National Tekkie Tax Day is part of the South African calendar for three years already and this year we celebrate it on Friday 27 May.
This campaign gives you the opportunity to show with your feet where your heart lies. Choose your sticker for a cause close to your heart, spunk up your tekkies with a funky pair of Tekkie Tag shoelaces and you are ready for National Tekkie Tax Day!
The campaign was started in 2013 when a few of South Africa’s biggest and most accountable welfare organisations joined forces. Marieta Kemp, Director Social Services from the SAVF says, “The large number of welfare organisations involved helps us to keep the costs structure low and this ensure that the maximum of donations can be used by us to deliver our services on grass roots level.”
There are 11 National Beneficiaries and they represent more than 1 000 local non-profit organisations.
- Epilepsy SA
- Child Welfare SA
- SOS Children’s Villages
- CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation)
- Special Olympics SA
- Imisebeyelanga Services
- Meals on Wheels
- NG Welsyn
Tekkie Tax raised more than R13,7 million and the impact on ground level is remarkable. Gary Westwood, Director of Epilepsy SA in the Free State & North West province says, “We used our Tekkie Tax donations in serving persons with epilepsy and other disabilities in our residential care facilities.”
Imisebeyelanga Services used their Tekkie Tax donations to purchase tables and chairs for some of their Early Childhood Development centres. Samaritan’s Feet SA bought shoes for the needy. The list is long and these are only a few examples of how the donations were utilised in the past.
There is really no excuse to not participate in this year’s campaign. The shoelaces (R35 per packet) (paid for and then ordered) and the stickers (R10 each) are available from South Coast Hospice Association. There are also more than 200 participating non-profit organisations selling these items and together they aim to convince every South African to be part of the fun.
Walk the extra mile for a welfare organisation close to your heart by wearing your sticker of choice on Friday, 27 May and spunk up your tekkies with a pair of their funky Tekkie Tag shoelaces.
Annelise de Jager, Patron of the campaign says: “People differ and we are touched by different needs. I like the idea that you can choose where you want your donation to end up. Now there is an opportunity for somebody that wants to support animals as well as a person who prefer to give to older people.”
There is no excuse – put your best foot forward and support National Tekkie Tax Day on Friday, 27 May 2016.