vote4charity winners feedbackOur Vote4Charity competition winners share how their prize money is helping their organisations.

A total of 24 994 South Africans recently cast votes to support their favourite charity in the annual MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Vote4Charity survey. The winning charity, Dogtown SA/Barking Mad, a MyPlanet beneficiary, was followed closely by CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, a MyVillage beneficiary. In third place was the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). Here’s more on these charities and what they intend to do with their prizes.




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Dogtown SA / Barking Mad

Dogtown SA/Barking Mad, a MyPlanet beneficiary, received the highest number of votes in the recent Vote4Charity survey, and will use their R70 000 prize money to buy fencing for a new dog enclosure at their property.  They said, “We would like to publicly thank MySchool for this amazing opportunity, which will take us one step closer to moving all Dogtown’s residents across to their new home.”

Dogtown SA is a pro-life animal rehabilitation centre specialising in so-called “problem” dogs. and their focus is on helping dogs that need their specific expertise. They also have a retirement village for older dogs. As their focus is on misunderstood dogs, they cannot take in easily homeable dogs, and created the website so that people could network their dogs looking for homes with the assistance of rescue centres. For more go to:

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 as a support group to parents of children with cancer, by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes, they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of the child with cancer. Their aim is to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support.  As the runner-up in the Vote4Charity survey, CHOC received R35 000.

National Sea Rescue Institute - NSRI

Run by over 900 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity that saves lives on South African waters and teachers youngsters water safety. The R25 000 they received as the Vote4Charity second runner-up will be allocated to  Station 24 (Lamberts Bay), which primarily serves the area’s subsistence fishermen, who often get lost in the fog. Read more:


TEARS (The Emma Animal Rescue Society)

Finishing fourth in the MySchool Vote4Charity competition means that TEARS is able to sterilise and treat more dogs and cats in low communities areas of the southern suburbs of the Cape Peninsula.  R10,000 allows us to identify, sterilise and treat over 50 animals from communities that are in dire need of veterinary support.  TEARS is currently working in Vrygrond where we engage with the community and help with veterinary care and sterilisation of their animals.  As one of our primary goals our aim is to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats through sterilisation.  Through ongoing communication with owners the animals are transported to TEARS for sterilisation the following day.  They are then vaccinated for rabies and returned to the owners in the afternoon of the second day.  It’s all about helping communities understand the value and benefits of a sterilised pet as well as caring for their animals by addressing any veterinary needs. For more:

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Lucky Lucy Foundation

The Lucky Lucy Foundation is a non-profit, pro-life, pro-quality of life organizsation that tries to relieve the plight of severely neglected and abused township and street animals. They are also dedicated to the social upliftment and education of impoverished children and adults in and around Cape Town.

The R10 000 prize money from MySchool MyPlanet My Village will be used to provide food, medical treatment, sterilisation and more to transform these "no hope left" dogs and cats into adoptable family pets. “Thank you to our supporters and MySchool MyPlanet.” For more:

Pug Rescue South Africa

Funded solely by donations, this Benoni-based non-profit rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes unwanted, abandoned, neglected and surrendered pug dogs in South Africa, irrespective of age, health, breed standard or geography. Find out more:

MyPlanet Rhino Fund

The MyPlanet Rhino Fund, administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), supports best-practice and critical funding requirements in rhino conservation. Funds raised through the MyPlanet Rhino Fund are allocated (through a process of thorough review) to worthy rhino conservation initiatives and organisations which are in desperate need of help, and who have shown proven best practises and sustainability. The review panel consists of independent interested and affected parties from various stakeholder groups. For more:

DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Organisation)

DARG is a pro-life, non-profit organisation that rescues, cares for, sterilizes and rehomes previously abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs. A non-profit organisation, DARG provides a crucial role for the communities of Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and the greater Hout Bay area. For more:

SPCA – Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is exceptionally grateful to everyone who voted for our Society. Thanks to you, we made 9th place – and received a prize of R10 000 towards our work for animals.

There was great excitement when the winners were announced, because our Animal Hospital is in dire need of a new pulse oximeter... and this prize money will go a long way towards it. The pulse oximeter will make anaesthesia for dogs and cats undergoing surgery safer – allowing us to continue to speak for, protect and care for all animals.

Our vets and hospital staff work tirelessly around the clock to make sure that every animal admitted to our on-site Animal Hospital receive the best treatment possible, and this new, small, yet vitally important piece of equipment will do well to ensure just that. Thank you MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and supporters – thank you for caring for animals as much as we do.
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Endangered Wildlife Trust

Founded by Clive Walker, James Clarke and Neville Anderson in 1973 with the purpose of protecting South Africa’s threatened wildlife species, the EWT is a leading player in conservation. Their work includes identifying the key factors threatening biodiversity and developing innovative methodologies and best practice guidelines to reduce these and promoting harmonious co-existence and sustainable living for both people and wildlife. Their skilled field staff are deployed regionally and throughout southern Africa.

Its programmes inlude:
•    African Crane Conservation Programme
•    Birds of Prey Programme
•    Carnivore Conservation Programme
•    Conservation Science Unit
•    Drylands Conservation Programme
•    Skills Development Unit
•    Source to Sea Programme
•    Threatened Amphibian Programme
•    Threatened Grassland Species Programme
•    Urban Conservation Programme
•    Wildlife in Trade Programme
•    Wildlife & Energy Programme
•    Wildlife and Roads

To learn more about the EWT and its programmes, go to