TUKS Rag is a student driven charity organization dedicated towards developing students through their active participation in fundraising and community service initiatives. At present, TUKS Rag is the largest organization of its kind in South Africa, and the third largest in the world.
Rag Projects is the branch of Rag (Reach-Out And Give) which focuses on community service, promoting sustainability and community development. The vibe surrounding Rag is one of compassion, hope and fun where Asters are encouraged to truly let the Asterhof motto shine through:
"Vivamus et amamus" - let us live, let us love.
- Blood drives
- Tukkie Petite Fashion show with Pathways School (school for children with more than one disability)
- Long term project with Louis Botha Children's home. This includes having fun and sports days with the children. Inviting them to Asterhof to enjoy pizza and giving them a tour of the University.
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- Blood drives
- Outreach to the homeless on Kerkplein
- Fun day and donations for Booysens Beertjies Pre-Primary
- Fun day and donations for Eleos Babahuis
- Visit to paediatric ward at Steve Biko Provincial Hospital.
RAG Float and Procession
Asterhof has Kollege as our Rag Partners for the term 2012/2013. It is the perfect partnership as we are both the oldest residences at Tuks.
RAG week always promises to be one of the best weeks of your life. When you become part of Asterhof it is your privilege to take part in RAG week. In 2013 we decided to take a different approach to RAG. We were given the overall theme CHILDHOOD MEMORIES for this year’s RAG procession. Instead of choosing a single memory and focusing on portraying it on a float, we chose the more charitable route. Our theme: MAKING CHILDHOOD MEMORIES is all about going back to the true meaning of RAG, Reaching out And Giving.
From 28 January to 1 February it was building week. This week is normally used to build the structural elements of a float. We chose to rather spend our time making a difference. We organized and carried out six charity projects. The projects we did were done with the hope of making literal childhood memories, ones that won’t just be remembered this RAG, but in years to come. We identified the needs of people in Pretoria (especially those of children) and acted to help them.
Steve Biko Pediatric Wards
RAG committee and HK/EC members from both Kollege and Asterhof spent the morning at Steve Biko. We interacted with the children and gave them each a teddy bear, a colouring book, crayons and much needed attention.
The staff appreciated seeing smiles on the children’s face and every staff member received a card to show our immense respect and appreciation for what they are doing.
Booysens Beertjies is an underprivileged preprimary school in Pretoria West.
We donated stationery for the year as well as medical supplies to them. We also organised a fun day with them. The fun day included a jumping castle, music, sport, hotdogs, juice and watermelon.
We visited Tshwaraganang orphanage for an entire day.
The orphanage is situated in Hammanskraal, a poor community in the North of Pretoria. We spent the day targeting each area of the orphanage we saw as needing attention. Refuse lying around the property was picked up, the empty library was filled with books stacked into categories, children were given lunch pack with a present and special message of hope. Clothing, toys, toiletries, food, seeds and other necessary items were donated to the orphanage. We finished the day off with a soccer game.
We went to Kerkplein in the evening. We reached out to the homeless by handing out food packs, bags, beanies and blankets. The impact on the community could be seen by the way the people gathered around and enjoyed the food we had given, felt the thickness of the blankets we supplied and fitted the beanies we gave to warm their heads.
We went to Eleos Babahuis in Danville where maintenance was done around the property such as fixing doors and building walls. We played with the babies and toddlers and gave them some much needed attention.
The final outreach done was again in Hammanskraal at Boetumelo Creche. This was one of a different kind. We took 7m of our paper blommetjies out to the crèche and gave the children paint to put on their hands and paint the blommetjies. The children enjoyed it immensely and added their own uniqueness to our blommetjies.