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Statistics suggest that as many as 20 million South Africans could be in urgent need of food relief, many are feeling a deep sense of helplessness but this incredible initiative is addressing the crisis.


Johannesburg, South Africa (26 May 2020) – It is estimated that at least one in every three South Africans are going to bed hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is stepping up to help tackle this escalating crisis, amongst others, by offering its supporters the chance to give additional hope to those most in need.

With statistics suggesting that as many as 20 million citizens could be in urgent need of food relief and the nation still under some form of lockdown for the foreseeable future, many are feeling a deep sense of helplessness. All South Africans can be the difference so desperately needed during this time, by bringing hope to those in need. MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is making sure you can easily do your part — by simply swiping your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet or linked Woolworths card.

From 20 May to 22 June 2020, the community loyalty programme has committed to donating additional funds to support Gift of the Givers, the South African non-profit organisation currently providing healthcare, food parcels and water supplies to help fight the effects of the pandemic in some of the country’s poorest communities. This is in addition to the donations MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet or linked Woolworths cardholders raise for their chosen causes.

Pieter Twine, General Manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, says: “Gift of the Givers has long been a beneficiary of our programme and the work they are currently doing on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa warrants additional support. “

“During the next four weeks, our goal is to raise R500 000 for this initiative, over and above the usual contributions that result from cardholder swipes. This allows our shoppers to be part of a drive that will ensure additional relief gets to those who need it most.”

Supporters of the programme have even more reason to swipe as they also stand a chance to win their share of R100 000 in Woolworths gift cards until 22 June 2020, plus spot prizes.

“With such an enormous need out there, it is up to all of us, as South Africans, to pull together and do everything possible to help ease the burden being borne by our fellow citizens at this unprecedented time of COVID-19,” Twine says, urging cardholders to ensure they help change lives for the better and inspire hope to those who need it the most.

Sign up and do your part to help, by visiting or download the MySchool App.

Source: MySchool MyPlanet MyVillage
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