The 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 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. Woolworths then 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 tool solely focused on providing individuals with the opportunity to raise funds for 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.
Benefits of being a cardholder1. You can raise funds for your favourite school or charity without costing you a cent.
2. You can use one card at many stores.
3. Exclusive discounts and special offers.
4. You will receive a monthly email statement showing exactly how much your beneficiary has raised.
5. You can change your beneficiaries whenever you want.
MyVillage supports charities and welfare organisations that help vulnerable people in communities. From orphans and children in need, to our senior citizens and people with disabilities, MyVillage supports many organisations.
Cotlands, Childline, CHOC, SA National Council for the Blind, The Starfish Foundation, NOAH, Sunflower Fund, Children’s Hospital Trust (Red Cross), NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute), SAGA (Guide Dog Association), Doctors without Borders, SOS Children’s Village, Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Amy Foundation Trust, and many more.
MyPlanet is focused on wildlife conservation, the environment and animal welfare.
These organisations include:
WWF, SANCCOB, The Society for Animals in Distress, Endangered Wildlife Trust, the MyPlanet Rhino Fund, the SPCA National Fund, Border Collie Rescue, FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, National Horse Trust, Animal Anti-Cruelty League, WESSA and BirdLife SA, and many more.