New MySchool records

2010-11-02 00:00

SPORT fields and fresh running water are just a few benefits that you afford economically depressed schools when you swipe your MySchool, MyVillage or MyPlanet cards.

The initiative was started over 12 years ago. In that period, schools and charities across South Africa have raised over R126 million.

MySchool recently announced that new records have been reached through the commitment of retailers such as Woolworths, Engen Quickshops and Waltons, as well as over half a million active users who have been swiping in over 2 000 outlines across the country.

This is despite the economic squeeze on many a consumer’s pockets.

In the 2009/10 fiscal year alone, a total of R21 million was generated across the country. This is a 15,8% year-on year increase.

KwaZulu-Natal contributed R2,35 million of this amount, which is said to have gone into the upliftment and development of communities within the province.

Gauteng proved to be the biggest spenders at R12 990 299.

In a statement MySchool general manager Pieter Twine said South Africans usually want to get involved in helping those less fortunate than themselves, but seldom know how to follow through.

However, he said through this fundraising programmes card, million of rands can be sourced for needy recipients without incurring any costs to the purchasers. MySchool’s partner retailers donate a percentage of the patron’s purchase price to a beneficiary of their choice.

Through the programme, a school in St Lucia in Northern KwaZulu-Natal celebrated their new football pitch in May.

Instead of using the bucket system to flush toilets, other schools now have running water, which has also come in handy in the conducting of science experiments.

There are currently over 10 000 beneficiaries on the MySchool system. The donations are allocated to charities and needy schools through the Thuso Fund.

Initially the MySchool programme was exclusive to schools.

Recently, MyVillage and MyPlanet were incorporated to raise funds for charities that care for people and animals respectively.

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