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MySchool celebrates 20 years!
November 1, 2017

I’ve been involved with MySchool for the past few years. They do amazing work supporting over 8000 schools and charities across SA. This month MySchool turns 20, and they are celebrating with giving back even more. MySchool is giving back R5000 on my behalf to a charity of my choice!

I chose Shumbashaba, a Johannesburg NPO that I have been working with this past year.

MySchool celebrates 20 years

Launched in 1997 as an entrepreneurial business with the aim of empowering consumers to make a difference to education, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme  today raises more than R6 million a month for a range of schools, charities and conservation organisations across SA.

MySchool now comprises 1.2 million supporters with R500 million raised over 20 years. “Our model is really simple and impactful and consistent, and that’s what people enjoy,” says Pieter Twine, General Manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, “It is fundraising for causes that people really care about and empowering them to choose where the money goes. This makes MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet highly relevant in the lives of customers, partners stores, schools, charities and conservation organisations. Customers, businesses and communities are connected in a practical way with everyone playing their part to make a difference in our country.

MyPlanet Rhino Fund

In 2011, during the shocking surge of Rhino poaching, MySchool established the MyPlanet Rhino Fund with the Endangered Wildlife Trust as its administrator. This enabled customers to avoid the subsequent bloom of rhino fundraising scams and gave them peace of mind that their efforts to help save Rhinos were supporting bona fide conservation organisations and projects. To date, R9.3 million has been raised for rhino conservation, rehabilitation and anti-poaching tracker dogs. Read my post on the MyPlanet Rhino Fund here.


Be part of #MySchool20 – WIN R20,000 from Woolworths  plus a R20,000 donation to your school or charity

Be part of  MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet 20th anniversary celebrations and give back to your community or charity. The #MySchool20 campaign encourages supporters to not simply swipe for their favourite cause but to talk about them.

Simply by using the hashtag #Myschool20 on Facebook or Twitter and sharing which cause you support, 20 lucky supporters can each win a R20,000 Woolworths gift card plus a R20 000 cash donation to their school or charity. 

Details, T&Cs:

Shumabshaba – Horses Helping People

I chose Shumbashaba to receive my R5000 donation as I’ve been involved in fundraising for them this year, with the Temple of Gratitude project for Afrika Burn. Over this past year, myself and our Temple of Gratitude crew have raised over R20,000 for Shumbashaba.

The Temple of Gratitude Cre building a jungle gym at Shumbashaba

Shumbashaba a not-for-profit community organisation that focusses on how horses can postively impact people and help to change lives for the better. Shumbashaba’s Horses Helping People programmes work primarily in the  Diepsloot community in the northern outskirts of Johannesburg, home to some 250,000 people, where unemployment and poverty are rampant.

Their community programmes include life skills and healing for Youth at Risk, Addiction disorders, Care for the Carer, Trauma Support and Victim Empowerment in addition to providing hippotherapy and riding as a sport and skill to members of community organizations. A lot of their work is focused on empowering people with disabilities and youth, with  income earned from private fee-paying clients  contributing towards running their outreach programmes with outstanding funding being raised through fundraising events and donations.

Volunteering at Shumbashaba

I’ve volunteered at Shumbashaba  and it was the most humbling experience. If you’re in Joburg, and have some time on your hands consider volunteering he Shumbashaba Horses Helping People programs.   Love children? Love horses? Love helping people with disabilities? If your answer is yes, email for more information.



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