Over the past years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and I really love and respect the work that they do. Not only making it very easy for us to support the charities of our choice by swiping as we shop at a select group of partner stores, but also with the various campaigns that they run throughout the year.
Speaking of campaigns, right now and until 18th June, MySchool is running their annual Vote4Charity. It is an online campaign where you as South Africans can vote for your favourite MyVillage or MyPlanet beneficiary. It is very easy to participate. Each vote the beneficiary receives means R5 going directly to them – and this can increase to R10 if you post about your vote on social media. There’s a total of R1 million to be shared among the beneficiaries, so do make sure your chosen social project gets some of it.
“Vote4Charity is yet another way that the programme is empowering South Africans to make a direct impact for the causes and communities they care about most. The best part is that is doesn’t cost a cent, and they get to choose who to support. We believe that innovative campaigns such as this help to bring our customers closer to the organisations that are working tirelessly for a better South Africa.”
– Helene Brand, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet’s CSI Manager
I just voted for Dogtown South Africa.
As a Mom to ‘one and a half’ pit bulls – Tuscan and Sienna Storm, I understand how misunderstood these and similar breeds can be, and have much respect for the work that Dogtown SA do in rescuing, rehabilitating and finding forever homes for troubled dogs. Also, as I’ve often said as a self-appointed animal rights activist, dogs are such a gift to us with their unconditional love and endless loyalty and deserve to be cared for and cherished. I certainly don’t know what I would do without mine.
More about Dogtown SA
Dogtown SA – Saving More Lives is the most remarkable sanctuary for dogs who have lost their families or have been rescued from difficult situations. Every day the dedicated team at Dogtown provides individual care to each of these dogs in a peaceful, tranquil setting while they wait for their new homes. There is often a misconception that all rescue dogs are going to be damaged in some way, but that’s simply not true. There are plenty of wonderful dogs at Dogtown SA, who through no fault of their own have found themselves homeless and are just hoping for a second chance at a new life in a loving home.
Sometimes, however, there are sadly dogs that have had a rough time and are struggling. These special needs dogs require professional care. At Dogtown they have a dedicated rehabilitation area where the full time qualified trainers and behaviourists work tirelessly, improving the lives of these misunderstood dogs. Often being their last glimmer of hope to become well-adjusted dogs who can live full and happy lives. The retirement village provides a safe and loving environment for the more mature residents who often require special medical care and are sadly dumped at animal shelters when they become too much trouble.
Every year thousands of precious dogs lose their homes and their lives. With support, Dogtown SA can save more lives and provide the best care for the abandoned and abused, while searching for loving families that will give them their happiness ever after. They aim to offer a lifelong commitment to the dogs that come into their care and a lifetime of support to their new adopted families. For more or to inquire about adoptions, connect with them on Dogtown SA Facebook.
Why you should #Vote4Charity, and choosing a beneficiary
There are some incredibly worthy beneficiaries that need our support, whether your heart lies in conservation, recycling projects, animal rescue, education or community support. My card is linked to the Wellington SPCA, and every time I swipe it I feel good that a small doantion is going their way to support the good work that they do.
Examples of Planets include WWF, SANCCOB, The Society for Animals in Distress, Endangered Wildlife Trust, the EWT MyPlanet Rhino Fund, the SPCA National Fund, Border Collie Rescue, FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, National Horse Trust, Animal Anti-Cruelty League, WESSA and BirdLife SA.
Examples of Villages include Abraham Kriel Childcare, Cotlands, I Care, Childline, CHOC, SA National Council for the Blind, Reach for a Dream, The Starfish Foundation, NOAH, Sunflower Fund, Children’s Hospital Trust (Red Cross), NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute), SAGA (Guide Dog Association), Heartbeart, Doctors without Borders, SARDA, Sesego Cares, The Shine Centre, SOS Children’s Village, Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Amy Biehl Foundation.
The Thuso Fund for Schools and Charities has also been created by MySchool to support under-resourced schools and charities across South Africa. By selecting the under-resourced Thuso Fund as your beneficiary, you have the opportunity to make a direct contribution to schools and charities who need it most.
In summary, every vote matters. Cast yours to help your chosen beneficiary – it’s a tough choice, as each is worthy of support. Whatever charity you select, big or small, your vote = R5. Tell others about Vote4Charity, and MySchool will donate another R5 for and each referral. Vote4Charity will support each of the three charities with the most votes by funding the R25 000 production of a professional promotional video. Five lucky voters will also each win a R5000 Woolies gift card.
Who will you be voting for? It’s easy, just click the link. #Vote4Charity
More about MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet
Do you have a MySchool card? If not, go to www.myschool.co.za to sign up and start swiping your card every time you shop at Woolworths, Engen Foodstops, Bidves, Waltons, Flight Centre and loot.co.za. For additional information contact Jackie Busch of liquidlingo Communications at 082 376 4446.