Written in partnership with MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet
This year, thanks to those who shopped with a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card, more than R70 million was raised for your beneficiaries – schools, charities and conservation organisations around the country.
Without you having to do much other than get your card swiped with each purchase at the likes of Woolworths, Bidvest Waltons, Engen Foodstops and Flight Centres, money was donated, and lives changed and improved.
A lot of people think there's a catch when you swipe your card, but there really isn't any. You don't pay anything to get the card, and you're not the one donating – the retailer is, based on a percentage of your spend. It's not a credit card either – no money is linked to it. All that's linked are your contact details, and your beneficiary – you can choose from dozens of charities, organisations and schools that you want to benefit and upflift by simply shopping. I mean, if you're shopping anyway, so you might as well choose to do great good at the same time.
My beneficiary is Starfish Foundation, which provides support to more than 11 000 children orphaned or vulnerable in South Africa by working in partnership with 33 community-based organisations.
So where do the funds go?
According to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, animal causes are a great favourite of cardholders. Over the last fundraising period, the National Council of SPCAs received R326,107.74; while just over R1 million went to regional societies, Sandton SPCA, Tshwane SPCA, Cape of Good Hope SPCA and Alberton SPCA, as well as the SPCA’s of Kloof, Durban and Amanzimtoti.
The programme has also raised funds for lesser-known, more localised animal welfare organisations. For example, R147,701.78 for the Highveld Horse Care Unit in Vereeniging; R92,929.62 for the CartHorse Protection Association operating on the Cape Flats and R272,086.33 for False Bay’s TEARS, The Emma Animal Rescue Society.
Shoppers also raised a huge R2,483,344.39 for the MyPlanet Rhino Fund which is managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Children’s charities are also at the heart of many SA cardholders. The Red Cross Hospital received almost R200,000.00, while CHOC got R125,383.39. Cotlands, an organisation working across six provinces and specialising in early childhood development (ECD) opportunities for vulnerable children received R108,405.18.
Local children’s organisations such as Durbanville Children's Home received R38, 034.95, while R54,575.60 went to Johannesburg’s Abraham Kriel Childcare.
While you're probably still in the throes on your festive shopping, why not sign up for your free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card online at www.myschool.co.za and select up to three schools, charities and conservation organisations you would most like to support.
Swipe your card every time you shop at a range of participating retailers including Woolworths, Bidvest Waltons, Engen Foodstops, Flight Centres and one of South Africa’s biggest online stores www.loot.co.za . With every swipe the retail partner makes a donation to your selected beneficiary, at no cost to you – promise!!!!!