Rally to Read is turning 20 — and its proud parents are celebrating with it. Co-founders Brand Pretorius and Pam Richardson head a new management team for the rural education programme which has brought literacy to hundreds of thousands of children in remote primary schools since 1998. Also in the team, created following Bidvest’s decision to withdraw its management support after five years, are former Rally to Read organiser Iris Cupido and Patrick Pols, whose transport company, OneLogix, has hosted the Free State rally for nearly 20 years. The Financial Mail, which was an organising partner from 1999 to 2012, is back as well. Rally to Read provides educational materials and teacher training to remote schools that are overlooked in stretched provincial education budgets. In many of these schools things others take for granted — like books, pens and desks — are absent. Without the necessary tools, teachers are helpless and children are condemned to lifelong illiteracy and, probably,...

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