WITH the one percent VAT increase that is expected to take effect on April 1, the Shoprite Group has launched a discount store card to assist welfare organisations in their bid to stay afloat amid trying economic times. The group launched its Act For Change card which gives qualifying non-profit organisations (NPO) access to a five-percent discount across outlets from the Shoprite group, including Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Usave, House & Home, MediRite and OK Furniture.In the effort to provide a helping hand to more community projects, Shoprite released a media statement informing South Africa about the new initiative.“At Shoprite, the communities we serve are always at the core of our business, that’s why we have made it our responsibility to act for change by continuously taking hands with organisations to help communities grow, develop and realise their full potential,” it said in a statement.This initiative not only gives NPOs a five-percent discount across Shoprite outlets, but also 30 days to pay, with no interest, no administration, annual or renewal fees.“These much-needed benefits come when NPOs, like the rest of the country, face a one-percent increase in value-added tax on top of an extended period of severe economic pressure,” said Shoprite.With the chance of saving some money as the VAT increment day draws nearer, NPOs around Amanzimtoti are receiving the act of kindness from the Shoprite Group positively. Seed of Hope management member Scott Kotze said: “I think this initiative will work even though I am a bit sceptical about credit cards. We do weekly shopping and it could help with budgeting in the long run.” Director at Mother of Peace, Gavin Gradwell, said: “Any discount we can get is amazing. “We do a lot of shopping at Checkers, so anything that can give us a way to save is great.”Founder of The Elders Voice KZN, Joanne Herbst, said: “Every bit of saving helps, to be honest.“Five percent is huge for us, especially because we rely on donations, so that five percent is great.” The application process is only open to registered NPOs and applications can be sent online.All that is needed is an identity document of an authorised person who will complete the application, proof of NPO address, proof of the NPO bank account and a copy of the NPO registration certificate.For more information and to apply for the Act For Change card, visit the Shoprite Holdings website.