The Woolworths Trust was formed in 2003 and has been making a tangible difference in South Africa for the past 10 years. 2013 marks its 10 year birthday!
The Trust strives to make a meaningful impact in local communities by supporting programmes that improve food security, reduce child vulnerability and uplift education.
For example, over the past 10 years they have:
- enabled hundreds of schools and communities to grow their own food gardens through our partnership with Food & Trees for Africa and the EduPlant programme.
- provided support to thousands of orphaned children.
- contributed to raising awareness of preventable childhood injuries by supporting Childsafe – a campaign launched by the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa, which aims to create awareness of child injuries and how to prevent them.
- supported the upliftment of education in South African schools by providing educators with much-needed educational resources and experiential activities through the Woolworths Making the Difference Educational Programmes.
- extended their reach to many more communities through the activities of colleagues at Woolworths who give up much of their time to support their store and department charity projects.
As part of the birthday celebrations, the Woolworths Trust has committed a further R1m to make an even bigger impact in 2013. Over and above its existing commitments, the Trust plans include:
- working in partnership with NewKidz and Woolworths employees to brighten up 2 children’s homes, 7 Educare centres and a soup kitchen.
- planting food gardens at 10 EduPlant schools, in partnership with Food & Trees for Africa, Â with the involvement of Woolworths colleagues across the country
- providing child safety training to EduCare centres.
- giving 10 schools access to much needed educational resources by donating two container libraries to two schools and books for other school classroom reading corners.
- providing charities supported by department or store CSI initiatives as well as individually nominated organisations with much needed funds by increasing the ‘matching fund’ fund and the reach of the ‘Just Because’ initiative.
67 Employees sent out to change lives
This year, as part of the Woolworths Trust’s 10th birthday, Woolworths wanted to make an even bigger difference on Mandela Day.
Last year, 67 Woolworths employees from across the country made a difference to 67 different communities by spending the whole day volunteering at a charity of their choice. This year Woolworths gave 67+10 colleagues the chance to do the same. Giving back more than 36 000 minutes and building lasting relationships.
Head Office employees also made a difference in the lives of 800 children by making sandwiches, food parcels and care packs for 10 children’s centres. Many colleagues in stores and distribution centres also reached out to their communities through special projects.
The Trust, in partnership with Food & Trees for Africa and the Department of Water and Environmental affairs, has also pledged to assist two schools for learners with disabilities in Kimberley and Limpopo to establish food gardens. Creating sustainable change beyond Mandela Day for Boitumelo Special School and Siloe School for the Blind.
MySchool and the Woolworths Trust will also be taking action by pledging to donate container libraries in partnership with Breadline to two disadvantaged and deserving EduPlant schools. The two converted container libraries, fully fitted with books, will be handed over to the schools in September.