MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet says it will support two non-profit organisations (NPOs) registered as beneficiaries of the community loyalty programme.
Building on a two-year collaboration to deliver books to underprivileged children across South Africa, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and Book Dash will partner with the Santa Shoebox Project to gift 100,000 books to children who receive Santa Shoeboxes this year.
This collaboration comes at a time when many children living in under-resourced communities have even less than usual access to reading materials due to the impact of Cocid-19 pandemic.
‘Education has been a cornerstone of our programme since its inception, General Manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, Pieter Twine, said.
‘We are extremely proud to be able to provide educational and recreational books of the highest quality to these young children through this collaborative effort.
‘The opportunity to support both Book Dash and the Santa Shoebox Project has enabled synergy between the three organisations, whose objectives are perfectly aligned’.
Book Dash’s innovative model presented partner organisations with the opportunity to fund a Book Dash event – a 12-hour sprint that sees volunteer creative teams write, illustrate, design, and edit books at no cost.
‘owning and loving books even before school starts develop key developmental skills and give children an essential and lasting head start in life’, Executive Director of Book Dash, Julia Norrish, said.
‘Book Dash is thrilled that this partnership means that many thousands of children each year receive what is very likely their first books’.
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