Million Comforts calls on readers to donate menstrual hygiene products at Dis-Chem stores for distribution to underprivileged girls countrywide who cannot afford adequate hygiene care.
In 2015, Independent Media in partnership with Dis-Chem and the Dis-Chem Foundation collected 1,6 Million sanitary pads and to date have amassed 2,5 million in the 2016 campaign. The organisers hope to raise in excess of 3 million by the end of July.
Staff members throughout Independent Media are also involved in several initiatives to celebrate Mandela Day.
Here’s a short overview of some
of the projects that will be taking place today: GAUTENG
• 10,000 pairs of reading glasses will be distributed to several needy causes/individuals in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Star and Pretoria News ran stories asking readers to submit the names of potential beneficiaries. Staff members were also given the opportunity to select institutions of their choice to which they could deliver the glasses on Mandela Day.
• A special edition of Homeless Talk called HopeTalk will be sold. The Star has a full page ad in the publication featuring its ambassadors for Operation Snowball. In exchange, The Star will host an intern from Homeless Talk who will spend a month with the newsroom team. Similar to the #DignityProject, the aim is to gain useful insight into the lives of homeless people in Johannesburg. CAPE
• Organisations, companies and readers have been encouraged to purchase 67 copies of Cape Argus and/or Cape Times. 50% of the purchase price will be distributed to three charities
• with every street sale of Cape Argus, readers will receive a beanie which could be donated to a homeless person
• Cape Times will give away a rain poncho with every street sale, also to be donated to a homeless person
• Daily Voice embarked on a massive drive to collect 6700 pairs of socks for donation to homeless shelters
• Staff at Newspaper House collected donations of bread, butter and polony enough for 1700 sandwiches which will be donated to the homeless in Cape Town's city centre
• Head office staff and the executives of Independent Media will be making sandwiches which will be distributed to the hundreds of refugees who queue up outside the Home Affairs offices on the ForeshoreKWA-ZULU NATAL
SAB donated R30 000 towards upgrading the ABH Children’s Home, one of POST’s CSI projects. The POST team, along with a team made up of representatives from various sponsors, will be upgrading the library and providing treats to the children at the home. The bathrooms will also be revamped with the R65 000 raised at the annual POST Golf Day and POST Merchants Race Day auctions.
The team at Isolezwe will join hands with Coastal College to build a house each for two child-headed families in KwaMakhutha and Mgababa respectively. The vocational students at Coastal College (bricklayers, plumbers and civil technicians) will put their skills to the test to build and renovate the houses. Isolezwe will provide groceries for both families.
Monies raised from the Mercury Sprint Race Day (which took place on Saturday, 16 July – target R60 000) as well as the auction and raffles, will go towards maintaining the Hibberdene Children’s Home. Board members together with staff from the South African Petroleum Refineries (SAPREF) will be painting the dining room, sealing the bricks at the swimming pool and painting the teachers’ lounge. SAPREF has agreed to donate the labour and material and they also made a cash donation towards the Home. The 100 children at the Home will help to paint the home and enjoy a day of pampering and treats.
The team at Sunday Tribune visited the Dennis Hurley Centre on Wednesday (13 July) and prepared breakfast and lunch for the feeding scheme. Readers and various businesses donated the food that was prepared by the Tribune editorial team. Pictures and stories were published in Sunday Tribune today (Sunday 17 July).
The Daily News team will visit a crèche in central Durban and donate milk powder, fruit juice and party snacks purchased from donations made by readers of Daily News.
INDEPENDENT ON SATURDAY
The team at IOS will be visiting the Durban Children's Home and along with partners Pick n Pay, will clean the Home and treat the 74 children at the Home to a meal and snacks.“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”