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Oct 13, 2011
Category:General

At least one in 29 South African women get breast cancer. Are you at risk? Find out!!!

You have a higher risk of breast cancer if...

  • You are older than 50
  • You have a close family member with breast cancer
  • You have a personal history of cancer and have received treatment for it
  • Your breast tissue is very dense
  • You have never given birth or your first confinement was after the age of 35
  • You're using or have recently used birth control pills (oral contraceptives) for many years
  • You are post-menopausal and are using combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT) (combination of estrogen and progesterone)
  • You have two or more alcoholic drinks per day

 

You can reduce your risk for breast cancer by adopting a balanced lifestly and avoiding environmental carcinogens.

If breast cancer is detected early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival. Even if you feel healthy now, just being a women and getting older puts you at risk for breast cancer. Finding cancer early may save your life. Know how your breast normally look and feel!!!

Oct 10, 2011
Category:General

Johannesburg, 07 October 2011In recognition of their patron, the honourable Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s 80th birthday, The Giving Organisation Trust has announced the launch of its Donate 8 campaign with the aim of generating much needed income for its ten worthy charities.

The Donate 8 Campaign will run from Tuesday 8 November until Thursday 8 December 2011 and all contributions will be made in honour and celebration of Archbishop Tutu’s 80th year.

Archbishop Tutu invites every South African to donate R8 to The Giving Organisation Trust’s Donate 8 campaign. Corporates will also be asked to participate, but will be challenged to donate in denominations of eight i.e. R800 or R8 000 or R80 000 or R800 000. All monies raised will be distributed equally amongst the Trust’s ten charities.

“500 000 needy South Africans, many of them women and children, have been plunged into despair, as our country’s charities battle a funding crisis,” says Archbishop Tutu. “To increase funding and grow the NGO sector that fulfils critical social needs in South African communities, I ask all South Africans to open their purses to assist those less fortunate than themselves.”

To make a donation, SMS a birthday wish to Archbishop Tutu, to 38358. SMS costs R10. After VAT is deducted, R8-50 will be donated to The Giving Organisation Trust’s charities. Corporates making larger contributions can go to www.thegivingorganisation.org and click on the Donate 8 button.
Sep 28, 2011
Category:General

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA introduced two new characters to the world as part of its ongoing communications and fundraising efforts. Keemo and Thandi are soft toys who are helping to raise awareness of childhood cancer in an informal, child-friendly way.

“Our young patients need a companion, someone that they can identify with, share experiences with and use as a vehicle to communicate with each other and with their paediatric oncologist. We identified this need and realised that this could also be used as a valuable fundraising tool and thus Keemo and Thandi were born.” says CHOC CEO Francois Peenz.

Kemo is a 10 year-old survivor who, with the help of Thandi, his mother, has already become a friend to all the CHOC Children and a Brand Ambassador to the public at large. He’s even planning on attending parties and schools to show everyone what a fun guy he is.

 

Sep 16, 2011
Category:General

WWF is dedicating the second International Rhino Day, on 22nd September, to the brave men and women who devote their lives to defending rhinos. They are true heroes and we salute them.

South Africa’s rhinos are still facing a poaching onslaught, caused by the illegal rhino horn trade driven by demand from Asia. Rhino poaching is often carried out by well-armed, international criminal syndicates using sophisticated technology.  By the beginning of September, nearly 300 rhinos had already been killed by poachers in 2011.

Rhino security work on the ground is extremely important, and WWF supports this. But the courageous efforts of rhino heroes need to be backed up by work at other levels. This includes making sure that those guilty of rhino crimes do not walk free on technicalities, and that punishment is commensurate with the crime. In South Africa, officials have begun to conduct more rigorous prosecutions and impose stricter sentences. WWF has called for a corresponding commitment by countries in Asia where illegal demand for rhino horn is driving poachers.

What does WWF do to help rhinos?

WWF works with government and the National Prosecuting Authority to improve forensic investigation of rhino crime scenes and improve the knowledge and skills of the people who prosecute rhino crimes.  With TRAFFIC, WWF engages the Vietnamese and Chinese governments to address Asian demand for illegal rhino horn. We strengthen capacity-building through training of wildlife conservationists at the South African Wildlife College.

We fund security equipment and training of rangers at key rhino populations. Security is a critical part of rhino conservation but it is also essential to encourage rapid growth of rhino populations.  This is being done through the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project which creates significant new black rhino populations. So far six founder populations of black rhino have been released on to new sites. Nearly 100 black rhino have been translocated, and more than 30 calves have been born on project sites.

Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP)

More than a million rand was provided over the last year through WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project for rhino security on important rhino reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. This money was used for body armour, back packs, webbing, radios, binoculars, pepper sprays, motorcycles, light aircraft for aerial surveillance, camera traps, telemetry and radio equipment, crime scene investigation courses, and salaries for black rhino monitors.  We also paid for helicopter time for 16 veterinary interventions on black rhinos that had been snared.  All but one of these rhinos survived.

Rhino Day 2011: How can you help?

  • Promote Rhino Day on 22nd September.
  • Report anything suspicious to your local conservation authority.
  • Visit game reserves. Share your love for rhinos with people who don’t yet understand their plight.

 

Sep 5, 2011
Category:GeneralPRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

Johannesburg, 30 August 2011 – Payroll Giving through South Africa’s collaborative good cause organisation, The Giving Organisation Trust, has the potential to generate over R1 billion to help those in need. Purely if every earning South African gave R5 per month to be shared amongst the organisation’s ten member non-profit organisations in this easy way.

The Giving Organisation Trust has already signed up 93 companies for Payroll Giving and aims to sign up 200 companies by the end of this financial year. All funds raised are allocated equally amongst the ten charities through this donations mechanism, which was started in 2005 by The Giving Organisation Trust and its predecessor the SA Children’s Charity Trust.

The Payroll Giving donation platform is widely used in the United Kingdom and USA, where around 80% of companies contribute, however only around 10% of companies make use of the platform locally. “The platform provides companies with a basis to improve the Triple Bottom Line. It can improve compliance with JSE listing-requirements in terms of the “Social Responsibility Index” and fulfils a number of King II Reporting criteria,” said Chairman of The Giving Organisation Trust and member of The South African Red Cross Society, Kelvin Glen.

“Payroll Giving has the ability to revolutionise the way that charities operate in South Africa. A joint effort from companies will enable us to touch lives in every sphere of our country,”he said. “Voluntarily donating on a monthly basis will help provide treatment to those who are ill, alleviate poverty, make dreams come true, make a difference in the life of an animal and contribute to the sustainability of our environment.”

The Giving Organisation Trust, whose patrons are Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Her Serene Highness, Charlene Princess of Monaco has pioneered a new, collaborative fund raising and sharing approach that is shaping a sustainable financial model for a historically fragmented sector,” said Glen, emphasising that the organisation unites charities across its various focus areas.

The organisation’s Payroll Giving programme enables employees to donate from as little as R5 monthly, which is deducted voluntarily from their monthly salary and paid directly into The Giving OrganisationTrust Account. The funds within the Trust are then equally directed to ten of the country’s most renowned and reputable non-profit organisations on a monthly basis.

The Giving Organisation Trust’s member charities are the ACFS Community Education and Feeding Scheme, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC), Cotlands, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, The Hope/Ithemba Trust, National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), Reach for a Dream Foundation, South African Red Cross Society and the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF). While working together, they all remain focused on the visions and mission to which each charity subscribes.

To date, companies using Payroll Giving include Accenture, Arup, City Lodge, Ford, iBurst, MTN, Petro SA, Multichoice, SABS, Santam, Strate and Sun International. According to MTN South Africa Payroll Supervisor, Joyce Thobejane, “By signing up for Payroll Giving, we have afforded our staff the opportunity to make a difference to a charitable cause of their choice on an on-going basis. MTN has between 60 to 70% of our staff contributing between R5 to R1 000 on a monthly basis to this amazing programme.”

Companies have the option to either manage the administrative process in-house or nominate The Giving Organisation Trust to handle this function on its behalf. Reporting is delivered to participating companies to provide participating employees with feedback as to the difference being made through their charities of choice. “Every person’s contribution makes a substantial impact on more than one life,” concluded Glen.

To get involved in Payroll Giving, please visit www.payrollgiving.co.za or contact Riana Scheepers on +27 11 675 0650.

The Giving Organisation Trust (Reg nr IT 12425/061) is a registered Public Benefit Organisation and carries section 18(A) tax exemption status. Follow The Giving Organisation Trust on Facebook via www.facebook.com/thegivingorganisation or Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheGivingOrg.

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Aug 3, 2011
Category:General

South Africans know about HIV,  we are asking you to help us do something about HIV.

At the DTHF, we describe ourselves as an “action-research” organisation,  we have staff working on the medical research necessary to find bio-medical solutions to the HIV pandemic.  We also have projects engaging with the populations most affected by HIV.  It’s a tall order working on a number of different fronts in various locations in the townships of Cape Town.   What is important to us is the cooperation and support of the people who live in these communities and who access the health clinics in their neibourhoods.

Our clinics in the Nyanga area and Masiphumelele in the south peninsula, are linked closely to the public health care system.  We are able to provide what the health system lacks the resources to provide - counsellors, health-care workers, nursing staff, doctors – dedicated to the prevention of HIV, and the treatment and management of the disease in people living with HIV and HIV/TB.  We have established Community Advisory Boards, at our sites, both adult and youth – so the communities we serve can advise us of their needs and how we can respond effectively.

They have asked for more accessible facilities – we have provided a mobile unit, the Tutu Tester and more recently, the Tutu Treater.  They have asked for more opportunities for youth to find a way out of poverty and the links with HIV – we have provided a first class youth centre.

We have generous partners in Chevron, Truworths, Metropolitan Health Group, indefatiguable Rotarians, and many others…..   All South Africans are affected by HIV, directly or indirectly, become a partner with our Patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and DO something about HIV.   R100 will help keep our Tutu Tester on the road – more than 26,000 people have tested on the vehicle since 2008, testing is the first step in overcoming HIV.   Do it now.

Aug 2, 2011
Category:NEWS

Ontlametse, a big Hannah Montana Fan, arrived home on the day of her 12th birthday, to a huge “surprise!” A Hannah Montana themed birthday party, table cloth, cups, plates with a beautifully decorated Hannah Montana birthday cake, including a Hannah Montana room make-over with gift bags.

She opened her gift bags with much enthusiasm and loved them all. She had a huge smile on her face that didn't disappear for the rest of the afternoon. Ontlametse couldn't stop thanking us for her gifts and her party.

Her mother was glad to host us and even gave us lunch to show her gratitude to Reach for a Dream. The fact that we had a birthday party for Ontlametse was even more than they expected (the mom told us they couldn't afford one this year)

Jul 29, 2011
Category:NEWS

The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission recently took place in Jersey in the Channel Islands. Positive outcomes included the modernisation of the rules with increased transparency and funding being provided for small cetacean protection.

Unfortunately, pro-whaling countries staged a walk-out when the vote came up for a whale sanctuary in the Southern Atlantic thereby breaking the quorum and preventing a vote from taking place. Japan however agreed not to request a commercial whale hunt on its coast.

Good news from the Far East is that in a major victory for sharks, Taiwan's national fisheries agency decided to require sharks caught at sea to be landed "fins-naturally-attached" beginning next year. Under this policy, fishers will no longer be able to cut the fins off sharks at sea and dump the finless animals back into the ocean to die a slow death.

The policy of South Africa is that any sharks must be landed "entire" yet evidence suggests that the cruel practice of shark finning continues off our coasts and vessels come into South African ports laden with shark fins. This issue is ongoing.
Jul 27, 2011
Category:PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

Princess of Monaco joins Archbishop Tutu in becoming a patron of The Giving Organisation Trust

As financial cut-backs continue to impact the non-profit sector, South Africa’s most prominent charity initiative, The Giving Organisation Trust proves the power of Ubuntu. Collaborative fund raising and sharing is shaping a sustainable financial model for a historically fragmented sector – and gaining Royal support.

Cape Town, 8 July 2011 – Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco today announced her patronage of The Giving Organisation Trust, a collaborative South African good cause organisation. She will be co-patron with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who has served the organisation and its ten leading charities for four and a half years.

“Non-profit organisations have been hard hit as the global economic crisis has left a funding crisis that impacts hundreds of thousands needy South Africans,” said Her Serene Highness. To increase funding and grow the NGO sector that fulfils critical social needs in South African communities, The Giving Organisation Trust has united ten of South Africa’s worthy charities which are now working together to create sustainable sources of income.

The Giving Organisation’s member charities are the ACFS Community Education and Feeding Scheme, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC), Cotlands, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, The Hope/Ithemba Trust, National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), Reach for a Dream Foundation, South African Red Cross Society and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). While working together, they all remain focused on the visions and mission to which each charity subscribes.

Archbishop Tutu added that by coming together rather than competing for funds, Ubuntu is brought to life. Ubuntu, a renowned South African philosophy states, I am, because we are. I affirm my own humanity by recognising yours. When one is diminished we are all diminished. When one succeeds we all succeed.”

Her Serene Highness added, “The Giving Organisation Trust is making a profound difference to our beneficiaries, they are helping communities tackle difficult health and welfare issues that would otherwise be left to chance to solve.”

“Charlene’s commitment to The Giving Organisation Trust is warmly welcomed. She sets an important example for every South African. NGOs need to be supported so that they can perform crucial functions. Her support strengthens a win/win situation that provides charitable organisations with financial resources to sustain their work, while enabling the business community to expand corporate social responsibility reach,” concluded Tutu.

The Giving Organisation Trust has launched various initiatives in the past and will continue to do so in the future. To find out more on how to support The Giving Organisation Trust in your personal capacity or on a corporate level, visit www.thegivingorganisation.org.

The Giving Organisation Trust (Reg nr IT 12425/061) is a registered Public Benefit Organisation and carries section 18(A) tax exemption status. Follow The Giving Organisation Trust on Facebook via www.facebook.com/thegivingorganisation or Twitter at www.twitter.com/thegivingorg

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