Louise Yeadon FOR the past eight years, Charities Aid Foundation (Caf) has published a World Giving Index to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving in 138 countries around the world. This year SA improved to 24th overall and seventh in Africa. The report looks at three aspects of giving behaviour. Have you done any of the following in the past month? • Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help?• Donated money to a charity?• Volunteered your time to an organisation?For eight years, the aim of the Caf World Giving Index is simple - to provoke debate and encourage people to think about what creates a culture of giving, and to put policies in place to grow the culture of giving worldwide.Research has shown that people give because they are motivated to give, not because they are wealthy.On that note, Wembley College would like to thank some of our parents and teachers who voluntarily gave to our ground staff during the “ground staff challenge” this week at school, which makes up part of our community outreach programme. Some voluntary parents and staff were allocated the name of a ground staff member. Ground staff includes cleaners, gardeners, boarding establishment staff and guards, who work on the school grounds. The three-day challenge included three days of gift-giving - buying toiletries on day one, lunch on day two and non-perishable food on day three. These generous donations were well received by all the ground staff who are feeling blessed and valued. We can’t thank these parents and teachers enough for their involvement in assisting South Africa climb up the World Giving Index.