For 21 years South Africans have been swiping their MySchool cards at retails stores, helping to raise more than R500 million for schools, charities, animal and environmental causes. And to celebrate this, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme has launched the ’21 years of Giving Back’ campaign with R2.1 million to give away to 21 causes.
Supporters are invited to nominate any South African charitable organisation that matters to them until the end of February 2019. In May, 21 winning beneficiary organisations will be chosen from the list of nominations to each receive R100 000, and the supporters who nominated them will each receive a R1 000 Woolies gift card.
“We want to encourage our supporters to also consider bringing local, smaller organisations doing heroic work in their communities into the fold and to whom the giveaway of R100 000 can make a considerable difference,” said MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet general manager, Pieter Twine.
Important donations over the past year include a new FoxBat aircraft, which was donated to the Kruger National Park to help combat rhino poaching – all thanks to the supporters of the MyPlanet Rhino Fund. A major donation to the Shine Literacy programme helped to support its expansion and the promotion of reading skills. And the first Dream2Teach bursaries were awarded to two young South Africans who have the calling to become teachers but couldn’t afford tuition fees.
“The amounts raised are a true testament to what happens when people collaborate and the impact that can be achieved when many people’s contributions collectively provide support to causes,” Twine said.
The ’21 Years of Giving Back’ campaign is open to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporters throughout the country. If you are not yet a cardholder, you can sign up for free at www.myschool.co.za or download the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet App. – Seithati Semenokane