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The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme is one of South Africa’s biggest community support programmes. We raise essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations through a system that encourages cardholders to shop at our 12 national and numerous local retail partners, who make a donation based on the value of the purchase. The system allows cardholders to make a difference to a worthy cause without it costing them a cent. The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme raises more than R3.5 million per month for the schools, charities, animal welfare and environmental organisations it supports.
More than 700 000 South Africans carry MySchool cards. Supporters apply for a free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card and select up to 3 schools and/or charities as their beneficiary/ies. When they purchase items from participating retailers they swipe the card with the purchase. A small percentage of their transaction is then allocated to their beneficiary school or charity. The partner stores pay the donation on behalf of the cardholder. All these transactions are recorded and a statement is sent to individual supporters on a monthly basis. The supporter card is not a credit or debit card but simply tracks transactions and funds raised.
You have the option to choose to support one of over 9000 schools and over 360 charities and environmental concerns.
MySchool beneficiaries: there are over 9 000 schools registered with MySchool. You can choose to support your local school. If you do not have a particular school you’d like to support, you might want to consider the Thuso School Fund, which supports a group of severely under-resourced schools across South Africa. Funding is allocated to feeding schemes, stationery and other needs.
MyVillage beneficiaries: charities that provide upliftment to communities and individuals in various ways other than the education school environment, such as SOS Children’s Villages, CHOC, Noah and National Hospice. These villages actively seek to improve the lives of our fellow men, women and children. To view a list of our villages, click here.
MyPlanet beneficiaries: organisations that focus on the improvement and protection of the environment and animals, such as The Society of Animals in Distress, Endangered Wildlife Trust, SPCA, EWT Rhino Fund and Birdlife SA. To view a list of our planets, click here.
If you do not have a particular charity you’d like to support, you might want to consider the Thuso Village Fund, which support a groups of under-resourced charities and animal protection organisations.
The success of the programme depends on the number of times you swipe your card. Supporters can use their cards at a range of national, regional and local retail partners on the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet system. Some of the national partners include Woolworths, Engen QuickShops, Waltons, SupaQuick, kalahari.com, Jack’s Paint, Toys R Us, Reggie’s, Altech Netstar and many more. To view a more comprehensive list of local business partners click here.
You can raise funds for your favourite school or charity without costing you a cent, and you can use one card at many different stores. There are 12 national partners and over 2000 partner stores where you can use your card across the country. Cardholders can take advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers. For example, you are automatically part of WRewards from Woolworths (which includes 10% or more off on up to 200 items in their stores and other benefits), you get R40 off every GetAhead or MathPro educational software item that you buy, and you get exclusive discounts on vehicle recovery from Altech Netstar. You will receive a monthly email statement showing exactly how much your beneficiary has raised.
Once you have received your supporter card, you can manage and change your support as follows:
It’s so convenient! When a child leave schools and the parents want to start supporting a charity, they can change beneficiaries without the hassle of getting a new card. You have the option to choose to support one of over 9000 schools and over 360 charities and environmental concerns.
In order to become a supporter, you need to be registered with MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and select a school or charity to support. You can register online, or get a card at your local Woolworths store. It’s quick and easy!
Apply for a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Card