Help threatened species when you shop at Woolworths, PLUS win a R500 gift card

May 15, 2013

I am fond of sweets (read: I can eat packets of the things) and I am fond of animals, so it’s a perfect melding when the two meet for me. Like eating gum sweets, and helping endangered species at the same time.


You might have seen them before – the “Every Paw Print Counts” fruit-flavoured sweets in Woolies stores. They come in pink and grey packets, and in two varieites: the wild dog and rhino. Moms will also be happy to know that there are no dyes or tartrazine in the sweets.

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Each time you buy a packet of sweets, R1 gets donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust which helps conserve cheetah, rhino and African wild dog.


At the time of writing this post, I have scoffed all the sweets in the pictures, though I tell myself it’s for the environment, right?

Woolworths and MyPlanet will also donate R8 and R10 respectively when you buy a bracelet or shopping bag with the message “Every Paw Print Counts”. The money will go to to the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the Wildlife ACT Fund.

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You’ll find the “Every Paw Print Counts” products at selected Woolies and online.

If you’d like to do even more for threatened species, you can get a MyPlanet card by applying at any Woolworths store or online. Then, every time you swipe your card at Woolworths or other MySchool partners, a donation will go to the organisation/s you choose (you’re allowed up to three beneficiaries) without any cost to you.

If you’re already a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporter, you can add or change your beneficiary by calling MySchool on 0860 100 445. You can also link your MySchool card number to any Woolies card to ensure that you give back every time you shop at Woolies.


Woolworths is giving away one gift card worth R500 to a reader of this blog. To enter, simply fill in your details below (your details won’t be published or visible on the site, so don’t worry), and comment and say which animal is closest to your heart (ie the rhino, wild dog, or cheetah). There is no “right” answer – we’re just curious to know.

The competition closes on Friday 24 May, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday June 4.

Good luck!

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  • Kim Muller

    My favourite animal would be the cheetah. Those gummies look yummy!

    May 15, 2013 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Ashishta Gokhul (@ashishtagokhul)

    I believe that all animals are precious and should be loved and cherish.
    Rhino <3

    May 15, 2013 at 5:45 am Reply
  • sagree moodley

    I love all animals and its sad to see these animal endangered….all animals have their uniquiness and add something special to our animal kingdom..i pledge to do everything i can to help save them.

    May 15, 2013 at 5:52 am Reply
  • Bernice

    We should look after what God has created especially for generations to come. Cheetah

    May 15, 2013 at 5:52 am Reply
  • Lea-Anne C

    Saving all endangered species is utmost important but at the moment the plight of the Rhino is very close to my heart ♥

    May 15, 2013 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Imrah Ariefdien

    This is a great initiative. At the moment, the Rhino and its plight is closest to my heart.

    May 15, 2013 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Helena Graham

    It is our duty to take care of the earth and all the creatures on it. Thank, Woolworth’s to do something about it.

    May 15, 2013 at 6:07 am Reply
  • Shannon Richards


    May 15, 2013 at 6:13 am Reply
  • Elsje Slabbert

    The Rhino!

    May 15, 2013 at 6:20 am Reply
  • Adele

    Such a great Initiative, so sad that in this day and age, there are so many endangered animals, the cheetah is close to my heart

    May 15, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Delfina de Faria


    May 15, 2013 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Nicolette


    May 15, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Sanet

    I’m a cheetah girl! Love their strenght,speed and determination.

    May 15, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Victoire

    The cheetah is my favourite out of the three…

    May 15, 2013 at 6:54 am Reply
  • Anita Steenkamp

    Has to be the Rhino

    May 15, 2013 at 6:56 am Reply
  • William

    I am already signed up for MyPlanet and I already support Endangered Wildlife Trust with it. Now I also know which sweeties to buy 😉 to support cheetas – I think they are super fast and super cool.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Each and every endangered/threatened animal pulls at my heart strings. The Rhino is definitely closest to my heart and I support every initiative to stop the poaching of them. I am an avid Woolies shopper and always buy their shopper bags supporting the endangered/threatened animals <3

    May 15, 2013 at 7:39 am Reply
  • Sandy


    May 15, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply
  • Vickie Gibson

    I love wild dogs 🙂

    May 15, 2013 at 8:13 am Reply
  • Melanie Pieterkosky

    Cheetah. My daughter’s favorite animal. But then I couldn’t really choose.

    May 15, 2013 at 8:25 am Reply
  • SpiritedMama1

    The wild dog. Cos one of our dogs looks like a wild dog 🙂 I’m not kidding. We support the Wildlife Endangered programme but seriously most people are scared of our “Charlie” And he’s so loving. Even lets Dudie play Dentist on him…under our supervision of course.

    May 15, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply
  • Chereen Strydom

    I’ve always been more a cat person, so I’d have to go for the cheetah 🙂

    May 15, 2013 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Robyn

    Definitely the cheetah. x

    May 15, 2013 at 9:21 am Reply
  • Yogana Reddy

    The Cheetah….such a beautiful creature!

    May 15, 2013 at 9:41 am Reply
  • jandi

    I love all creatures but my girls would say cheetah for sure!

    May 15, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Julia

    I am all about Elephants. Majestic. Magical. Intelligent. Simply magnificent.

    May 15, 2013 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Marcelle

    Without a doubt the Rhino

    May 15, 2013 at 11:42 am Reply
  • Jacqui T

    Cheetah, as I love cats and the cat family of animals. So agile, elegant and beautiful.

    May 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply


    May 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • Michelle Gross

    The animal closest to my heart is the Leopard

    May 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • Lizanne

    Its between the cheetah and the rhino…

    May 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply
  • Andrea Barras

    All animals of course, but specifically the Rhino at the moment due to the current and epic poaching situation :-/

    May 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Nicola Meyer

    The Wild Dog

    May 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Maryanne Goodson

    The rhino

    May 16, 2013 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Lee-Ann Barnes Dowrie

    Both the Cheetah and Rhino is close to my <3

    May 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Alet

    The Rhino is close to my heart.
    P.S. Those look yum!

    May 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Rabe

    The Rhino

    May 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • MeeA

    It’s hard to choose just one. I knew some of the people who worked on the African Wild Dog Project near Alldays years ago and so have a soft spot for wild dogs. But I feel just as strongly about rhino and cheetah. Sorry – it’s all three for me!

    May 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply
  • Nasrin

    African elephant and Rhino

    May 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • surika fourie

    My fav animal is rhino. They get killed in such a cruel way and every cent helps going towards protecting them 😀

    May 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply
  • Mother City Mom

    I have a really soft spot for rhinos because I am so worried about their fate. I love all animals though! And I am totally obsessed with the paw print sweets. I buy masses of them, mostly to donate to the rhino and wild dog, but also because I can’t get enough of them!

    May 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm Reply
  • Lauren Kruger

    My favourite animal would have to be the Cheetah, because of its beauty and grace.

    May 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm Reply
  • Tennille Rademeyer

    ~ Rhino ~ Has been since I can remember 🙂

    May 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Mariska Pienaar

    All three animals are very special, but I will have to go with the Wild Dog. They don’t get as much publicity as the Rhino and Cheetah. They are super cute with those massive ears!

    May 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm Reply
  • Fathima

    I loves cheetahs but my heart throbs when I hear and see videos of what these terrible poachers do the rhinos, only heartless people could do such a thing.

    May 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • meldee nel

    Save the rhino 🙂 I’ve always supported woolies and had the cute rhino bags 🙂

    May 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • Tammy Perry

    Definitely the Rhino. Sad to think “our” grandkids might never see one!

    May 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm Reply
  • Tasquia

    Having been in the super awesome position of being able to recently see these magnificent animals in their own habitat recently, I will have to say The Rhino and Cheetah are closest to my heart. Having been at awe watching them do their daily living, I would definitely do whatever I can, in my small capacity to make sure that they can live peacefully and without fear. They deserve that at the very least!!

    May 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm Reply
  • Karen at MomAgain@40


    May 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply
  • Janet


    May 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm Reply
  • Anje

    The rhino definitely!

    May 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply
  • Ankia

    My favourite animal is the Cheetah. It’s not only beautiful but I’m fascinated by it’s speed and solitary nature. I did an oral on Cheetahs when I was in grade two and it was the first time I had researched something. Was SO proud 🙂 PS- those gummies look delicious!!

    May 21, 2013 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Kristi Fraser

    I must say the African wild dog is my favourite, I have live along the borders of the Kruger National park most of my life and only seen them once, I was 11 years old at that time and never again, my husband has lived here longer than me and has never seen them. I wish we could see them again as a family with our 2 boys but they just seem to be becoming very rare. more trips to the park are in order.

    May 21, 2013 at 2:23 am Reply
  • Hawa Bibi Hoosen

    My choice is the rhino. 🙂 Absolutely fascinating creature! <3

    May 21, 2013 at 5:38 am Reply
  • nomsa


    May 21, 2013 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Maret Lesch

    Definitely rhino. My heart breaks when I hear another rhino has been butchered or maimed by poachers. Especially when they leave little ones behind without its mommy. This is a great initiative by Woolworths.

    May 21, 2013 at 6:11 am Reply
  • Verity King

    I love all those animals but my favourite is the Rhino.

    May 21, 2013 at 6:15 am Reply
  • Dhesh

    The Rhino

    May 21, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply
  • Lizelle Goliath

    The RHINO!!!

    May 21, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply
  • Max ( @Wanna_be_Medic )

    closest animal to my heart is The Orangutan, such furry, intelligent, loving, intuitive creatures.

    The plight of the rhino is also close to my heart, can’t believe their are sickos in this world who would actually KILL such majestic animals. I reckon Poachers need their “horns” cut off… By horns I mean noses… Or genetalia.

    Anyway, I’d just love that Woolies voucher, thank you in advance. 😉

    May 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply
  • nasika baijnath

    I love the lioness. She is the one that really runs the jungle

    May 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Ula

    Its difficult to choose just one but if I had to then it would be the Cheetah 🙂 I feel this is an awesome initiative and will definitely support this cause.

    May 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm Reply
  • tracy jacobs

    Would have to be the rhino because of what those cruel poachers are doing, but love the cheetah and all big cats 🙂

    May 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm Reply
  • Claire van Apeldoorn

    I love them all but I have to say that the Cheetah is definitely my favourite.. I think this is a great initiative from Woolworths and those sweets look divine!!

    May 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Sam Brown

    Probably the rhino as it has been so persecuted.

    May 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Depashni marie


    May 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm Reply
  • nikita

    Rhino… Just breaks me when I hear about all the poaching!!

    May 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm Reply
  • Melanie Brown

    As an avid animal lover the rhino is definitely closest to my heart. The fact they’re being killed so senselessly is heartbreaking. “Save the Rhino” is a cause I def support!

    May 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • Ed Asters

    Also, what is the energy requirement in kilowatts per year?. . For the life of me I cannot find this anywhere?.

    August 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply
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