PE shoppers raise over R1.5 million in MySchool funds

2016-12-14 06:03
Nolovuyo “Shorty” Ncayo, a kennel staff member at the Animal Welfare Society in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, with a puppy.      Photo: SUPPLIED

Nolovuyo “Shorty” Ncayo, a kennel staff member at the Animal Welfare Society in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, with a puppy. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth (AWS PE) recently received a whopping R60 272.45 as part of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme.

Thanks to cardholders in the Port Elizabeth area, R1 574 964.59 has been raised this year for a range of schools, charities and conservation organisations.

MySchool cardholders can nominate up to three beneficiaries when they swipe their cards at participating retailers every time they shop. The retailers make contributions on behalf of cardholders based on a percentage of the amount they spend, which is then distributed to the schools, charities or conservation bodies of their choice, at no additional costs to the shoppers.

Based on the more than R60 000 raised, AWS PE is definitely a firm favourite of PE MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders.

Based in Walmer, AWS PE rescues, rehabilitates and shelters all kinds of unwanted, neglected and abandoned animals. Empowered to enforce the Animal Protection Act, AWS PE runs a 24-hour service to respond to reports of animal cruelty.

Their facilities include catteries and kennels, as well as shelters for farm animals, other animals and birds. The organisation runs both a lost and found service and an adoption programme.

Another popular beneficiary among PE cardholders is the Aurora Special Care Centre, also based in Walmer.

Aurora runs both Residential and Stimulation Care centres providing professional care for profoundly mentally and physically handicapped children, as well as special needs children and adults.

Nationally, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme has raised over R70 million for South African schools, charities and environmental organisations in the last financial year thanks to the support of 1.2 million customers choosing to give back as they shop.

For schools and non-profit organisations across the country, the programme has become an important fundraising partner, making a much-needed contribution to the on-going funds they need to carry on their vital work.

“Every year it’s a delight to see how cardholders, schools, charities and businesses are working together to make every swipe count,” said Pieter Twine, MySchool’s General Manager. “We have become one of the country’s biggest community fundraising programmes that enables South Africans to make a difference, just by shopping. Well done, PE shoppers, for playing your part!”

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