Mandela Foundation raises money for sanitary towels
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has partnered with Vodacom Foundation to raise funds for sanitary towels for girls.
In a bid to respond to the challenge of access to sanitary towels at schools‚ Vodacom together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Wednesday launched the Caring for Girls 94.7 Mountain Bike Challenge scheduled to take place at Commercial Park‚ Riversands in Fourways on Sunday.
The challenge is a drive by Vodacom employees to ride for a good cause‚ which seeks to collect sanitary napkins for underprivileged girls in order for them not to miss out on school.
As part of the sanitary drive‚ members of the public can drop off sanitary napkins at Vodacom offices and the Nelson Mandela Foundation from Wednesday October 19 till November 11‚ 2016.
It is estimated that some girls from marginalised backgrounds miss up to 50 school days per annum because of the menstrual cycle and lack of access to sanitary napkins.
The 50 Vodacom employees will be wearing Caring for Girls cycling gear during the race in order to help create awareness for the cause.
Vodacom Foundation has also opened an SMS donation line in order to help with raising funds for the cause. The SMS donation line will be opened to all customers and every rider has their own SMS number. Customers will be able to donate R30 by sending an SMS to 42513.
“The purpose of our work through the Vodacom Foundation is to Connect for Good‚ and we do this through our programmes in education‚ health and security. We use technology to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people of our country‚ and in the process help improve the quality of life of ordinary people.
“However‚ we also know that volunteering by our employees plays a significant role in making a difference in community upliftment. We often hear many people say they want to give back to society‚ but don’t know where to start. Vodacom recognised this gap‚ and facilitated this process by creating programmes‚ which provide opportunities for volunteers to partner with non-profit organisations (NPOs).” Chief Executive for Vodacom Corporate Affairs‚ Takalani Netshitenzhe‚ said.
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