Put your best foot forward on Tekkie Tax Day this Friday

2017-05-24 06:00
; Annelise de Jager, founder of the Tekkie Tax project.                Photo:SUPPLIED

; Annelise de Jager, founder of the Tekkie Tax project. Photo:SUPPLIED

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PORT Elizabeth residents will get the chance to show their support for deserving organisations by participating in National Tekkie Tax Day this Friday, May 26.

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

Marieta Kemp, Director of Social Services for the Suid-Afrikaanse Vroue-Federasie (SAVF) said, “The large number of welfare organisations involved helps us to keep the costs structure low and this will ensure that the maximum of donations can be used by us to deliver our services on grass roots level.”

There are 12 national beneficiaries of the campaign and they represent more than 1 000 non-profit organisations.

The national beneficiaries are Epilepsy SA, Meals on Wheels, Child Welfare SA, SOS Children’s Villages, CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation), Special Olympics SA, CANSA, Imisebeyelanga Services, VVA, NG Welsyn, Endurocad and the SAVF.

Those participating in the campaign purchase a sticker to represent their chosen cause. There are five causes, namely Animals, Bring Hope, Children, Disability and Education. Those who wish can also pair it with a pair of funky Tekkie Tag shoelaces.

Maria Scholtz, CANSA’s Head of Sustainability, said, “This is the third year that CANSA will be involved with Tekkie Tax and we’re very excited. Last year, we sold just over 39 000 stickers and almost 15 000 Tekkie Tags and this year we hope to surpass that. We encourage everyone to buy their Tekkie Tax shoelaces and wear it on Friday.”

Tekkie Tax has raised more than R22 million since its inception.

Annelise de Jager, founder of the project, said the difference it has made on ground level in the country is very encouraging.

“Underneath all the foolishness and silly shoelaces lie a very serious matter,” she said.

Tekkie Tax stickers at R10 and Tekkie Tag shoelaces at R35 are available from all Clicks, Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores.

For more info go to www.tekkietax.co.za.

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