MySchool and Better SA launch Cape Town volunteer bus
You’ve asked for it Cape Town and it’s finally here, the ‘Uber of volunteering’ has arrived in the Mother City. MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and Better SA is an initiative that aims to boost volunteerism across Cape Town communities with an innovative hop-on hop-off mini-bus service and meaningful volunteer experiences. They provide the transport and resources, all you have to do is show up.
I recently partook in this amazing initiative with a group of bloggers and influences from Cape Town. We met at Mupine Golf Club in Pinelands, one of the pickup points for the Better SA initiative and was transported to Siyazingisa Primary School in Gugulethu. The task of the day was helping to fix the school’s library. After a warm welcome at the school, we put on our gloves and started working! Each of us had different tasks from painting to sorting out the books in different categories. It felt great, being part of an initiative that allows us to build up and give back to our community. The 3 hours of volunteering flew by and at the end; we helped create a beautiful space where young learners will enrich their minds.
I particularly love this initiative because they’ve made it easy and convenient to give back. Perhaps you are longing to give back but don’t know where to start or which organisation to go to? Better SA takes all the hassle out of volunteering in Cape Town. All you have to do is book a spot on the bus and arrive at the bus hub. The service is free of charge and co-ordinated from start to finish so that volunteers can make the most impact in the time they have available. Each experience starts with an exact briefing at the bus hub that provides detailed information on the organization and the community you will visit. All resources needed to complete the volunteer activity are provided. Volunteer activities range from playing educational games with children to visiting the elderly; participating in community clean-ups to painting facilities; teaching computer skills to typing up CV’s. New beneficiary organisations and volunteer opportunities are added to the Better SA event calendar on a regular basis to encourage people to become serial volunteers. The volunteer opportunities offered are specifically at organisations that are also MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet beneficiaries nominated by supporters. These include The Lucky Lucy Foundation, Soil for Life, ABC for Life, The Anna Foundation, SOS Children’s Village and many more.
“We’re delighted to build on the success of the MySchool sponsored bus in Johannesburg, by helping Better SA bring volunteer bus service to Cape Town,” says Helene Brand, MySchool Marketing and CSI Manager. “This gives our Mother City supporters wonderful opportunities to give hands-on support to the causes that matter most to them in Cape Town communities. Instead of just having their cards scanned at till-points, they can now enjoy spending their time and sharing their knowledge with children and individuals in very needy communities.”
How does the Cape Town Better SA bus work?
Anyone wanting to volunteer can log on to www.bettersa.org, review the upcoming calendar of Cape Town events and then complete the booking form for the event that most appeals to them. The only other action they need to take is to arrive at the bus hub and hop on the bus.
The Hop on Hop off volunteer bus service runs every Wednesday (from 1pm to 4pm) and Saturday (from 9am to 12pm) from the Better SA hub at:
– Mupine Golf Club, Forest Drive Extension, Pinelands
– Old Mutual, Sports Field, Jan Smuts Drive, Pinelands
“We’ve had lots of requests from Capetonians to ‘bring the bus to Cape Town’ and are delighted to finally launch the Cape Town MySchool Better SA bus service,” comments Roberta Donovan, founder of Better SA, “Many people would like to give their time and expertise to improving lives but volunteering in South Africa can seem challenging. By eliminating the barriers to volunteering, and making the experience easy and fulfilling, we aim to boost volunteerism in the country because it is an incredible way to make a difference.”
Better SA is also a beneficiary of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme and your support of their organisation can help them to expand their Hop on Hop off service to other parts of the country. Go to http://www.myschool.co.za/ to apply for your free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card, and select Better SA as your beneficiary. Every time you swipe your card at Woolworths, Engen, Loot.co.za or any other partner store, the participating retailers will donate a percentage of your purchase value, on your behalf; to the beneficiaries you have chosen to support – all at absolutely no cost to you!
I’d love to encourage you to get involved in this amazing initiative. We can make a difference in our communities by volunteering and giving back.
Love and light,
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post (cover image not my own).