Lace up your shoes to help

2017-04-12 06:00
Germa Hattingh and Lloyd Cele promoting Tekkie Tax Day. Photo: Supplied

Germa Hattingh and Lloyd Cele promoting Tekkie Tax Day. Photo: Supplied

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The annual national Tekkie Tax Day is held on 26 May and members of the public are again urged to support the day.

The initiative aims to help a variety of welfare organisations to protect the vulnerable.

In support of the campaign, members of the public are requested to wear their Tekkie Tax Day sticker of choice on the day. There is also the option of just jazzing up your tekkies with a pair of funky Tekkie Tag shoelaces.

Tekkie Tax Day has been part of the South African calendar for the last four years and once again allows the opportunity to show with your feet where your heart lies.

Tekkie Tax is reported to have raised more than R22 million so far with a long list of remarkable impact on ground level.

The campaign started in 2013 when a few of South Africa’s biggest and most accountable welfare organisations joined forces.

Marieta Kemp, director of social services of the South African Woman’s Federation (SAVF), said: “The large number of welfare organisations involved help us to keep the cost structure low and this will ensure that the maximum donations can be used by us to deliver our services on grass roots level.”

Choose your sticker for a cause close to your heart, jazz up your tekkies with a funky pair of Tekkie Tag shoelaces and you are ready for National Tekkie Tax Day.

In order to participate, one needs to buy the stickers for R10 each, and Tekkie Tag shoelaces for R35, at all Clicks, Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores. There will also be more than 250 participating non-profit organisations selling these items with the aim of convincing every South African to be part of the fun.

There are currently 12 national beneficiaries and they represent more than 1 000 local non-profit organisations.

The beneficiaries are Epilepsy SA, Meals on Wheels, Child Welfare SA, SOS Children’s Villages, Childhood Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics SA, CANSA, Imisebeyelanga Services, Free State Care in Action (VVA), NG Welsyn, Endurocad, SAVF and various animal welfare organisations.

Orders can also be placed online via the Tekkie Tax website www.tekkietax.co.za.

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