rally to read
SA companies band together for rural education
It takes something special to make fierce market competitors forget their rivalry for a weekend and engage in a common purpose
What do Mercedes-Benz, OneLogix/United Bulk, Momentum, Bidvest, Old Mutual, Porsche, Toyota, Shell and the SABC have in common? They are all committed to child education, and they all use Rally to Read to achieve their goals. They are just the tip of the iceberg. Since Rally to Read started 20 years ago, hundreds of SA companies have supported its aim to improve rural education. In 2018, nearly 30 firms have so far signed up to take part. But there’s room for more. Our KwaZulu-Natal rally is full and the Eastern Cape one is close to capacity, but those for the Free State and the Western Cape still have vacancies for our weekends away. What do we mean by "vacancies"? Rally to Read, in which the FM is a partner, involves sponsors every step of the way. A R35,000 sponsorship buys two portable classroom libraries for a remote underprivileged school and pays for a year of teacher training by SA’s leading education NGO, the Read Educational Trust. If you want a definition of underprivileg...