At MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Thuso means "to extend a helping hand".

The Thuso Fund for Schools and Charities has been created by MySchool to support under-resourced schools and charities across South Africa. By selecting either the under-resourced Thuso Fund as your beneficiary, you have the opportunity to make a direct contribution to schools and charities who need it most. The funds raised for these beneficiaries are administered by MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet in accordance with our Corporate Social Investment policy.

The Thuso Fund is used to support the following main social development focus areas:

  1. Education needs, specifically within under-resourced and previously disadvantaged communities, such as school resources, training material, physical repairs and financial assistance.
  2. Social upliftment of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children and individuals with disabilities, specifically in benefit of charities and communities that are under-resourced and/or previously disadvantaged.
  3. Environmental initiatives and support and protect the natural ecosystems of our country and that aims to reduce our national carbon footprint.
  4. Animal protection and rehabilitation.

The Thuso Fund is used to support special projects that address school and learner needs, such as fundraising projects, stationary donations, improved security, library books, repairs to school facilities or renovations, financial assistance with projects and equipment, etc. The Fund is also used to support charities that care for people, animals and the environment and will make a meaningful difference in these fields. Projects to date have included the donation of hearing aids, visual aids for the blind, animal welfare improvements, donations towards conservation of endangered animals, makeovers for children’s orphanages, and donations towards charities that work with street children.

Click here to apply for a card in support of the Thuso School Fund

How to apply for funding from the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Thuso Fund for Schools and Charities

Registered schools and NGOs may apply for funding and project support from the Thuso Fund.Applying for funding does not imply that funding will be approved. MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet initiates specific social investment projects, at our discretion and within our policy and strategy. We encourage organisations and schools to submit their proposals and request for consideration, but we retain the right to choose which projects and causes to support. We will contact you if your request has been approved.   

Please complete the funding request form here.

Thuso Fund Projects To Date:

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2015

Jan 2015: Stationery Donations

With the help of Woolworths we prepare school backpacks filled with stationery for schools who don’t have enough stationery. We also assist schools with reams of paper and filing equipment for their staff.

March 2015: Volunteer Firefighters

Water donations for Firefighters whilst they are fighting the raging fire around the peninsula on the hottest day that Cape Town has seen for the past 100 years helps to ensure that our brave volunteers stay hydrated and ready for action.

April 2015: Amy Biehl Foundation

MySchool assists the Amy Biehl Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Skills Development and Vocational training programme which includes hospitality, fashion design (sewing and beading) and financial literacy. These workshops help young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 years in the townships.

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2014

Jan-Dec 2014: Community of Learning Principals (CoLP)

The CoLP initiative brings together principals from all over the Western Cape to equip them with free leadership and management skills required to deal with the range of challenges they encounter at schools.

Jan 2014: Fulton School for the Deaf

A special donation of two Mini-Portable Science Labs will allow this school to make science more practical during 2014 for learners with hearing impairments.

March 2014: WWF Earth Hour

For every MyPlanet card issued during the week of Earth Hour, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet commited to making a R50 donation towards WWF SA (specifically their initiatives to support sustainable energy development).

March 2014: Eisleben Primary School Mitchell’s Plain

We made a donation of books towards this schools seed library.

June 2014: Tutudesk Campaign

In honour of Youth Day we raised an additional R280 000 which will help to give 2 000 children portable lap desks.

July 2014 Cotlands Mandela day

MySchool donated 67 Care Packages for vulnerable children to help Cotlands.

August 2014: Kwa Thintwa School for the Deaf 

Kwa Thintwa school for the deaf (the Zulu word meaning “To be Touched”), caters for 320 learners ranging between the ages of 3 - 21 years. Most of the learners hail from different areas throughout KwaZulu-Natal, many from distant rural settings. The parents of most of the learners are economically disadvantaged and experience much difficulty. Our donation of a portable science lab is helping the school to make science more practical and visual.

October 2014: Sunflower Fund

MySchool commits to a donation of R5000 towards the Sunflower Fund Jenny Moris initiative which aimed to raise money to pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors to increase the Bone Marrow Registry of South Africa in turn giving patients suffering with leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders the hope of finding their 1:100 000 donor match.

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2013

Jan – Dec 2013: Sponsorship of Community of Learning Principals (CoLP)

The CoLP initiative brings together principals from all over the Western Cape to equip them with free leadership and management skills required to deal with the range of challenges they encounter at schools.

Jan – Dec 2013: Algoa FM Cares donations

MySchool announces donations to needy beneficiaries in the Algoa area in the form of cash donations. These donations are announced live on air as part of the Algoa Cares show, where local beneficiaries appeal for funding. This year we assisted Die Heuwel Primary School, PAWS( Plett Animal Welfare Society), Philip Nikiwe Primary School, Progressive Ikamva Combined Special School,  Nov: CARES:  Cheshire Home .

Feb 2013: Stationery donation

224 learners from the greater Atlantis, Melkbos and Philadelpia areas received stationery to the value of R55 000 thanks to MySchool and Woolworths. The donation means these learners should have all the exercise books, pencils and ball point pens they’ll need for the 2013 school year.

March 2013: WWF Earth Hour

In support of the international Earth Hour initiative MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet committed to donate R50 to WWF for every new MyPlanet card issued over the Earth Hour week. Over R13 000 was donated.

May 2013: Book donation to three schools

In partnership with Biblionef we funded school books for 3 rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal and a school in Mpumalanga, worth over R30 000 in total.

Sept 2013: Cart Horse Protection Association

 The Association were glad to receive our donation which helped them to host a large fundraising initiative and raise even more funds.

Oct 2013: Cape Kidney Association

 The donation of R20 000 towards the Association helped them to assist people renal failure and who require special care and support.

Nov 2013: SPCA Wiggle Waggle Dog Walk

This annual dog walk is the biggest in the country and a crucial fundraising event for teh SPCA Cape of Good Hope. Your donation helped the SPCA to host a special family event and raise over R120 000.

Nov 2013: Amy Biehl Foundation Donation

A R20 000 donation towards the Amy Biehl Foundation allowed them to host a special school holiday camp for over 120 youngsters.

Dec 2013: Operation Smile

Special festive donation project in partnership with Woolworths and our cardholders help us to raise over R500 000 in funds for cleft palate operations for 100 children.

Dec 2013: 4 Schools receive donations through uBuntu

The Huisgenoot/You uBuntu 50 Christmas Wishes campaign approached us to assist 4 needy schools. We were happy to help out Enrique Nursery & Pre-School (Gauteng) with R5000 for books and writing materials, Leeu-Gamka PriméreSkool (near Beaufort-West) which needed R5000 for school shoes, Lands End Junior Secondary School (Mthatha) who also needed school shoes and Lerato Education Centre (Eikenhof, Gauteng) with R10 000 for food and clothes.

 

2012

December 2012: Made children smile

Donation towards Operation Smile to help 100 children have cleft palate and cleft lip operations in 2013.

KfM Truck of Love: 200 gift bags of toys, food, stationery donated to children at Thembalethu School in Gugulethu.

November 2012: Wishes come true

uBuntu Christmas Wishes: 10 needy schools receive R10 000 each through a partnership with Huisgenoot/You uBuntu.

October 2012: Teachers Day and Donation of toys

Teacher's Day: MySchool works together with partner Woolworths to acknowledge and reward outstanding teachers in SA.

Donation of 3000 toys in partnership with Toys R Us to 5 different orphanages and homes

September 2012: Algoa Cares

Algoa Cares: various on-air donations towards beneficiaries in the Eastern Cape in partnership with Algoa FM

August 2012: SA Mast Kennel Build Day

SA Mast Kennel Build Day: as a main sponsor we helped 100 kennels to be built.

July 2012: Mandela Day

Mandela Day:We committed to dressing and feeding 31 young children from various countries around the world who are participating in a Youth Dialogue in Johannesburg, hosted by South African Airways (SAA). We also donated 67 care packages to Cotlands Johannesburg to meet their basic needs for the orphaned children who they assis.

July 2012: Supporting SAVA (South African Vetinarary Clinics)

Following their request for funding, we have donated funds to pay for 100 MyPlanet Branded T-shirts for "Walk the Talk" fun walk and WODAK exhibition.     

July 2012: The Animal Rescue Organisation receive new uniforms

The Animal Rescue Organisation recently suffered a fire that unfortunately destroyed a number of office items but fortunately no one was harmed. This worthy organisation appealed to us for new staff uniforms, and we were happy to assist.

July 2012: Extreme Makeover at Leliebloem House

3rd Extreme Makeover with Newkidz on the Block and heart 104.9fm, here we come!

June 2012: We donate R20 000 to Cart Horse Protection Association

In support of the print and distribution of Cart Horse's annual calendars, we are donating R20 000 to this organisation. These calendars are used to create awareness of the work they are doing and raise additional income to sustain their efforts. In this instance, every "calendar" counts!

June 2012: R50 000 donation to Kannemeyer Primary School

This school appealed to us recently to help them restore their Library, prior to their 50th anniversary. We are happy to sow into this school, he is doing all it can to become an example of giving in their community.

June 2012: We warm up the learners involved with the Uplands Outreach

Uplands Outreach is a joint initiative between Uplands Prep and Uplands College in White River, Mpumalanga (both schools are beneficiaries of our programme, which is terrific).  This year Outreach launched a new programme for fifty Grade Ten maths learners from our disadvantaged partner schools in rural Mpumalanga.  For the next three years, the fifty learners will travel to Uplands on Saturdays for special training in mathematics, literacy, leadership and computer literacy. 

As we approach winter, we have donated a Woolworths gift card valued at R9100 for the organisers to purchase fleece jackets for the learners, to keep them warm while they wait for the taxis to collect them at 6am on Saturday mornings. We wish the learners and the organisers of the outreach the very best! What great work they are doing.

May 2012: We make an investment into Maths!

Maths software to the value of R155 000 was recently donated to 19 under-resourced Western Cape schools, giving these learners all a chance to improve their maths skills. MySchool, the national fundraising organisation and one of their retail partner’s, Evalunet, an educational software provider, donated the software to the schools at a handover ceremony held at Elkanah House in Parklands recently, with the main objective of improving maths teaching and learning over a period of two years.

The targeted learners at the schools are the current grade 8 and grade 11 students, and in 2013 the grade 9 and grade 12 learners.

Criteria for the selected schools include having an existing and functioning computer laboratory, and taking responsibility for maintaining the equipment and software. Maths teachers should take ownership at leadership level and show commitment to improve the maths results.

At the end of the 2 year sponsorship, there must be a significant difference in the maths matric average compared to the past 5 years and an increase in learners choosing to do maths in Grade 10 compared to the past 5 years. We’d also like to see a measurable difference in the capability of the maths teachers at the participating schools, as well as a commitment from them to coach and mentor maths teachers at other schools.

Schools benefiting from the handover in the southern suburbs are:

  • Groenvlei Senior Secondary School
  • Harold Cressy High School
  • Hector Pieterson Secondary School
  • Livingstone High School
  • Ned Doman High School
  • Silverstream Secondary School
  • Trafalgar Secondary School
  • Belgravia High School

In the northern suburbs the participating schools are:

  • Masibambane Senior Secondary School
  • Sinenjongo  High School
  • Bellville South High School
  • Modderdam High School
  • Cravenby Secondary
  • Khanya School
  • Wallacedene Secondary School
  • Windermere Senior secondary
  • Uitzig Secondary school
  • Kensington High School
  • Perseverance High School

May 2012: Donation of supplies to St. Thomas Children's Home in Durban

St Thomas Children’s Home approached East Coast Radio station with a special request to assist them. The Children’s Home currently helps 60 children between 2 and 10 years of age and sent a wish list of items that they need. This chidlren’s home have been around for over 15 years and is well known and respected. They have a good reputation but are located in a very poor area.

MySchool happily announced live on air on Tuesday, 8 May, that we will be supplying this organisation with the following goods:

  • Office chairs for admin offices
  • School uniforms for 12 children
  • Books
  • Raincoats and other clothing for the children who walk to school 

May 2012: MySchool donates R20 000 worth of musical instruments to Garlandale Primary School

Garlandale Primary School based in Athlone recently started offering their learners Music (by SD Music) as an extra-curricular subject. Over 80 students have registered to be a part of this enriching programme. Parents and learners are invested into growing their musical ability - but there was a shortage of instruments to meet the demand. This school reached out to us with their wish list to help the Musos-in-training prepare for first Cultural Evening and support tuition and the programme for a number of years to come.

If you would like to support this school, get a MySchool card in aid of them. Every swipe counts!

April 2012:

We donate R5000 each to the SPCA Uitenhage and Child Welfare East London through the Algoa Cares initiative on Algoa FM.

April 2012: School uniform donation

Assemblies of God College is an under-resourced school attended by 100 boys located in Henley-on-Klip in Vereeniging. Recently disaster struck and the boy’s hostel has been destroyed. The boys grabbed what they could but mattresses, beds, cupboards and clothes and books were left behind and destroyed in the fire. The school kindly requested emergency relief. They have been assisted with food and shelter by the Lions Club, who is also raisings funds to assist them. MySchool will be donating school uniforms to this school as we believe that every child should be given the essentials.

March 2012: Repair water tank at Smiling Valley Farm School

This impoverished school has an enrollment of 196 learners. They don’t have running water and depend on rain for fresh water. Their current system of gutters and pipes were blown out by storm and as a result, their water tank is not collecting any fresh water which has left the school destitute. We are happy to report that we will be paying the repair cost of R40 000 to ensure that this school has all the running water they need.

March 2012: Mini portable science labs donated to 7 schools

Following a request for science equipment, on 22 March, 7 schools in Umlazi received mini portable science labs to meet their need. The benefiting schools are:

  1. Embizweni High School
  2. Esiphetwini Junior Primary School
  3. Maphumuzana Combined Primary School
  4. Velabahleke High School
  5. Ekwazini High School
  6. Amazulu High School
  7. Albini High School

February 2012: St. Paul's Primary School receive a playgym from MySchool

This under-resourced school appealed to MySchool last year with a desperate need for positive play activities at their school – many learners have no creative outlet for their energy. Following this request, we approached our supporters and set this challenge:

Help us to reach 5000 facebook fans and we will donate R5000 to St. Paul’s Primary School in Cape Town. 

We are happy to report that thanks to your outstanding support and compassion, we have reached our goal and the school has installed a new playgym for learners!

February 2012: R20 000 donated to EWT MyPlanet Rhino Fund and Operation Smile

In celebration of our MyPlanet Ambassador, Braam Malherbe's, successful mission to the South Pole - we have decided to donate R20 000 towards the EWT Rhino Fund and R20 000 towards Operation Smile, two organisations that Braam works very closely with and actively supports. Every Rand counts!

January 2012: Giving through Algoa Cares

Algoa FM, the radio station that covers PE and East London, have extended their reach to George! 

They run a weekly programme on Wednesdays called ALGOA CARES where they chat live to a local charity or school in need and invite the local community to make donations of products, services and cash towards the charity.  For example, last year, Loaves and Fishes organisation was on and people were calling in to pledge to donate food, the local Spar shop called to donate R500 and we also called in and donated R10 000!

We have started off this year by donating R5000 to Animal Outreaches through the Algoa Cares initiative. Animal Outreaches provides animal welfare assistance in township areas eg. vaccinations, sterilisations, health check ups, etc. What a cause! If you would like to support a similar organisation, check out our top Planets.

2011

December 2011: R10 000 bonus to Cart Horse Protection Association

In the spirit of Christmas, we created a "gift that gives back" gift idea catalogue for our supporters to shop for an alternative gift for a loved one. We ran a VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE competition and asked people to send us their votes and we would reward the organisation who received the most votes with a R10 000 bonus. Majority of the votes were cast in favor of the Cart Horse Protection Association gift i.e. feed a cart horse for R355.

December 2011: Our pledge to the Amy Biehl Foundation

The Amy Biehl Foundation has been a MyVillage beneficiary since 2007. This diverse and pro-active organisation has helped shape the lives of thousands of underprivileged children from the townships since it started back in 1994 through education, art and music.

To support their expanding footprint and the growing need, we have pledged to donate R4500 per month for the next 12 months to this outstanding organisation. This donation will enable this Foundation to spread more hope and joy to the youth of South Africa.

November 2011: Granting 6 Christmas wishes

We donated R10 000 each to six impoverished schools - through the YOU/ Huisgenoot Ubuntu feature.

November 2011: Another Christmas wish granted through KFm

Annually Kfm 94.5 puts out a call to action to listeners to nominate people who deserve a break. People write in requesting that “wishes” be granted to deserving people who are in need. KfM approached us to assist with sponsoring the student fees for a young learner currently studying food technology at the University of Technology. The student’s mother, Virginia Thys, is a cleaning lady at a local hotel and has recently contracted a very serious illness. She is very weak and should not be working but continues to work in order to pay for her daughter’s study fees, travel fees etc. MySchool is set to sponsor the tuition fees for the daughter in order to remove the financial pressure from her mother. We also sponsored a R3 000 in Woolworths gift card to assist them with food and clothing for the Festive season.

October 2011: A playgym for St. Paul’s Primary School

St. Paul’s Primary School based in Cape Town, desperatly appealed to us to sponsor a much needed playgym. Thanks to the help of our supporters, who “liked” our facebook page, we were able to donate R5000 to the installation of this playgym.

October 2011: A Planet and Village receive a donation

This year, we decided to support the fundraising efforts of one our our Planet beneficiaries, The Society for Animals in Distress, and one of our Village beneficiaries, The National Council of the Blind - with a donation of just over R10 000 each. Both organisations arranged Fun Walks as a way to celebrate their work, unite their supporters and raise much needed funds to continue their community support.

October 2011: A R120 000 investment into our community leaders

Community of Learning Principals (CoLP) is an initiative founded by Symphonia of South Africa and the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. This project aims to bridge the gap between principals and business leaders, and ensure that they partner together to effectively lead our community and diminish the current challenges at schools. We believe that the Principals of this country are worth investing into - their leadership abilities need to be developed and nurtured.

CoLP is focused on doing just this. Thanks to the Thuso School fund we were able to donate R120 000 to CoLP to ensure that they offer free leadership training and information sharing workshops in 2012 that will re-energise and focus these vital leaders within our community. We will keep you updated of events in 2012.

August 2011: Rooipan Primary School

Rooipan Primary School is situated on the farm Rooipan in the North West Province on the N14 towards Ventersdorp. The school consist of 2 classrooms and a small office that is also the library and kitchen. The school has long drops for bath rooms for the 43 learners currently attending.

Rooipan’s learners’ parents are farm workers and unemployed people living on the farms in the surrounding areas. This section 21 school (i.e. no school fees) receives a small subsidy from the Department of Education, however the subsidy hardly covers all the expenses of a school to give the learners optimum education, plus support the feeding scheme.

Many of the children in the surrounding area do not have transport to and from school. There are some children that walk up to 22km to get to school daily. The school has recently started a small boarding school for the children that have transport problems.

When we heard that the children were sleeping on the floor, MySchool decided to pitch in and donated 36 much-needed mattresses.

August 2011: Vissershok Container Classroom

MySchool proudly joined forces with the Woolworths Making the Difference Through Design Programme, Safmarine and Afrisam to transform an abandoned container into a much needed classroom for Grade R learners at Visserhok Primary School in Contermanskloof.

Grade 10 to 12 learners in the Western Cape were tasked to make over the container into a safe eco-friendly room that would inspire creativity, encourage learning and develop young minds – mission accomplished!

July 2011: Mandela Day celebrated with 93 children

International Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July and the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet team,  together with our partner Woolworths, have joined hands with South African Airways and the Nelson Mandel Foundation to make this day a little bit brighter for 93 children from across the country.

June 2011: Extreme Makeover of Baphumelele Children’s Home

3 Days and over R1,6 million in renovations. This is what it took to transform this orphanage into a happy place and a dignified home for the 73 children who currently stay at Baphumelele Children’s Home. MySchool committed to the makeover initiative in partnership with Heart104.9FM and NewKidz on the Block (an NGO) and together we managed this extreme transformation. 

June 2011: Community of Learning Principals

Schools are the centre of communities. Many social challenges that are faced in South Africa are directly related to the breakdown of communities. There are national debates around what needs to be done to improve the quality of schooling in South Africa. Through empowering school principals in the Western Cape we partnered with Symphonia for South Africa (an NGO) and the South Africans Principals Association (SAPA), to present the COLP (Community of learning principals) event. Experienced academics, business and community leaders will partner with school principals to get actively and enthusiastically engaged in the challenges faced in schools and to empower them to deal with these challenges.

Over a 100 principals attended the event. Discussion topics included personal profiling, school assessment, how to position schools at the centre of a community, and success stories/innovative ideas. School principals reported that this initiative empowered them in many ways, including making them even more determined to take up their leadership roles in communities for active change.

June 2011: Algoa Cares donations

Donation of R5 000 to Quest School in East London through the Algoa FM “Algoa Cares” initiative. Quest School is a deserving school servicing the local community with quality education, but due to financial strain are struggling to make ends meet. MySchool responded to their call for help through a cash donation which will be used for specific educational resources.

May 2011: MySchool with Woolworths pays it forward by giving away R100 000

On reaching their 100 000 facebook fans milestone, Woolworths approached MySchool to do a campaign to say "Thank you" to their fans and also to pay it forward. With the help of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme Woolworths created a facebook poll and asked their fans to vote for their top 10 favourite MyVillage MyPlanet charities. The TOP 10 MyVillage/MyPlanet charities with the most 'LIKES' on their logo received R10 000 each (Woolworths donating a total of R50 000 and MySchool R50 000 through the Thuso Fund). These are the charities that won the competition and received a much needed R10 000 donation each for the wonderful work that they do.

Position        Votes    Charity Name

1st                369        Highveld Horsecare Unit

2nd               325        NSPCA

3rd                203        Cart Horse Protection Association

4th                201        The Society for Animals in Distress

5th                187         EWT Myplanet Rhino Fund

6th                176         SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind

7th                145         Border Collie Rescue

8th                141         SA MASS Animal Sterilization Trust

9th                128         SANCCOB Foundation

10th              108       Abraham Kriel Childcare

March 2011: Sponsorship to the Langa Youth Rugby Team

World Sports Events recently hosted the biggest inter-school sport week in South Africa at Stellenbosch’s famous Paul Roos Gymnasium. MySchool was part of the festivities and proud to sponsor R25 000 towards two teams from Langa. This donation paid for their travel and accommodation requirements. With over 130 teams participating in rugby, netball and hockey the weekend of sports was packed with opportunities for young stars to shine.

February 2011: Shine Centre for Literacy

The Shine Centre, a volunteer driven NGO in the Western Cape that provides literacy and language enrichment support to second language learners in Grades R to 3, received in excess of 284 books and a R20,000 donation from MySchool and kalahari.com.

February 2011: Marianhill Junior Primary School Computer Room

MySchool spent in excess of R40, 000 to turn a converted cargo container into a functional facility for Mariannhill’s learners. Under the auspices of Principal, Mrs JR Mngadi, the learners of Mariannhill’s Junior Primary School saw the opening of their very own computer resource centre thanks to the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising initiative. On the day of the handover event, MySchool made a further commitment to the school by announcing the programme would pay for teacher training and assist with ongoing maintenance and support of the facility to the value of R5, 000.

2010

December 2010: Kfm Wish Bursary Sponsorship

The annual KfM Wish project has become a well-loved institution at MySchool. For the second year in a row we were able to fulfil a wish and help a young student complete his studies at University.

MySchool is sponsoring Warwick Vos’ R26 000 study fees for 2011, R10 000 for books and stationery, and has given him and his family a R4 000 Woolworths gift card to ensure they have a brilliant festive season. Once he has completed his degree (LLB Postgraduate) he will be a qualified patent attorney. His dream is to make a difference in South Africa wherever he goes, and prove that anything is possible.

November 2010: SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

For the 17th year running, hundreds of animal-lovers and their dogs participated in the SPCA Royal Canin Wiggle Waggle Walkathon on the 28 November 2010. In total there were 2,251 dog-walkers and 1,751 dogs that took part in the biggest organized dog walk in the Western Cape. This event raised R110 659, for abused, neglected and abandoned animals.

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme pledged to give R10 for every dog that participated in the Walkthon and therefore an additional R17,510 was donated to the SPCA – Cape of Good Hope (CoGH).

November 2010: Amy Biehl Foundation Fundraising Dinner

The Amy Biehl Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner was as successful as ever. The foundation used the event to highlight the great successes of the year past and also their plans for the future. The foundation is continuing to grow from strength to strength. Despite the successes however they still rely solely on the generosity and compassion of individual and corporate donors. MySchool donated R10 000 from the Thuso Village Fund in support of the township projects that they run, knowing that our money will be spent wisely and towards active youth development.

October 2010: SA National Council for the Blind Sponsorship

The International White Cane Safety Awareness Day Fun Walk, run and hosted by the SA National Council for the Blind, was a great success and MySchool donated R100 per registered entry (R16 700 was donated in total). The Council, in turn, promised to use these funds to make white canes more readily available to needy blind people for whom the cane is not only a vital tool for their daily lives, but also a symbol of their independence..

October 2010: Molelwane Primary School renovations

In May 2010 Molelwane Primary School in Fafung Village outside Brits, North West Province, approached us as a last resort to their desperate call for help. In September 2009, the school lost their roof in a terrible storm and has been operating without it since then.

This school serves the local township and rural community from the area and is attended by over 110 learners. We decided to help this needy school with over R90 000 in renovations.

July 2010: MySchool Celebrates Mandela Day

On Sunday, 18 July 2010, the world celebrated the 92nd birthday of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

SAA flew 92 children (to celebrate 92 years of Madiba’s life) from the Qunu and Mvezo villages in the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Foundation on Saturday 17 July to sing happy birthday to Madiba. The 92 children also presented him with birthday cards signed by the plane’s passengers. We donated over R40 000 worth of school wear, shoes, socks, underwear, warm tops and edible goodies for each child to take home in a lovely canvas bag.

June 2010: Play Gym Donation to Noah Ark

A play gym was donated by Toys R Us and MySchool to a local Johannesburg orphanage. It is ideal for the “ark” (as the home is called) as it provides the children with a safe and educational toy that will benefit the home for many years to come. The ark is home to orphaned, vulnerable and abandoned children from the local community and is dedicated to providing a safe and encouraging home for the youngsters.   

Additional highlights of the day included the celebratory party sponsored by MySchool (including delicious hot dogs and party hampers).

April 2010: Bobs for Good Foundation Donation

Bobsforgood was founded by Bob Skinstad and Ron Rutland in 2009. It’s a 100% South African organisation, sourcing its suppliers and shoes from South African companies. The vision of the Bobsforgood foundation is to give every South African school child in need a pair of school shoes for that journey.

To assist with the project, MySchool donated R14 000 to the project, to buy shoes for needy children of the Eastern Cape.

March 2010: St George’s Home for Girls Extreme Makeover

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 transformed 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.

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. The transformation was dramatic and the house has become a home for the girls who live here.

2009

2009: KfM Christmas Wish

Dean, a first year student from Cape Town University of Technology, has had a very tough year. His mother has passed away and his father is not actively involved in his live. He was struggling to make ends meet; living on a mattress in his aunt's house, working over weekends to pay his studies and volunteering with the ambulance services while completing his National Health Certificate.

His cousin wrote to KfM with a special wish that someone would help Dean. MySchool, through the Thuso School Fund, was able to offer Dean a sponsorship of R21 000 to complete his studies. This would pay for his study fees, the equipment he needs and his books.

November 2009: SPCA Cape of Good Hope Wiggle Waggle

The SPCA of the Cape of Good Hope held their biggest fundraising event, a massive doggie-walk, to raise funds for the year ahead. MySchool assisted, through the Thuso Village Fund, by committing a R10 donation for every dog that participated in the walk. A record amount of 1613 dog participated, and as a result MySchool donated R16 130 to this organisation.

November 2009: Amy Biehl Foundation Fundraising Dinner

The Amy Biehl Foundation is dreaming big. In 2010 they want to open new care units that are dedicated to taking children off the streets of Cape Town and give them new aspirations and dreams. The work they do within the townships surrounding Cape Town has been commended by the city. MySchool donated R7500 from the Thuso Village Fund in support of their biggest fundraising project of the year, their gala dinner.

October 2009: SARDA Charity Race Day

The SA Riding For the Disabled Association offers therapeutic and recreational horse riding for people with physical disabilities. The benefits for disabled horse riders with special needs are numerous, including improved physical, psychological and social functioning. MySchool donated R6 000 from the Thuso Village Fund in support of their biggest fundraising project of the year.

2008

November 2008: Stationery Collection Drive for Ysterplaat Junior Primary

Ysterplaat Junior Primary School, Western Cape, was in desperate need of stationery for their pupils. We invited Cape Town residents to make a much needed donation to this local school: both old and new stationery was welcome! The donation was a great success. Over 20 large boxes of stationery were donated. MySchool also bought books and crayons for the school from the Thuso School Fund.

April 2008: Toy Donation Drive for Cotlands and Noah

Toys R Us and MySchool worked together to collect toys and baby goods for Cotlands and Noah orphanages and homes. The toys play a big part in holistic care and trauma counceling. The Thuso School Fund allowed us to reach Cotlands and Noah arks across the country to deliver more than 455 large boxes of toys to children that desperately need it.

Ongoing: Dinaledi "Shining Star" Schools

The Dinaledi schools have been identified by Government as schools that require additional resources to address their specific needs in advancing matchs and science development. The Thuso School Fund makes monthly cash contributions to two of these schools. In an effort to ensure this donation does not become a "hand-out" but a "hand-up", MySchool is also working closely with the school  to help them gain more MySchool supporters, build better support networks in the local community and to ensure they empower themselves.

Ongoing: kalahari.com book donations

MySchool nominates schools and charities from the Thuso School Fund to benefit from the regular kalahari.com book donation drives. These donations have already benefited more than 5 schools, allowing most of them to establish a library for the very first time.