.
For now, however, he needs your help.
His account has once again been handed over to the University’s attorneys, so if you want to assist in ending this financial nightmare, you can do so by donating whatever you can.
You can make your donation directly into the account of the University of the Free State by using the following details:
University of the Free State
Brach Code: 630734
Account number: 1570 151 688 (UFS account)
Account Number: 2015295856 (My Student number/account)
If you want more information, you can contact Keanu on 0641229589.