Make A Day Change A Life – new initiative to raise funds to better the lives of domestic workers who need help!
Western Cape, South Africa (30 March 2021) – Make a Day Change a Life! It’s incredible to think that for the price of a takeaway coffee, you could help give someone the freedom of movement! Members of the public last week opened their hearts to a partially paralysed young teenage girl, Aphalele Rangula, 14, to help buy her an electronic wheelchair.
Aphalele, from Gugulethu, was left paralysed after a near-fatal fit when she was five. Unable to move around on her own, she is housebound unless relatives help her to get to school or see friends. SweepSouth, the home services platform, chose her mother, Lindelwa, to be the first recipient of a new initiative to raise funds to better the lives of domestic workers who need help.
Called Make A Day, Change A Life, it’s an ongoing campaign to each month highlight the needs of a different SweepStar (the workers using the SweepSouth platform) or a domestic worker nominated by a member of the public.
“If the recent pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the importance of reaching out to help one another,” says SweepSouth CEO, Aisha Pandor. “Domestic workers are among the most vulnerable members of the labour system in South Africa – low-income workers struggling just to make ends meet. To afford an expensive item, like a wheelchair in Aphalele’s case, is just beyond their means.
“Through this ongoing campaign, we’re calling on people to join us in bettering lives. Any amount donated will make a difference – by standing together, we are stronger,” she says.
SweepSouth will fund the first 10 percent of every cause each month. Known for championing the cause of domestic workers, the company publishes an annual report detailing the living and working conditions of domestic workers in SA. The most recent report shows that 73 percent of the domestic workforce on their platform are single mothers, 90 percent are the main breadwinner, and 60 percent have four or more dependents.
SweepSouth will be offering rewards for donations made by giving the first 50 donations with a minimum of R250, a R100 SweepSouth Voucher. Ongoing rewards during the course of the campaign will also be offered. To donate, please see SweepSouth.