Five cents for a brighter future

2015-07-29 11:02

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THE five cents campaign is making a return and aims to raise R1 million to assist underprivileged children access tertiary education.

The campaign, led by the NPO Business World Development Trust, will be officially launched this Friday.

It coincides with the State of the City address.

The campaign was first launched in 2011 and allegedly raised around R20 000. It died down after that and the Business World Development Trust, which led the it then, has decided to revive it.

The trust is already putting around 20 underprivileged children through school.

Shane Taylor, a trustee of the Business World Development Trust, said they will place containers to collect five-cent pieces at government offices and businesses across the city. He said if they raise the targeted R1 million, they will be able to give tertiary education to around 162 children.

“We are calling it black money for the brighter future,” he said.

“People do not use five-cent coins; they just throw them away. We will be putting containers in about 200 government buildings and 35 business are already on board,” he said.

Taylor said they had also negotiated with taxi associations who granted them permission to place the containers in the taxis.

“We will also put a big drum in the Masukwane area where the five-cent coins will be collected and we will put another one in Imbali, Sweetwaters taxi ranks and another in the Longmarket Street rank.

He said, “We will keep this campaign going for as long as possible.

“The money we raise this year will assist children next year.”

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