The festive season normally means big spending for many of us. Personally I am a big fan of gift giving – combing through the shops and finding that specific item that will have a special meaning to the person I am buying for. On the flip-side, I think Christmas and the festive season is a time to be thankful for everything we have, and to consider everyone who needs love, warmth and generosity.

It is important for all of us to think of ways to give back during this time, whether with charity drives at churches, volunteering at an animal shelter, playing with kids at an orphanage, or helping out at a community garden. One of the easiest ways to lend a hand is through the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community fundraising project, where you can help raise funds for your favourite organisations simply by shopping – it costs you absolutely nothing!

My chosen charity is a community project called Legacy Community Development in Kayamandi, just outside Stellenbosch where I grew up. As part of their Khulani project they offer after-school programs where they provide additional education opportunities and mentorship programs, helping local kids develop their skills, talents and strengths, and guiding them to make the best choices for their future. It has been incredible to watch this program over the years and see how these young people have grown from trouble makers to leaders; people who will continue to create positive change in their communities.

It is such a pleasure to get a mail every month from MySchool telling me how much money I have helped to raise for this program – and all I had to do was swipe my card when shopping for groceries.

It is such a pleasure to get a mail every month from MySchool telling me how much money I have helped to raise for this program – and all I had to do was swipe my card when shopping for groceries.

MySchool does seriously amazing work and their program makes a tangible difference in this country. Thanks to cardholders around the country over R70 million has been raised this year for a range of schools, charities and conservation organisations.

The National Council of SPCAs received well over R3 million while just over R 1 million was raised for 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 is also as effective at raising funds for smaller animal welfare organisations.  For example, in the same time period SA shoppers raised nearly R150 000 for the Highveld Horse Care Unit in Vereeniging, over R90 000 for the CartHorse Protection Association operating on the Cape Flats, and over R270 000 for False Bay’s TEARS, The Emma Animal Rescue Society.

The project also raised just under R2,5 million for the MyPlanet Rhino Fund, protecting the country’s dwindling Rhino populations. 

Children’s charities are another popular choice for South African cardholders. The Red Cross Hospital received almost R200 000 while over R125 000 was raised for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, an organisation that provides support to children with cancer and life threatening blood disorders, and their families. Meanwhile Cotlands received over R100 000, helping their work in early childhood development opportunities for vulnerable children. 

Local children’s organisations also got a massive helping hand, with over R38 000 raised for the Durbanville Children’s Home and just under R55 000 for Abraham Kriel Childcare.

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How does it work?

As a MySchool cardholders you can nominate up to three beneficiaries and then swipe your card at participating retailers every time you shop.  The retailers make contributions on your behalf based on a percentage of your spend, which is then distributed to the schools, charities or conservation bodies of your choice, at no additional costs to you. 

You get the opportunity to support the causes you care about, whether that’s improved education, a better society or a more sustainable planet.  

So this year, make sure you are giving back while you are shopping for gifts. Why not? Sign up for your free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card online at 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 one of their partnering retailers (Woolworths, Bidvest Waltons, Engen Foodstops, Flight Centres and loot.co.za). With every swipe the retail partner makes a donation to your selected beneficiary, at no cost to you.

Brilliant.

*This post has been sponsored by MySchool. They will also be donating R2500 on my behalf to Project Dignity which provides sanitary packs for school girls. 

 

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I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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