This week MySchool together with Woolworths and the support of the 94.7 Highveld Stereo Ground Patrol team, will be visiting five schools across Johannesburg and Pretoria - where learners are in need of ‘Back to School’ materials - to hand over stationary, library books and lunch boxes to the value of R115 500-00.

This is part of a national ‘Back to School’ campaign, which will see five schools in Cape Town also receiving stationary, library books and lunch boxes to the same value.

 

At each of the five schools, every learner will receive a packed lunch and each school will receive stationary to the value of R3 600-00 and library books to the value of R3 000-00.

 

The beginning of a school year is a difficult time for many parents associated with the financial challenges of uniforms, stationary and books. The ‘Back to School’ campaign hopes to bring some relief to under-resourced schools where many learners come to school hungry and don’t have access to the stationary they need at the beginning of each year. All the books donated will go towards the school library, to ensure that learners have access to books when they come to school every day.

 

The ‘Back To School’ hand over starts on Monday, 3 February at Tshireletso Primary School in Meadowlands and then rolls out to: Seaparankwe Primary School in Atteridgeville on Tuesday, 4 February; Sheikh Anta Diop College in Yeoville on Wednesday, 5 February; Thusanang Primary School in Molapo on Thursday, 6 February; and Kingsway Christian School in Randpark Ridge on Friday, 7 February.

 

All schools were chosen based on their most urgent needs and are part of the MySchool beneficiaries. South Africans who would like to continue supporting these schools throughout the year can sign up for a MySchool card and nominate any of the schools as their beneficiary.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTES

About MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet

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 swipe their card at our retail partners, who will donate a percentage of your purchase value to the beneficiary of your choice. 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 million per month for the schools.

How does MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet work?

More than 700 000 South Africans carry MySchool cards. Supporters apply for a free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card and can 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.

MyVillage and MyPlanet

While originally the MySchool programme was exclusive to schools and only schools could sign up as beneficiaries, the programme has been extended to include charitable organisations and other worthy causes. MyVillage organisations are charities that care for people; MyPlanet organisations care for animals and the planet.

Getting a card

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 at www.myschool.co.za, call 0860 100 445, or get a card at your local Woolworths store. It’s quick and easy.