The MySchool fundraising programme was established on 30 September 1997 by a Johannesburg based parent who wanted to help his child’s school raise more funds in an easy and sustainable manner. Registered under the company name "Virtual Market Place", the MySchool programme soon became a popular fundraising tool in many schools.

The little entrepreneurial business grew from strength to strength. Woolworths became the programme’s main partner and later bought majority share in the business. Later Woolworths decided to buy out the whole business and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet became part of the Woolworths Group of Companies. 

The programme began as a fundraising programme solely focused on providing individuals with the opportunity to support their local School every time they shopped, but expanded to assist “Villages” and “Planets” around 2007 due to the vast and growing need in South Africa, hence the programme is now called MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.

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MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet raises over R4 million for over 10 000 schools and charitable organisations every month – that’s over R36 million per year on average towards helping our community.

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