Charities’ hard work rewarded

2019-06-06 06:00
Volunteer Wildlife Services is one of the winners in the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet 21 years of Giving Back campaign.

Volunteer Wildlife Services is one of the winners in the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet 21 years of Giving Back campaign.

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The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) in Newlands, which plays a vital role in fighting runaway wildfires in the Western Cape, is one of the winners in the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet 21 years of Giving Back campaign.

In celebration of its 21st anniversary last year, the community loyalty programme launched the 21 years of Giving Back campaign with R2.1m to give away to 21 causes.

Some of the local winners include Arise Cape Town, Beacon School for LSEN, Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Nooitgedacht Primary School, Read to Rise, Sunnyside Primary School Athlone among other beneficiaries.

Supporters were invited to nominate any South African charitable organisation or school that matters to them, even if they were not yet beneficiaries of the programme. This has enabled 21 charities and schools across the country to each win a cash donation of R100 000 to boost their good work in their communities. VWS was nominated to participate in the campaign by a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholding volunteer firefighter who received a R1000 Woolworths gift card for putting forward one of the 21 winners.

Last year, VWS, which comprises of 200 volunteer firefighters operating from four strategic stations in Newlands, Jonkershoek, South Peninsula and Grabouw had to move from its base in the Jonkershoek Valley. Recently, they were offered the opportunity to move from a temporary base to a premises at the Agricultural Research Council ideally located at the foot of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch.

VWS will use the R 100 000 to renovate and equip the new base and establish a revitalised Jonkershoek Station which will enable them to meet the organisation’s objective of holding the line between fire and fynbos.

Across the country, the 21 Years of Giving Back campaign inspired more than 11 500 MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders to put forward their nominations of the causes close to their hearts and give them the chance to substantially boost their fundraising.

Thanks to these customers’ efforts, schools and libraries will now be refurbished, Early Childhood Centres will be established and equipped, volunteer firefighters will upgrade their base, sustainable food gardens will be established, new family strengthening programmes will be initiated, children with vision problems will be receiving new spectacles and much more.

Pieter Twine, general manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, says: “The 21 big winners of the campaign are truly representative of the variety and the breadth of what’s important to our MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders.”

“It has been fantastic to see more grassroots projects coming to the fore, where the donation of R100 000 can really make a great difference to their work. Our panel of judges had strict criteria for evaluating the many worthy nominations, which included assessing organisational impact and sustainability, as well as looking for beneficiaries which are well-aligned to our brand ethos and the concerns of our customers. That search resulted in a wonderful spectrum of winners, big and small, working across all the provinces with different, important mandates. It’s been a wonderful celebration of 21 years of customer-driven giving back, and we thank our cardholders, the winners and all the nominees for their enthusiastic participation,” he says.

Over the past 21 years, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme, one of the biggest in South Africa, has raised more than R500m for South African schools, charities, animal and environmental causes thanks to supporters swiping their cards at participating retailers.

Shoppers sign up for free and can nominate up to three beneficiaries. Every time, they shop and swipe their cards, donations are made by participating retailers on their behalf, and at no cost to them.

The funds raised through the programme enable schools and the MyVillage and MyPlanet organisations to pay their monthly bills, or even provide them with opportunities to scale up their services or start new, much-needed projects.

One of the judges of the 21 Years of Giving Back campaign was Melanie Burke, chair of the board of directors of both Streetsmart and the Safer Together Community Safety Initiative, as well as the chairman of Symphonia for South Africa NPC and the owner of MAB and Associates.

The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) in Newlands, which plays a vital role in fighting runaway wildfires in the Western Cape, is one of the winners in the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet 21 years of Giving Back campaign.

In celebration of its 21st anniversary last year, the community loyalty programme launched the 21 years of Giving Back campaign with R2.1m to give away to 21 causes.

Some of the local winners include Arise Cape Town, Beacon School for LSEN, Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Nooitgedacht Primary School, Read to Rise, Sunnyside Primary School Athlone among other beneficiaries.

Supporters were invited to nominate any South African charitable organisation or school that matters to them, even if they were not yet beneficiaries of the programme. This has enabled 21 charities and schools across the country to each win a cash donation of R100 000 to boost their good work in their communities. VWS was nominated to participate in the campaign by a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholding volunteer firefighter who received a R1000 Woolworths gift card for putting forward one of the 21 winners.

Last year, VWS, which comprises of 200 volunteer firefighters operating from four strategic stations in Newlands, Jonkershoek, South Peninsula and Grabouw had to move from its base in the Jonkershoek Valley. Recently, they were offered the opportunity to move from a temporary base to a premises at the Agricultural Research Council ideally located at the foot of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch.

VWS will use the R 100 000 to renovate and equip the new base and establish a revitalised Jonkershoek Station which will enable them to meet the organisation’s objective of holding the line between fire and fynbos.

Across the country, the 21 Years of Giving Back campaign inspired more than 11 500 MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders to put forward their nominations of the causes close to their hearts and give them the chance to substantially boost their fundraising.

Thanks to these customers’ efforts, schools and libraries will now be refurbished, Early Childhood Centres will be established and equipped, volunteer firefighters will upgrade their base, sustainable food gardens will be established, new family strengthening programmes will be initiated, children with vision problems will be receiving new spectacles and much more.

Pieter Twine, general manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, says: “The 21 big winners of the campaign are truly representative of the variety and the breadth of what’s important to our MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders.”

“It has been fantastic to see more grassroots projects coming to the fore, where the donation of R100 000 can really make a great difference to their work. Our panel of judges had strict criteria for evaluating the many worthy nominations, which included assessing organisational impact and sustainability, as well as looking for beneficiaries which are well-aligned to our brand ethos and the concerns of our customers. That search resulted in a wonderful spectrum of winners, big and small, working across all the provinces with different, important mandates. It’s been a wonderful celebration of 21 years of customer-driven giving back, and we thank our cardholders, the winners and all the nominees for their enthusiastic participation,” he says.

Over the past 21 years, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme, one of the biggest in South Africa, has raised more than R500m for South African schools, charities, animal and environmental causes thanks to supporters swiping their cards at participating retailers.

Shoppers sign up for free and can nominate up to three beneficiaries. Every time, they shop and swipe their cards, donations are made by participating retailers on their behalf, and at no cost to them.

The funds raised through the programme enable schools and the MyVillage and MyPlanet organisations to pay their monthly bills, or even provide them with opportunities to scale up their services or start new, much-needed projects.

One of the judges of the 21 Years of Giving Back campaign was Melanie Burke, chair of the board of directors of both Streetsmart and the Safer Together Community Safety Initiative, as well as the chairman of Symphonia for South Africa NPC and the owner of MAB and Associates.

Burke said: “It’s been a real privilege to be part of a community-minded campaign that connects cardholders with the opportunity to support a cause they care about. The 21 winners can now go forward and use the funds to make a difference in schools, communities and for the planet, which ultimately benefits us all.”

The 21 Years of Giving Back campaign was open to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporters throughout the country. If you are not yet a cardholder, you can sign up for free at www.myschool.co.za and support the causes that matter to you.

The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) in Newlands, which plays a vital role in fighting runaway wildfires in the Western Cape, is one of the winners in the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet 21 years of Giving Back campaign.

In celebration of its 21st anniversary last year, the community loyalty programme launched the 21 years of Giving Back campaign with R2.1m to give away to 21 causes.

Some of the local winners include Arise Cape Town, Beacon School for LSEN, Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Nooitgedacht Primary School, Read to Rise, Sunnyside Primary School Athlone among other beneficiaries.

Supporters were invited to nominate any South African charitable organisation or school that matters to them, even if they were not yet beneficiaries of the programme. This has enabled 21 charities and schools across the country to each win a cash donation of R100 000 to boost their good work in their communities. VWS was nominated to participate in the campaign by a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholding volunteer firefighter who received a R1000 Woolworths gift card for putting forward one of the 21 winners.

Last year, VWS, which comprises of 200 volunteer firefighters operating from four strategic stations in Newlands, Jonkershoek, South Peninsula and Grabouw had to move from its base in the Jonkershoek Valley. Recently, they were offered the opportunity to move from a temporary base to a premises at the Agricultural Research Council ideally located at the foot of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch.

VWS will use the R 100 000 to renovate and equip the new base and establish a revitalised Jonkershoek Station which will enable them to meet the organisation’s objective of holding the line between fire and fynbos.

Across the country, the 21 Years of Giving Back campaign inspired more than 11 500 MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders to put forward their nominations of the causes close to their hearts and give them the chance to substantially boost their fundraising.

Thanks to these customers’ efforts, schools and libraries will now be refurbished, Early Childhood Centres will be established and equipped, volunteer firefighters will upgrade their base, sustainable food gardens will be established, new family strengthening programmes will be initiated, children with vision problems will be receiving new spectacles and much more.

Pieter Twine, general manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, says: “The 21 big winners of the campaign are truly representative of the variety and the breadth of what’s important to our MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders.”

The 21 Years of Giving Back campaign was open to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporters throughout the country. If you are not yet a cardholder, you can sign up for free at www.myschool.co.za and support the causes that matter to you.

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