What better way to get rid of your unwanted stuff than giving it to charities trying to make a difference? It’s a win-win situation. Here are a few charities that will greatly appreciate your previously loved goods.

Joburg Child Welfare

Everyone deserves a wonderful childhood, which is why the Joburg Child Welfare is doing everything in their power to provide care and support to underprivileged and orphaned children, families and communities. As an independent NPO, they are always grateful for donations that furnish their centres and help those in their care.

How you can help: Donate your unwanted household items or clothing that are still in good condition. Kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, household goods, furniture, clothing, toiletries and food. If they are unable to make good use of items, they will sell them in their charity shop in the CBD.

The Charity Stores

The Charity Stores accepts almost anything and everything that can be sold to raise money for charity. They support interesting initiatives like hydroponics vegetable farming, beekeeping, animal welfare and also aid underprivileged children, the destitute, and the elderly. All donations are welcome.

How you can help: You can donate clothing, furniture, electronics, jewellery, tools, kitchen appliances and utensils, carpets, silverware, brassware, paintings and artworks – anything! Click here to find a Charity Shop near you.

SPCA Randburg

Self-reliant and dependent on donations from local businesses and the public, the SPCA Randburg needs your help to keep their organisation going and keep doing what they do best – taking care of animals in need. You can make a difference in a variety of ways, like making a financial donation or donating pet food and blankets. You can also contribute by giving your unwanted goods to their Charity Store or by dropping off your second-hand books at their Book Store. And if you have nothing to give, why not offer some of your time and energy to their volunteer programme? You can also extend your generosity and kindness to the Johannesburg SPCA, where you can purchase necessities for the animals from their pet store or support their craft markets.

How you can help: Pet food, blankets, second-hand books, furniture and clothes.

The Johannesburg Children’s Home

For children seeking refuge, The Johannesburg Children’s Home has become a safe haven. Kids aged between three and 18 years who have suffered neglect, abandonment or physical and emotional abuse get a chance to start a new life under the love and care of trained child care workers. Because their needs change daily, any donations will be greatly appreciated.

How you can help: Clothing (including pyjamas, school uniform grey pants, white school shirts, tracksuits, socks, underwear, shoes, etc), furniture, and second-hand items that are in good condition (crockery and cutlery, appliances, books, toys, etc). Click here for more information.

Nkosi’s Haven

Providing holistic care and a home for destitute HIV/AIDS-infected mothers, their children and orphans as a result of HIV-related deaths, Nkosi’s Haven is a safe haven without discrimination and prejudice. They also contribute by distributing a portion of their donations to other organisations in need.

How you can help: All kinds of donations are appreciated, from clothing and shoes to toys, bedding and furniture. Click here to see what they are looking for regarding donations.

HospiceWits

Make a difference by donated your secondhand, good quality, unwanted goods to HospiceWits, who provides medical and psychological support for individuals and families facing terminal illness. The HospiceWits’ Retail Shops contributes a big amount of HospiceWits revenue stream, which is used to assist and fund families in need in the greater Johannesburg and Soweto areas. There are 14 HospiceWits Retail stores throughout the city. Click here to find your nearest one.

How you can help: Donate your pre-loved pots, pans, kitchen goods, crockery, cutlery, linen and curtains, clothing for men and women and children, furniture, electrical items that are still in working order, ornaments, books, DVDs, CDs, and toys.

What Is It?

The Smile Foundation 947 Ride Joburg Cyclethon will be bringing smiles to the faces of riders and children this Sunday! A cycling instructor will lead and motivate riders for four hours throughout their virtual 94 km 947 Ride Joburg race.

All riders will be linked virtually to the same race and will complete their 94km in their own time. Every rider will need to use the official App, Motosumo, to track and measure their 94 km ride to receive an official 2020 finish and medal.

Participants who choose to attend Smile Foundation 947 Ride Joburg Cyclethon at Imperial Wanderers will also receive their medal and goodie bag. Refreshment stations will be available at the venue to simulate water points during the not-so-virtual race. On top of it all, this exciting event will be aired live via the 947 Ride Joburg Facebook page.

Planet Fitness are key partners powering this event by providing 300 gym stationery bikes. They have also allocated spinning studios at 10 of their gyms so participants can take part in the race. With COVID-19 compliance regulations sternly in place, bookings are essential on the website.

The people of Joburg are so generous with their support of this meaningful event, which has really become a firm favourite with families year in and year out. Not only is it a great way to celebrate the end of a disruptive year, but it helps generate funds that make a genuine, tangible difference in children’s lives, and I couldn’t think of anything that could be more rewarding than that,” says Fritz Pienaar, new owner and race organiser of 947 Ride Joburg.

Image by Richard Pearce via Ridejoburg.co.za.

Image by Richard Pearce via Ridejoburg.co.za.

The ticket sales of the riders who are undertaking this gruelling challenge, not just for the physical and mental stimulation will also be raising funds for Smile Foundation, which is wholeheartedly committed to catching up on the backlog of children’s reconstructive surgeries, that have been delayed due to the Lockdown.

It is an absolute honour to partner with 947 Ride Joburg and Imperial Wanderers Stadium. The funds raised from this remarkably unique event will drastically change children’s lives. These critical contributions will help alleviate the backlog that has ensued and ensure children receive their long awaited and much needed surgeries. Through the 947 Ride Joburg race, children will have the chance to live a normal and healthy life, just like every child deserves,” says Hedley Lewis, CEO of Smile Foundation.

When Is It?

Sunday 15 November 2020 from 08:00 – 12:00.

Where Is It?

Online or at Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Corlett Drive, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg. Distance of the ride is 94km on indoor cycling bikes.

How Much Is It?

R400 per person. Click here to register and book your spot. You can also book your bike seat spot at Wanderers, at a Planet Fitness gym or Virtual link in.

Space is limited, so be sure to book your spot ASAP. Capacity is capped at 500 riders (300 gym stationery bikes available at the venue and 200 spots for home trainers).

For More Information

For more information about the Smile Foundation 947 Ride Joburg Cyclethon, visit ridejoburg.co.za.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What Is It?

In honour of Mandela Day, Webshows have decided to put together an ensemble of some of the finest entertainment in a 67-minute extravaganza. All profits from the show will go to CANSA! Hosted by funnyman, Stuart Taylor, and headlined by the mischievous duo, Conrad Koch & Chester Missing, this show is guaranteed to have you in stitches.

Joining the ensemble cast is US-based magician, Randy Shine, performing live from Philadelphia, as well as a comedy performance by Cape Town favourite, Dalin Oliver. Adding some musical flair to the line-up is popular crooner, Keeno-Lee Hector.

Tickets are available at Quicket South Africa with the option to donate an additional amount of money to CANSA if you wish.

When Is It?

Friday, 17 July 2020 from 20:00 to 21:07.

Where Is It?

Live stream in the comfort of your own home. 

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R67 per person (+R5 booking fee) and are available at Quicket.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event page.

Please note: live stream events are subject to be cancelled or postponed at any given time. Please follow the event organisers on their social media platforms to ensure you're up to date with the latest announcements, news and information about the event you're interested in. 

What Is It?

Mandela loved children and he dedicated much of his time and efforts to improving the lives of children in need. To honour his legacy, Cotlands is proud to present a 67-minute comedy show featuring some of South Africa’s best comedians on Mandela Day. The event will be streamed live from Penny Lane Studios on the day. As for the comedy lineup, you can expect to see online performances from:

cotlands laugh for change

#LaughForChange with Cotlands and help change the lives of children who have no access to early childhood education. To join this amazing cause, all you need to do is buy your tickets on Quicket and laugh your heart out with their hilarious comedy show from the comfort of your own home. Your actions can help ignite the future potential of a child.

When Is It?

Saturday, 18 July 2020 from 17:00 – 18:07.

Where Is It?

In the comfort of your own home. You will receive a live streaming link on the day of the show via email.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person and can be purchased from Quicket.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Cotlands' Facebook page.

You can also visit www.cotlands.org or email [email protected].

Please note: events are subject to change, be postponed or cancelled during the national lockdown/COVID-19 pandemic. Please directly contact the organisers of this event to ensure that it is still taking place on the date stated above. 

What Is It?

Leash up the doggos, gather the kids, grab your face masks and hand sanitisers and head to the brand-new Ark Animal Walk Park in Chartwell for a wonderful cause. Before you get walking, register at the registration tables and be sure to arrive on time for your designated time slot. Other than the fresh air and beautiful outdoors, there will be lots of goodies on offer, both dog and human related. Also, don't forget to browse through their Charity Store for Woodrock. There will be incredible raffles amazing giveaways on the day!

This walk park will give the Ark Family the opportunity to continue being involved in their passion relating to animals. The park will take their passion and love for animals to new heights. As the saying goes, the best view comes after the hardest climb. This pandemic and national lockdown hasn't been kind to everyone, and this is their chance to get back on track doing what they love, supporting animals.

Animal Rescues

The new arm of Ark rescue and rehabilitation will be there welcoming you on the day. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the team.

Also, Mandela Day is a big high for Woodrock Animal Rescue. In keeping with a tradition, Woodrock will never give up on the voiceless. All funds raised during this launch and Mandela Day initiative will support Woodrock Animal Rescue in saving dog moms and pups from a life of abuse and neglect.

Please note: In keeping with COVID-19 rules, they will be staggering groups of 50 walkers per time slot. Be sure to choose your hour accordingly. It is vital that you keep to your allocated time.

When Is It?

Saturday, 18 July 2020 and Sunday, 19 July 2020, starting at 08:00 through to 15:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Ark Animal Walk Park, 17 Howard Avenue, Chartwell, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It? 

Tickets cost R67 per person, R30 per dog, and children under the age of 12 walk for FREE.

Due to social distancing, this event must be pre-booked via Quicket. Click here to book your spots now before it's too late.

The first 100 patrons to register on Quicket will receive a complimentary gift.

For More Information

For more information about this exciting fundraiser event, visit their Facebook event page here.

Don't forget to visit their website and Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news, events and information.

Please note: events are subject to change, be postponed or cancelled during the national lockdown/COVID-19 pandemic. Please directly contact the organisers of this event to ensure that it is still taking place on the date stated and venue above. 

What Is It?

Over the past six years, the HosepiceWits Night with the Stars event has attracted more than 100 local performing artists, fashion designers, celebrities and influencers, who graciously offered their time, free of charge, to walk the longest red carpet in Africa. It is no surprise that this has become the “seen-and-be-seen” event on the Johannesburg fashion calendar.

Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, HospiceWits will not be able to take the esteemed annual fashion extravaganza to a physical runway. Instead, we will be meeting in the social media stratosphere, to celebrate this glamorous night with an even larger global audience.

Hosted by HospiceWits, and proudly presented by Umzingeli Productions and About Entertainment, “Night with the Stars – Lounge Edition” is set to take place via Instagram on Tuesday 28 July 2020.

HospiceWits Night with the Stars 2020 will let the spotlight fall on the creative industries, which have been severely affected by the lockdown.

Between 18:00 and 22:00 on Tuesday, 28 July, more than 100 celebrities, performing artists, fashion designers, musicians, influencers, dancers, makeup artists and hairstylists will be interacting with their fans on Instagram and asking their followers to donate to HospiceWits Night with the Stars.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 from 18:00-22:00

Where Is It? 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

We are getting ready for one of the ultimate collaborations of South Africa’s most creative minds. Queue the lights, settle in – the stars are coming to you. ⠀ #HospiceWitsNWTS20 #LoungeEdition

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Online, on Instagram.  

How Much Is It?

FREE! Viewers may donate to HospiceWits Night with the Stars on the night of the event if they wish to.

For More Information

Check the Facebook event page, as well as the HospiceWits Instagram and Facebook pages

 

What Is It?

Since 1931, CANSA has been the leader in fighting cancer in South Africa, their purpose is go offer a unique and integrated service to the public and those affected by cancer.  The Weekly Wire presents Local is Lekker in support of CANSA with local artists bringing you entertainment.
All of the profits go towards CANSA.
Shaun Nieuwoudt: Vocals And Guitar
Tian Nienaber: Vocals And Guitar
Rics Eltze: Drums
Raldo Mattheüs: Bass

When Is It?

Friday, 10 July 2020 at 19:00

Where Is It?

Online, details are provided on the Facebook event.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are available from R10 to R350 each and can be bought through Howler.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit the Facebook event.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

The Justice League™ Virtual Run series is the official series of Warner Bros and DC comics in South Africa, produced by Sportsvendo, the same company who brought The Color Run to the country. This exciting series has been designed to empower women, men, and children from all walks of life, as they harness their favourite Justice League™ character and unleash the their inner superhero and support an amazing cause.

The organisers are also partnering with various institutions that are providing relief and making financial contributions to beneficiaries such as Headstart Kids, who provide special nutritional food packs to young children. More organisations to benefit from the Justice League™ Virtual Run series will be announced at a later stage.

Choose your favourite superhero or do all five of the virtual runs/walks in the comfort of your own home and/or neighbourhood. Super Heroes will join forces on the same day at the same time, as either Superman (July 2020), Wonder Woman (August 2020), Aquaman (September 2020), Batman (October 2020) and then The Flash (November 2020); walking, jogging, cycling or even crawling, all in aid of their chosen beneficiaries.

What's In Your Superhero Kit?

What good is doing good without a few goodies? The Justice League™ Virtual Run Series organisers will get you geared up and ready to be a superhero with the following essential good-doer customised armour when you purchase your entry! Your Super Hero Kit will include:

T&Cs Apply

justice league superhero shirts

When Is It?

Dates for the Justice League Virtual Run Series are as follows:

Where Is It? 

From the comfort of your own home. You can walk around your neighbourhood, complex or property.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost from R190 per person and can be purchased from justiceleagueseries.co.za.

For More Information

For more information about the Justice League Virtual Run Series, visit justiceleagueseries.co.za or visit their Facebook page for more details.

Don't forget to follow them on Instagram and Twitter too.

Feed Hungry Tummies

Animal shelters are always running out of food to feed their precious dogs and cats, so make life a little easier on your local shelter and donate some pet food. This can be something as simple as dry pellets and tinned food, or you can opt for something extra special and donate treats, gravy or food bowls. If you're feeling extra generous, you can even create a hamper filled with yummy treats, bright and colourful toys and something a little more practical, like tick and flea repellent, cat litter or shampoo.

Help Pay Their Bills

With the high cost of vet bills, it's a wonder any animal shelter is left standing after the COVID-19 lockdown. Spare a thought for the injured and sick animals at these shelters this winter and donate a little something. No matter how big or small your donation, it will be much appreciated. If you are unable to donate even a small amount of money, consider asking friends and family to donate on your behalf in lieu of a birthday gift.

Keep A Fur Baby Warm

If there was one thing that every shelter across the southern hemisphere could ask for right now, it would probably be blankets to help keep the animals in their care warm during the cold nights. Help out your local animal charity organisation and donate a few used blankets, towels or dog jerseys. Or if you don't have any to spare, why not buy a few? With winter warmer specials left, right and centre, you'll probably be able to find a few warming blankets at just about any store.

Knit Away

Are you still sitting at home during lockdown? Then why not take up knitting as a hobby and knit a few blankets, jerseys or even toys for a pooch or kitty? You can even get your friends, family, colleagues or fellow community members to join in and start a drive to collect knitted blankets for those in need. It's a wonderful way to get closer to your community and keep busy while helping those in need.

Cat

Image sourced from Doris Metterniche via www.pixabay.com

Support Local Initiatives

Another great way to help out charities across Joburg is to support one of their many initiatives. Here are just some of the initiatives in our city:

Pug Rescue

Pug Rescue is an animal welfare organisation based in Benoni. As the name suggests, they take in unwanted and neglected pugs (and honorary pugs) and give them love and care until they can be re-homed. Currently, they are selling masks and buffs for adults and children for R85 - R120 in gorgeous pug-inspired designs. Order yours by emailing [email protected] and help make a difference in the life of a pug.

Paws R Us

Paws R Us rescues dogs throughout the city and cares for them at their shelter in Midrand until they find their furever homes. In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, they are selling a range of stylish buffs. These cost just R90 for one, R85 each for two or R75 each for three or more. Email [email protected] to purchase yours.

Saints

Saints in an animal charity shop that sells donated secondhand items and gives the proceeds to animal welfare organisations across Joburg. Help this wonderful shop help others by donating your unwanted clothing, books, homeware or trinkets to their shop. Alternatively, visit their shop in North Riding and purchase a few odds and ends or bid on exclusive items on their Facebook page.

Santa Cause For Paws

Santa Cause For Paws in an online shop selling beautiful customised mugs, handmade baby blankets, unique trinkets and pet treats in a bid to earn much needed funds for animal shelters. Help thousands of homeless animals in the city by purchasing some of the exquisite items on offer at the store, perfect as a gift for your loved ones.

Adopt, Foster or Sponsor

Lastly, one of the best ways to help your local animal shelter stay afloat is to adopt one of the animals in their care. Adopted animals have lots of love to give and truly make the best companions. If you are unable to adopt, why not foster an animal until they find their furever home? If this is also not an option, you can choose to sponsor an animal for just a small amount, ensuring they will stay warm and fed for at least a short while.

Dog

Image sourced from Congerdesign via www.pixabay.com

Do you know of any other ways to help local animal charities survive the winter chill? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Even though we're all on lockdown, it doesn't mean that we can't lend a helping hand to those who need our support during this difficult time. There are many ways to volunteer during the lockdown/pandemic, and best of all, you don't even need to leave the comfort and safety of your home to reach out and help out locally. You can still offer resources, skills and contributions to those in need.

Wondering how to volunteer and make a difference in your community during the lockdown? Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

Grocery Shopping With A Twist

When we say grocery shopping, we don't mean grocery shopping for you and your loved ones. We mean shopping for much needed items and necessities that NPOs are kindly asking to be donated to their cause. To assist, contact local NPOs or visit their websites to take a look at what's on their wish list or grocery list, go shopping for these products online and have it all delivered to their desired address. Even if it's just a few of the items they require, each little bit will be greatly appreciated.

grocery shopping

Do Some Virtual Volunteering

You can still volunteer while you're under lockdown! Just like the rest of the nation, this act of kindness has gone virtual, allowing you to assist from home. The term for this is called virtual volunteering and it has become a thing! Want to virtual volunteer during your free time? Then visit Forgood.co.za, which will offer you a wide choice of causes in various locations throughout South Africa asking for assistance with various activities during the lockdown. All you have to do is go online and search for activities that suit your interests and skills.

charity community hands holding a red heart

Support Domestic Workers

Among those that have been affected the most during this time are the domestic workers and gardeners that keep homes in top condition. Even if they have the benefit of living with you and your family, they still have extended families that rely on their income to ensure they're still provided for during the lockdown. Help them ensure that their families will be alright during the lockdown by paying them during this uncertain time.

cleaning products in a blue bucket being held by a cleaner wearing orange gloves

Donate!

Another good deed you can do during the lockdown is donate. There are many Back-A-Buddy initiatives that need your help. You can also support our frontline heroes in the medical industry by donating to the SHOUT4Masks initiative that'll provide health workers with the necessary protective gear as they treat and fight the spread of COVID-19. Also, contact your local animal shelters to find out how you can donate to their organisation.

donate child putting coins into a blue piggy bank

Offer Virtual Chats, Tutoring Or Counselling

During the lockdown, there are many people that are either social distancing or isolating alone who feel lonely. There are others that aren't coping and need someone to talk to about what's bothering them. Also, there are parents that are battling to home school their children as they, too, need to work and require some assistance. Many are struggling at this time. Offer your skills, kindness and expertise to those who need some help on community pages on social media.

man with brown hair making a phone call with a white smart phone placed near his ear

Support These Community Initiatives 

Many charities, organisations and SMEs are struggling to make ends meet or keep their doors open due to the national lockdown and the spread of the pandemic. Right now, they need you more than ever to help them make it through. To see which community initiatives and charities need your help, click here to see how you can give back to the community during this difficult time.

charity community green grass with glass jar filled with coins and soil being watered

#SaveYourSpot!

One thing we all miss during this lockdown is that one place we love to visit on the regular. Take a moment to think about your favourite restaurant or bar – your spot. Is it just a place you go to or is it more than that? For many South Africans, our local spot is our home away from home. Where we get to eat, drink and be merry, surrounded by the people we love. It’s where our community comes together, where memories are made and life can be truly savoured and celebrated.

people from all walks of life sitting around a table at a restaurant toasting with stella artois beer

The bad news: Your favourite local spot (and all those who work there) is under threat. With most restaurants and bars having already been brought to their knees by social distancing regulations that began even before the national lockdown, the ongoing livelihood of hundreds of thousands who rely on these businesses to survive hangs in the balance.

That’s why Stella Artois is rallying to #SaveYourSpot.

How You Can Help

Stella Artois, one of SA’s best loved premium beers in the SAB, has launched an online platform on which you can buy a voucher to your favourite restaurant or bar. Not only will this money go to your spot, but Stella Artois will add an additional 50% of the value of each voucher.

It’s a win-win – for you AND your spot! Not only can you redeem your voucher at your favourite local spot after the lockdown and enjoy 150% of the value you paid for it, but the spot itself will benefit from some much-needed financial relief to pay wages and rent when they need it most – right now.

three ladies sitting at a bar enjoying stella artois beer and laughing

Why Participate?

Vijay Govindsamy, Commercial Director High End Company at SAB, reminds us what’s at stake: “Most restaurants and bars have about 16 days worth of cashflow reserves to keep their business afloat. That’s a global average. For many South African outlets, that figure will be significantly less. If we hope to see our favourite spots survive this lockdown, we need to rally together and do what we can to support them now – when they need our help the most.

This initiative is born out of a genuine love for our restaurants and bars. It’s a love we share with most South Africans who are famously sociable and gregarious the world over. By buying a voucher to #SaveYoutSpot, you’re investing in the good times that still lie ahead – you’re investing in hope,” Vijay continues.

stella artois beer in glasses on a wooden table with two men in the background out of focus

So, how much is Stella Artois investing? R1.5 million. Which (together with the amounts patrons pay toward their vouchers) effectively translates to a much-needed R4.5 million cash injection into the food and beverage industry.

After the 50% incentive bonus runs dry, Stella Artois has committed to still oversee and run the online platform, in the hopes that a movement toward rallying for our restaurants and bars will continue. They will thus continue to facilitate the purchasing of vouchers and their value being transferred directly to the outlets they relate to.

restaurant table with stella artois in a glass surrounded by plates of food burgers, people

How To #SaveYourSpot

  1. Visit rallyforyourbarandrestaurant.com.
  2. Buy a digital voucher to your favourite spot to the value of R100, R250 or R500.
  3. Stella Artois will add an extra 50% to the total voucher amount you've selected.
  4. Redeem your voucher after lockdown and enjoy 150% of the value you paid for it.

Can’t find your favourite local spot? Nominate it via the online platform and Stella Artois will get hold of them directly to get them listed ASAP.

A movement that at once celebrates the good times ahead, while helping our most beloved places survive the bad times, is a movement we can most certainly all get behind. Cheers to that!

#SaveYourSpot campaign logo with three people drinking stella artois beer

For More Information

For more information about this wonderful initiative, visit rallyforyourbarandrestaurant.com.

Also, don't forget to like and follow Stella Artois on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, information and updates.

Feeding South Africa

OneCart have partnered with FoodForward SA in their mission to create a South Africa without hunger, and you can be part of it and help make a difference. For just 85c, OneCart and FoodForward SA can provide a full meal to someone in need when you shop online at www.onecart.co.za.

Over 14 million South Africans go without adequate food. FoodFoward SA – a food banking and redistribution organisation – are geared to address this problem. They connect a world of quality surplus food to a world of need.

As a part of this initiative, for the next 30 days OneCart will match every donation made to play a part in delivering food to those in need. To encourage their shoppers to be part of this mission, OneCart have launched the option to donate at checkout on their site. And by the end of April 2020, their app will have also implemented this feature.

Feeding the hungry charity

Imaged sourced from FoodForward SA

About FoodForward SA

Addressing the issues of widespread hunger in South Africa, FoodForward SA recovers edible surplus food from farmers, manufacturers and retailers for redistribution to registered Beneficiary Organisations (BOs) that serve the poor. This process is called cost-effective model food banking.

FoodForward SA focuses on alleviating hunger and reducing the environmental impact by diverting good quality edible surplus food. Reducing food waste and loss is the third most effective solution for fighting climate change.

people packing food into crates to send to hungry communities

Image sourced from OneCart

For More Information

OneCart

For more information about OneCart and their service, visit www.onecart.co.za.

You can also contact them on 087 701 6725 between 09:00 – 18:00, or on [email protected] for general enquiries or [email protected] for help with orders.

Also, follow and like them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news and offers.

FoodForward SA

For more information about FoodForward SA, visit foodforwardsa.org.

You can also contact them on 021 531 5670 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest projects and initiatives.

foodforwardsa and onecart green logos

For more initiatives and charities to support during this difficult and trying time, click here to find out how you can give back to the community and lend a helping hand. 

What Is It?

This is in support of those in the music industry who are struggling to make ends meet during this time. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, food and other vital living expenses for those in the entertainment industry who have been impacted due to sickness or loss of work. The lineup includes:

When Is It?

Saturday, 11 April 2020 at 09:00.

Where Is It?

Visit this Facebook page to join the music festival.

How Much Is It?

Free of charge.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information.

How Do They Plan To Help?

Faced with what our President has described as "a medical emergency far graver than what we have experienced in the last 100 years", SDI realised that it is micro suppliers who could play a much-needed role in ensuring the delivery of a multitude of critical services that would be required in ensuring that we win this war against the virus, from both a medical and socio-economic perspective.

It is with this in mind that SDI has put together a team of experts, who will operate under the banner of SDI FORCE, to ensure that this network of micro suppliers will ultimately allow us access to up to 50 000 activators on the ground, that are experienced at working with technology, are able to play a much-needed role during these trying and difficult times” explains Andile Ramaphosa, SDI Co-Founder.

Contributing To A Greater Community

Whilst SDI FORCE was initially set up to focus on assisting the homeless in and around Johannesburg during the lockdown period, by providing logistical support and food-packs, sanitisers and other essentials, it soon became apparent that they could, in fact - by virtue of their access to the relationships they have with micro suppliers and other top platforms, like Loadit, Tradeway, Sweepsouth and Aweh Africa - do so much more.

The value they have has been recognised in these micro suppliers and has not gone unnoticed by government. They have now partnered with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the Department of Social Development and the City of Joburg in collaboration with the Gauteng MEC, Panyaza Lesufi.

Helping Those In Need During The Lockdown

The scope and focus of SDI FORCE has now broadened to include the elderly and other groups of people with a view to assist in meeting their needs on a national basis during this lockdown period and beyond. This is a massive challenge for the organisation, but they are reaching the goal one step at a time, with your help.

SDI FORCE urges that when we do overcome this crisis, we must accept the simple reality that we must do more, care more and never forget that we are all one nation. If ever there was a time for us to stick together and to help others out, it is now! It is not a time to be inactive. While the virus has brought about significant physical constraints, it must not be allowed to constrain our humanity, too.

We are in uncertain times, and everyone is anxious,” explains Brad Fisher, ADreach Managing Director and Co-founder of SDI. “But as much as it’s difficult to be quarantined in our homes, things are far worse for those whose livelihoods are already compromised. Waste collectors, robot traders and car guards play an integral role in our society, and this lockdown is going to completely cut them off from their everyday source of income. We need to assist them. If we don’t, they will not survive. It’s that simple.

How Can You Help?

For the moment, the main focus should be on the basics - like food and hygiene. SDI FORCE and the ADreach Group have partnered with Unity Values, who will be managing an auditable online fundraising initiative to purchase food and hygiene packs for those in need. All packs will be distributed daily throughout the national lockdown by government-approved distribution and logistics agents. Every R1 000 donated helps to feed a family for three weeks.

How To Donate:

The ADreach Group (Investor and stakeholder in SDI) has already pledged R50 000, and is now challenging other companies and appealing to the public to make further donations to this worthy cause. To make your contribution, please visit this website.

As the world deals with the devastating effects of COVID-19, we have to consider those South African citizens who may die from starvation, exposure and malnutrition. We can all play our part in helping our country through this pandemic, please support SDI FORCE - and spread the word.

For More Information

website | Facebook page | Twitter | 082 458 2019 | [email protected] | Po Box 2007, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Shout4Masks Helps Healthcare Workers

In an emergency shout out, SHOUT SA have created a new public service initiative with SMD Technologies – SHOUT4MASKS  – to assist in raising much needed money to purchase surgical masks directly from factories, avoid profiteering and urgently give them to healthcare prefessionals and patients who need them most.

As SHOUT SA co-founder, Danny K, explains: "There is a crying need to protect those who are protecting us – our frontline heroes. Battling valiantly against COVID-19, our healthcare sector needs our support right now as the supply of masks dwindles. It’s getting desperate. Here at SHOUT SA, we have a voice, why not use it to shout out to our fellow countrymen to help secure more masks?"

shout4masks campaign by SHOUT SA

Fellow co-founder, Kabelo Mabalane, adds: "We are calling on all our fellow musicians and celebrities to get behind this to inspire and unite the nation to help get proper safe masks for those that need them most. For both patients and our most vulnerable communities, I am relieved that we are able to spread a protective front for both."

The compelling platform enables all South Africans – individuals and corporates – to donate combo packs of both specialist and surgical masks to healthcare professionals and patients for as little as R100.

Partnering SHOUT SA in this initiative are SMD Technologies, who have been able to secure incredible deals directly from factories at cost price with no middle men profiteering. As Avi Mishan, the Managing Director of SMD, explains: "With the dire shortage of masks in our hospitals, doctors and patients are at risk. We had to find a way to afford them quality masks with no compromise on safety and no profiteering. For the greater good of our country. This is about all of us."

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There Are Various Corporate Tiers Available For Donation

Shout4Masks has called on all to urgently help fund these protective masks at scale and lend a powerful hand to turn the tide in the battle against this invisible COVID-19 outbreak with special Corporate Tiers.

These tiers are hoping to create real momentum to crush the outbreak by substantially bulking up protection, to make even more of a difference to hundreds of community hot spots and healthcare centres.

These special Corporate Tiers comprise of:

These various packages will release thousands of vital masks to save teams and even wards of healthcare workers and patients from community field centres to clinics and hospitals across villages, towns and cities throughout the country.

Certificates of recognition will be issued to honour these invaluable contributions. Donors will be pleased to note that Shout4Masks is a Section 18A company. All donations will receive a tax deduction certificate.

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The Shout4Masks collaboration is technically supported by Yossie Hasson from Runway Fund and creatively powered by leading social change agents, MAL Design Studio creating for good - in an effort to reduce the economic, social and health impacts of COVID-19 in support of the national medical response to the pandemic.

As Designer-In-Chief, Emma Strydom, passionately shouts out: "How encouraging and uniting for the country to see public services being initiated across NGOs, trusts, businesses and the entertainment industry to benefit and support the healthcare sector, fulfilling our nation’s gees to unite and give back. Imagine the power of Shout4Masks spreading its protective might across South Africa to more than flatten the curve – to smash it."

"This is the kind of drive that's going to save the lives of doctors and other health workers at the frontline when COVID-19 positive patients present to them. Especially given that here are 180 countries around the world vying for the same global inventory pool, its incredible that SMD Technologies have been able to secure such a good deal directly from factories."

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Want To Help? Donate Now.

Help SHOUT SA provide safe medical masks for our frontline heroes by donating to the SHOUT4Masks initiative. Visit www.shout4masks.co.za to find out how you can donate to this worthy cause.

Also, follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, information and see where your kind donations are going.

#shout4masks #FlattenTheCurve #reachout #shout4SouthAfrica #donateNow #ForOurPeople #helpingHand #Charity #Covid19initiative #DoYourPart #ShoutSA #medicalmask #masks #ISupportSA

Support Animal Shelters & Rescues

Animal shelters across the country are also starting to feel the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of these animal supporting initiatives and organisations are battling to keep their doors open and animals fed. To help make a difference to these brands and help their fur babies, please take a moment to visit any local animal rescue site and find out how you can help. We have an entire list of animal shelters that you can contact, but these are the ones that have reached out asking for assistance:

Even a small donation will help make a difference.

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SHOUT SA's Campaign, Shout4Masks

With the outbreak spreading by the day, there's a shortage of protective masks to keep our frontline heroes safe as they fight COVID-19. For as little as R100, donate combo packs of both specialist and surgical masks to healthcare professionals and patients through SHOUT SA's campaign, Shout4Masks. Corporates are also called to assist by contributing to the cause by choosing between various special Corporate Tiers. Certificates of recognition will be issued to honour these invaluable contributions.

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Support Joburg Ballet

Due to the outbreak, Joburg Ballet has had to cancel their shows. This has sadly made a huge impact on the company. The Mail and Guardian has reported that Joburg Ballet has lost an estimated R1 million due to the cancellation. Other than watching their shows, there are many other ways that you can support Joburg Ballet during this difficult time. Here's how.

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South African Fund 4 Entertainment

Another industry that's being knocked quite hard due to the national lockdown and the COVID-19 outbreak is the local entertainment industry. And SAFE (South African Fund 4 Entertainment) are fighting for the unsung heroes that work behind the scenes of every event that you attend. This includes the technical set-up crews, security officers, cleaners, fencing staff, décor company set-up crews, barmen, waiters and more. Partnered with Pick 'n Pay Feed The Nation and event industry leaders, SAFE aim to support these workers with food vouchers which will allow them to go to their nearest Pick 'n Pay for a hamper of essentials. Click here to find out how you can help.

Join Dlala Nje In #KeepingPonteLoveAlive

Dlala Nje is an NGO working to change hearts and minds by spreading their love of the inner city to all. Their walking tours are known for showing the true beauty of Hillbrow and its surrounds. These tours are imperative to revitalising the city through tourism and social initiatives. Help Dlala Nje stay alive by joining the #KeepPonteLoveAlive campaign.

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Essential Shop & Support A Great Cause

While you're out doing your essential shopping, surely you don't have time to "lend a helping hand". The last thing any of us want to do is stay away from the comfort and safety of our homes longer than we need to, especially when there's an outbreak throughout the country. But, when you shop for your groceries, don't forget to take your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card along with you if you're heading to Woolworths for a quick shop to support the community.

To support this amazing community loyalty programme, all you have to do is swipe your card when you shop and you'll help over 8 000 charities, schools and animal welfare or environmental organisations across the country. Every time you use your card at any of their partner stores, they'll give back a percentage of your purchase value – on your behalf – to the school or charity you choose at absolutely no cost to you!

To find out more about this initiative and how to get your own MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card, visit www.myschool.co.za.

Don't forget to download the app to your iPhone or Android.

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Support Our Healthcare Community

As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads throughout the country, our healthcare network is going to need assistance from the community to ensure that they provide only the best care to infected patients and have the right equipment and supplies to do so.

With this in mind, the Gift of the Givers Foundation has partnered with Backabuddy to set up a fundraising campaign to support the doctors, nurses and medical staff that work on the frontline in medical facilities in South Africa. The funds will go towards manual and automated ventilation equipment; intubation equipment; safety equipment for medical staff as well as medical supplies.

Their fund raising target is R 2 million. Click here to help them help South Africa during this uncertain and challenging time in our country.

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Help Feed Families

Along with the COVID-19 outbreak comes companies closing their doors and staff receiving reduced salaries. Some may not receive an income at all! This is definitely going to be a difficult season across the country for all. With this, many families won't be able to afford to put dinner on the table and keep their loved ones fed.

This is where FoodForward SA steps in! FoodForward SA ensures that there will be food provisions available for the country's most vulnerable groups in the coming months. This includes facilities for the elderly, orphans and vulnerable children, those living with HIV/AIDS, disabled persons, the homeless, as well as vulnerable women. Nutrition is critical in maintaining a strong immune system, which is essential during this time.

Nation Changers have also joined the cause to ensure that impoverished communities are sustained. You can donate goods or cash and help them provide 20 000 CityHill Care Kits to orphanages, the Philikade Hospital and individual families by clicking here.

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Pay It Forward In The Community With Piza ē Vino

As we all worry about the spread of COVID-19, let's not forget about those who need the community's help. Join Piza ē Vino as they pay it forward during this difficult time. They are collecting pizza slices for their customers to take for those in the community who need a meal. To assist in this initiative, add only R5 to your bill to contribute towards a slice of pizza.

For more information about this contribution to community healing, click here.

Support A Great Cause!

Gold Reef City, in association with CANSA, will be hosting Shavathons from 09:00 to 17:00 on Friday, 06 March 2020 at the Gold Reef City Casino main entrance and on Saturday, 07 March 2020 from 09:30 to 17:00 at Gold Reef City Theme Park, Town Square. Save the dates and let’s beat 2019’s R60 000 donation! All donations will go towards CANSA’s care and support programmes for patients, caregivers and loved ones.

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This year’s Shavathon theme, Hope 2020, is appropriate, as participants will be giving hope to cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones, by showing solidarity in the fight against cancer as they stencil, spray or shave their hair. To participate, adults need to donate R50 to this worthy cause, while children under 12 need to make a donation of R25 to get in on the Shavathon action.

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CANSA provides a unique, integrated service to all people affected by cancer. This non-profit organisation enables research on the lowering of cancer risk, educating the public regarding symptoms, screening and risk reduction, and providing care and support to all people affected by cancer. Its advocacy team performs a watchdog role to oversee South African policy makers and influence important cancer control issues. They also strive to protect the patient's right to healthcare. Invite all your friends and family and let’s make a notable difference in 2020!

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For More Information

For more information on Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park and their entertainment lineup, visit www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino.

You can also contact them on 011 248 5000.

Don’t forget to follow or like them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay informed about the latest news, events and offers.

The Killarney Mall Stationery Drive Reaches Their Goal!

During December 2019 and January 2020, Killarney Mall - in partnership with their tenants, Dis-chem, Woolworths and Bostik - held a charity stationery drive, with the goal and mission to make a difference in the community by providing the children at Thembelenkosini Care Givers Centre with school and food supplies to last the entire year of 2020. And we're happy to announced that they succeeded!

On Friday, 07 February 2020, Killarney Mall gave back to the community by donating one year's worth of stationery and non-perishable food to Thembelenkosini Care Givers Centre, who are dedicated to physically, emotionally, creatively and intellectually enhancing the lives of children in the community of Senaoane, Soweto. This long-standing relationship between Thembelenkosini Care Givers and Killarney Mall has resulted in five years of local children receiving much-needed stationery and food.

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A Big Thank You Goes To...

In addition to the sponsored stationery, Killarney Mall's incredible shoppers donated countless educational books, files, folders, pencil bags, school bags and keyboards.

A very big thank you goes to Sharon Wapnick and Killarney Mall, their valuable sponsors – Bostik, Sasko, Woolworths, Dis-Chem Pharmacies and Pick 'n Pay Killarney – without whom, this would not have been possible, as well as to all kind and generous shoppers and Thembelenkosini Care Givers for providing a safe haven for children and promoting their education further.

The contribution comes to a total of R99 990.54.

For More Information

Find out more about Thembelenkosini Care Givers at www.thembelacaregivers.org.

You can also contact them on [email protected] and 011 025 7755.

About Cat Village

Cat Village has been in operation since 2004. To date, they have taken in approximately 1000 cats who have found their forever home at the Cat Village. The cats at this village are not available for adoption as they come from horrific and stressful situations and need special care.

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Cat Village is a safe, happy and stress-free environment where the cats can roam free. They live on two hectares of natural vegetation, dotted with wooden Wendy houses for shelter. All cats are sterilised, well fed and have water available 24 hours a day, ensuring they are always well cared for.

Who Made It All Possible?

Irma Teller is the special lady who devoted herself to the rescue of abused, abandoned and homeless cats. She and her husband, Herbert, have always had a desire to create a cat sanctuary where they could care and look after unwanted and neglected felines. Their dream became a reality when they found a property in Benoni and turned it into a haven for many cats.

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Donations & Contributions

Want to help out where you can? Well, you can be a hero too by donating and contributing to this great cause. Cat Village is a registered PBO and any donations made to them are tax deductible; tax receipts are issued on request. They receive no funding, relying entirely on your generosity.

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Sponsor A Cat

Since you cannot adopt any of the cats, show your support to these animals by sponsoring a cat, a sterilisation or by contributing to their wish list. Click here to find out more.

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Become A Volunteer Or A Member

You can also become a member of this organisation. They need dedicated volunteers to help lighten their load by assisting with fundraisers, computer and admin duties and landscaping. Whether you are talented or a jack-of-all-trades, you can volunteer at this organisation and help better the lives of these felines.

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Cat Village Events

Cat Village hosts many events throughout the year. Keep your eyes glued to their website to stay informed about their latest news and events. Upcoming events at Cat Village include:

For More Information

For more information, contact them on 27 83 668 8595 or email them at [email protected]. Alternatively, visit their website or follow them on their Facebook page.

For The Love Of Dogs

If you were unfortunate enough to miss the Date A Rescue event at Pug Rescue on 02 February, don't worry. You can still spend a day loving all the pugs during the month of love. Head on over to this rescue organisation and spend the day enjoying delicious food and drinks, getting slobbery kisses at the pug kissing booth or have your photo taken by a professional photographer. Entry is R20 for adults, R10 for kids and R5 or a tin of Husky for dogs.

Valentine's Day At Ark Animal Centre

Join Ark Animal Centre in Chartwell for a spectacular long Valentine's weekend. Spend the day browsing through their range of second hand books at their R5 book sale. Whether you're searching for a special cookbook or for your next thrilling adventure, they're sure to have what you're looking for. Before you leave, take some time to meet some of their furballs. Who knows, you may fall in love and find a furever partner in crime.

Walk For Love 

Take a drive out to Bronkhorstspruit and spend the day enjoying the company of all the bachelors and bachelorettes at Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre. Here, you'll be free to walk, bath and spoil any of the pooches. Remember to bring comfy clothes, dog shampoo, old towels, brushes and pet-friendly toys. Entry to this event is free, but all donations are welcome.

Jack And Charlie's Charity Run

This Valentine's Day, why not spread the love by joining this great cause to help CANSA and the SPCA? Head to Jack and Charlie's Heritage Bike Parlour and take part in the bike run in aid of these two wonderful organisations. At the event, you can make a donation of blankets, food and toys to make the day a special one for the many animals in the care of Tshwane SPCA. After the race and prize giving, stop by at the SPCA and give the very special animals some love and affection. Tickets cost R100 - R120 and can be booked at Quicket.

Night Walkies

Dotsure.co.za is proud to present Night Walkies this February. Bring your four-legged friend along for a night time stroll while watching the sun set. Tickets cost R50 and include a doggy hamper to spoil your pooch with. The first 3000 entries will also receive an LED collar. You can upgrade to a Do-Good ticket and receive a blanket, treats, a toy and vouchers to get your dog's tail wagging during the month of love. Proceeds from this event go towards the Anti-Cruelty League.

Woodrock Sunset Walk

Not only is February the month of love, but it also marks a leap year. Spend this special time with a special someone at Woodrock Animal Rescue. For R100, you will receive a complimentary drink on arrival. You can then choose a dog to walk while marveling at the sunset from the hills. After the long stroll, spoil your dog with yummy treats and a pamper session before your photoshoot and dinner under the lapa.

If you're looking to extend your furry Valentine's plans, why not spoil your dog at one of Joburg's finest restaurants? Check out our list of top dog-friendly restaurants to find the perfect spot for a date with your best friend.

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