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The #MySchoolGiving Christmas Campaign


How many of you have a MySchool card?
Mine is linked to my Woolies card and I honestly hadn’t given much thought as to where the money goes and who it benefits after it’s donated. I think I elected for them to choose a beneficiary on my behalf, which is perfect, as they can then see where it’s needed most.

In 2016, over R70 million has been raised thanks to cardholders, which has been shared across a range of schools, charities and conservation organisations! That is amazing!


Here’s a quick rundown of where your money went this year:

Animal causes:
National Council of SPCAs received over R300k.
Over R1 million for regional societies: Sandton SPCA, Tshwane SPCA, Cape of Good Hope SPCA and Alberton SPCA, as well as the Kloof, Durban and Amanzimtoti SPCA.
Smaller localised animal welfare organisations also benefitted:
Highveld Horse Care Unit: R147 701.78
CartHorse Protection Association operating on the Cape Flats: R92 929.62
False Bay’s TEARS (The Emma Animal Rescue Society): R272 086.33
MyPlanet Rhino Fund which is managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust:R2 483 344.39

Children’s charities:
Red Cross Hospital: R200 000.00
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation: R125 383.39
Cotlands: R108 405.18
Local children’s organisations:
Durbanville Children’s Home: R38 034.95
Johannesburg’s Abraham Kriel Childcare: R 54 575.60

I was delighted to be included in the #MySchoolGiving Christmas campaign this year, which allowed me to choose from a selection of 6 beneficiaries for MySchool to make a donation of R2500 to, on my behalf.
These were the nominated charities:

Make a Difference Leadership Foundation – mentorship programmes for scholars
Funda Nenja – deworming and de-fleaing pets
Project Dignity – sanitary packs for school girls
Shark Spotters – educational beach safety fun day for underprivileged school kids
Thohoyandou Primary School – educational resources for 2017 learners
The Society for Animals in Distress – sterilisation of 25 domestic animals

and I chose to support Project Dignity, a non-profit organisation which aims to reduce absenteeism and dropout rates in schools and increase opportunities for girls to complete their education with dignity.

Fact:
It is a widespread, but unacknowledged problem that girls in Africa miss school and stay at home because of menstruation. According to UNICEF, 1 in 10 schoolgirls in Africa miss classes, or drop out completely due to their period and substitute regular pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or bark.

Have a quick think about what you would do if you couldn’t go to school because you had no access to sanitary pads – the mind boggles that this is an issue in this day and age!

The Solution:
A re-useable sanitary pad and pair of panties that are 100% cotton, with non-woven, runner based elastic so they don’t stretch out of shape. The sanitary pad is made from 5 layers of hydrophilic fabric, making it absorbent, fully washable and therefore re-useable and they will last a minimum of 5 years. They contain no gels or absorbent chemicals, so are totally biodegradable!

Thank you MySchool for the amazing work you do and for allowing me to make a small contribution towards a very worthy cause.

You can help too:
No matter which charity or cause you choose to support, it takes up none of your time and none of your money – you just swipe and MySchool donates.
If you don’t already donate or have a card, please do sign up – you can select up to 3 schools, charities or conservation organisations you would like to support and then each time you swipe your card at a Woolworths, Bidvest Waltons, Engen Foodstop, or Flight Centre, that retail partner makes a donation to your selected beneficiary, at no cost to you – easy peasy.

For more information on MySchool:
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Disclaimer:

This is a sponsored post.
All opinions are my own and MySchool is a programme I have proudly supported for over 10 years.
Information regarding Project Dignity is from their website as is the pic used.
All other pics were supplied.

 

 

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