Vodacom Change the World now gives all South Africans a platform to give

As we ring in the New Year, millions of people make resolutions to change

their lives for the better, hoping to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more

time with their families or make other life improvements. The season of

giving inspires many to resolve to help people around them and make the

world a better place.

Vodacom, via a newly launched web and mobi-site, can now help you carry the

spirit of goodwill and giving through the coming year. They have created a

place where you can find opportunities to donate your time and money to

non-profit organisations (NPOs) who need help. This online platform enables

the public to search for an NPO, read their basic profile, view what

projects and needs they have, contact them and SMS to a dedicated short code

to make a cash donation in a safe and easy way.

This initiative forms part of the Vodacom Change the World (CtW) programme,

a ground-breaking programme that enables volunteers to work for any NPO of

their choice for a year, at no cost to the volunteer and host organisation.

“The Vodacom Change the World initiative, now in its third successful year,

is unable to accommodate everyone who has applied to be a volunteer and we

have had to turn away hundreds of South Africans who wanted to make a

difference. Through our newly launched public participation platform,

Vodacom can provide everyone with an opportunity to participate and rally

behind their preferred NPO through volunteering time, goods or cash  ,” says

Maya Makanjee, chief officer corporate affairs at Vodacom.

Phase one will see the public participation platform comprising  the 20 NPOs

that have taken part in the Vodacom Change the World 2011 and 2012

programme. Phase two will see the list grow to 40 organisations in April.

Thereafter, the platform will be open to all NPOs to register themselves.

“Our vision is to eventually enable all South Africans to give to NPOs

through our mobile technology platforms, ensuring that 100% of the donations

reach the hundreds of credible NPOs that will benefit from the platform.”

Makanjee adds that Vodacom is excited about working in close partnership

with the Praekelt Foundation and Sunday Times to ensure that the programme

lives up to its full potential by helping to make a difference to those in

need.

Marcha Neethling from Praekelt Foundation says: “We were excited and

honoured when approached by Vodacom to partner with them on this campaign.

We have built a web solution that will provide much needed assistance for

the NPO sector. With more households in South Africa having cell phones than

computers, combining mobile web access and SMS donations substantially

increases the reach of this initiative; making it easier for all to get

involved.” Meanwhile, Sunday Times editor, Ray Hartley encourages the Sunday

Times readers to use the platform to help make a difference.

The Vodacom public participation platform will give all South Africans –

irrespective of which mobile network they belong to, the opportunity to

donate money through a direct fundraising channel by way of SMS donations.

Vodacom customers will be able to donate free of charge with all proceeds

going to their nominated NPO.

Vodacom customers can choose to donate any amount from R5 – R200 in

increments of R1 (total payments limited to R200 per month) by sending their

chosen NPOs keyword and an amount they wish to donate, to 30100. (Neither

Vodacom, the Vodacom Trust, nor any of our respective agents will deduct or

retain any portion of the donation Vodacom customers make using CtW, nor

receive any commission, interest, rebate or other profit on any donation.)

Other network subscribers can donate a fixed amount of R30 per SMS at a

premium rate by sending their NPO keyword to 42600. (Applicable fees are

paid to the WASP that facilitates the donation. 100% of what Vodacom

collects from other network operators will be donated to the relevant NPOs.)

For more information, go to w <http://www.vodacom.co.za/changetheworld>

ww.vodacom.co.za/ <http://www.vodacom.co.za/changetheworld> changetheworld

<http://www.vodacom.co.za/changetheworld>  or find us on

vodacom.mobi/changetheworld

 

SMS Numbers

Vodacom Customers – SMS 30100

Non-Vodacom Customers – SMS 42600

NPO Keywords

Organisation Name

Keywords

1000 Hills Community Helpers

CTW1

Algoa Bay Council for the Aged

CTW2

Association for People with Disabilities in Polokwane

CTW3

Committee for Crime Prevention in Kimberley

CTW4

East London Child and Youth Care Centre

CTW5

FAMSA Upington

CTW6

Free State Care in Action

CTW7

Free State Residential Care

CTW8

Ikamva la Bantu

CTW9

Jo’burg Child Welfare

CTW10

Ndlovu Care Group

CTW11

New Beginningz

CTW12

Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (Noah)

CTW13

Opkyk Pathways Therapy and Education Centre

CTW14

SANCA Lowveld

CTW15

Tizanani Children’s Home

CTW16

SPCA Sandton

CTW17

The Smile Foundation

CTW18

The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSIBA)

CTW19

Waterberg Welfare Society

CTW20

 

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