During June 2009 Woolworths Food committed themselves to a MySchool inspired Youth Day promotion. Besides offering customers special discounts on 32 food products, Woolworths also dedicated additional funds in benefit of MySchool on each of these products sold. Through this campaign over R450 000 of funds were raised in benefit of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.

Our new roomsThese funds have now been used to make a very meaningful difference in the local Ottery community.

With the help of Newkidz on the Block, an NGO specialising in extreme makeovers for dilapidated properties that are home to children in need, MySchool and Woolworths have decided to transform St George’s Home for Girls. The home is situated between Ottery and Wynberg in the Cape region and is currently the only residential care facility in the area that cares for abused, abandoned and homeless girls. St George’s Home has a legacy of more than 140 years and currently cares for up to 40 girls, aged between 3 and 18.

MySchool and Woolworths decided to invest in this home for many reasons. The home does amazing work. They are dedicated to finding new homes for the girls, integrating them into the local community (the girls attend school, do extra-mural activities and go to church), and also providing them with various life skills such as interview skills, computer training and more. The home’s manager Greame Cairns told us after the makeover that “This has been a dream come true. You plan ahead and imagine how you will have to do various fundraising project to do sections of the home over the next 4 or 5 years. What we have done is do all these projecst in only 4 days!”

The Extreme Makeover saw the participation of various sub-sponsors and over  470 volunteers. 618 shifts were filled over the 4 and a half days during March – some of the hottest days thus far this year!

Lagoon Beach Hotel offered to house the girls and staff during the makeover – a brilliant experience for all of them! They never knew how much work was planned for the home. Therefore, upon their return on Sunday afternoon, the girls were completely surprised by the massive changes. The highlights were the new laminated flooring, beautiful new bedding and towels (sponsored by Woolworths), wall murals in their recreation room and outside, the bigscreen TV, freshly painted interior and rooms in lovely fresh colours, the “salon” room where they could run their own beauty salon, the new cupboards and lights. The home was completely transformed.

To see more photos of the volunteers in action visit our Facebook Gallery.

Before the makeover: After the makeover

To see more photos of the volunteers in action visit our Facebook Gallery.

 

Sponsors:

Our new roomsWoolworths
MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme
Newkidz on the Block
Cape Core Construction
Jack’s Paint and Hardware
Easylife Kitchens
Sale’s Hire
Lagoon Beach Hotel and Spa
Superior Cabinet Doors
Deco Flooring
ZA Painting
Top Carpets and Blinds
Stark Ayres
Builders Warehouse Tableview
ProCeilings
RGee Electrical
Waste Rhapsody
One Call
Waltons
Camilla Interior Designs
Cape Core Rubble
Dynamic Bedding
Bright’s Electrical
Market Toyota
Archie’s FastFood
Mural Mania
Burning Bush
Prinston Security
Summit Crane Hire
Hi-Fi Corporation
Snyman 4x4
Just 4 U

Thank you to all sponsors, especially Woolworths, Jack’s Paint and Kalahari.com for participation and your commitment.

 

To see more photos of the volunteers in action visit our Facebook Gallery.