Rally to Read – Doculam has been a participating sponsor every year since 2003 and continues to support this worthy cause.
Doculam was proud to support the Western Cape Rally to Read 2012 Weekend Programme
The Western Cape chapter started in the Ceres Valley on the 5th and 6th of May this year. Visits
were made to schools in the Warm Bokkeveld – to the west of Ceres – and in the Koue Bokkeveld
– north of Prince Alfred Hamlet. Books and other materials were delivered for all grades and
presented to each school. There was a symbolic signing of the contracts between the school and
the project and a short tour was given to all of the visitors.
The Rally will work in support of these 14 schools for 3 consecutive years: 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In 2018, the schools will be revisited, for a 4th year of support, to help add further momentum to
the school’s efforts towards excellence.
The birth of the Rally
The Rally to Read was launched in 1998 when the HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council),
approached McCarthy to lend them a 4×4. Such a vehicle was required by the HSRC to reach some
of the most remote rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal as part of a study of school resources.
Upon their return the researchers shared with McCarthy the schools’ desperate lack of educational
resource and one of the most successful rural educational initiatives in the country was born.
The early years
R180 000 was raised in the first year and 80 sponsors and volunteers in 4x4s delivered books to
the schools in the Nkandla district. Teachers at these schools were also provided with a two-year
development programme, run by the READ Educational Trust.
What was to be a once-off expedition quickly became a national project. The Financial Mail became
a co-organiser of Rally to Read and sponsorship from South Africa’s business community was raised.
Since inception, over R31-million has been spent on improving the quality of education at 554
remote, rural schools.
Doculam is still a proud supporter of this charity and circulate the champters amongst our staff around the country so that they can all have a turn to experience the wonderful thrill of giving books to disadvantaged communities. Each experience is priceless and leaves you with a lump in your throat and an appreciation for all your blessings in life. This year, 2015 we will support the Western Cape chapter.
Visit Rally to read website and become a sponsor …. www.rallytoread.co.za
Other sponsored charities
Girls and Boys Town
The name Girls and Boys Town is synonymous with the peer-group system of self-government – a unique concept where youngsters are significantly involved in decision-making concerning their own affairs.
Under the guidance of adults, the kids actually govern themselves, electing their Mayor, Councillors and Managers who make the rules and see that they are kept. This capitalises on the teenage desire to be admired and respected by their peers, forges great leadership skills and instills responsibility and values for life.
Visit Girls and Boys town … http://www.girlsandboystown.org.za
TAFTA (The Association for the Aged)
TAFTA is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 002093) dedicated to the alleviation of distress and the promotion of the welfare and happiness of aged person living in the Durban area. …
Visit TFTA On: http://www.tafta.org.za