Converse Is Giving R2m Towards Student Debt

Converse has pledged R2 million to help students pay their student debt in South Africa. Student debt is a massive issue in the country and now, many initiatives and students are looking for ways to help the crisis.

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Converse is giving R1 million to help students pay their student debt. 

Student debt is a massive issue in the country and now, many initiatives and students are looking for ways to help the crisis.

There is an increasing need for student debt to be wiped and be less of a problem in the country.

Converse has launched the #KickTheDebt campaign and with this campaign, Converse will contribute a cumulative amount of up to one million rand to be awarded to a select number of students who are in financial need and who require assistance with payment of their student debt.

Converse group marketing executive, Bradley Knowles, said:

It just made sense for us as a brand which has always been with the youth of South Africa to in a small way, come behind this, and do our bit. It is a small bit but it is a start of trying to alleviate student debt with this campaign called #KickTheDebt

Converse has always stood for that daring spirit of youth and has great heritage and roots in South Africa, said Knowles.  

Originally, Converse pledged R1 million but when they received 40 000 applications in just 10 days, they knew they had to double the amount.

They aim to help as many people as they can, with students debts ranging from R5000 to R90 000. 

Radio personality, DJ Fix, is a spokesperson and ambassador for the campaign and said:

I love what Converse is doing ... Big ups to Converse for seeing the gaps and trying to fix the problem because that's what I stand by ... Education is huge for me.

DJ Fix is a social entrepreneur, has her own scholarship program and has been working in education for years.

If student fees are not paid, their results are sometimes withheld which causes further stress and anxiety on top of the financial stress.

Knowles says student debt is a second pandemic and has been for decades.

This will support and assist students across any career field and grant them the chance to apply. Even better, you can nominate someone who needs the help.

For more on how to apply to the campaign, click here.

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