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Paying It Forward On Mother’s Day

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

This Mother’s Day put a smile on another woman’s face by making a small donation or supporting one of the worthwhile causes below. If the recent pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the importance of reaching out to help one another, and that even small actions of kindness can have profound effects.

Help A Mom Help Her Kids

SweepSouth’s Make a Day, Change A Life campaign aims to raise funds for a different domestic worker’s special cause each month. Domestic workers are often single moms battling to make ends meet. Many can’t afford to do small, but necessary things for their children, like buy them stationery for school.

Who Benefits? This month’s beneficiary is widow Sylvia Thusi from Soweto, and funds raised will help buy school bags, uniforms, and stationery for her children. Last month, the public's generosity helped buy an electric wheelchair for a partially paralysed teen, Aphalele Rangula, 14, whose mother, Lindelwa, is a domestic worker from Gugulethu. See Make A Day, Change A Life for monthly updates.

How you can help: Make a donation, however big or small, to SweepSouth’s Make a Day, Change A Life campaign. See SweepSouth Foundation here for more information, or click here to donate.

Buy A Bracelet And Support A Worthy Cause

Relate is a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise that donates the majority of its bracelet sales revenue to credible causes and social upliftment initiatives.

Who Benefits? Relate’s bracelet makers range from the elderly to refugees and township youth, all of whom earn an income by beading the bracelets. Each bracelet is also aligned with a specific cause - some are specifically related to humans, such as literacy, malaria, and clean drinking water, while others support animals such as elephants, penguins, and pangolins, to name but a few. The Relate website features so many worthwhile causes; you’ll want to support them all!

How you can help: Buy a beautiful handmade Relate bracelet as a Mother’s Day gift at Relate's online shop.

Help A Mother In Need

Sign up for a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card - it doesn’t cost a cent. Swipe the card when you shop at Woolworths, Builders, Engen,, Bidvest Waltons, and more, and a portion of your spend will go to a beneficiary of your choice (you can choose up to three).

Who Benefits? The programme has an impressive list of beneficiaries, from those that support schools to organisations that care for people, animals, and the environment. If you’d like to spread some Mother’s Day love and do something for a mother who is less fortunate, Bethany Home and Life Choices both help mothers in need.

How you can help: Sign up on their website and select your beneficiaries. Then swipe your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card when you shop, and you’ll be making a difference without having to spend an extra cent.

Help A Brand New Mom

Believing that no mother should deliver a baby without having the basic baby essentials for herself and her baby during the first few weeks of her newborn’s life, The Grace Factory is an NPO that aims to give dignity to needy new moms during this vulnerable time in their lives.

Who Benefits? The Grace Factory has helped over 16 000 anxious new mothers and babies and assisted over 110 children’s homes by providing them with essentials such as clothing, toiletries, and nappies. Their maternity packs are distributed through government hospitals, clinics, social workers, and other community partners.

How you can help: Donate new or gently used baby clothes, vests, socks, and blankets, or use your crafting skills to knit, crochet, or sew baby beanies, jerseys, booties, or blankets. Blankets may also be cut from fleece blankets. Drop items off at these collection points in SA.

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