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The Rally to Read is only possible thanks to the continued support of our dedicated corporate sponsors and individual donors.

We rely on the sponsorship of socially responsible companies and individuals to achieve our literacy goals. Why not pay it forward and become a sponsor, today? Sponsors are invited to join us on the Rally Weekend of their choice, when we visit remote schools to deliver resources and meet the teachers, children and communities we are supporting.

Join us: and become a sponsor today!

Corporate sponsorships

Corporate sponsorships cost R36 000. 100% of your contribution goes to supporting our work at the schools. Our generous Host Partners cover the costs of the Rally to Read Weekends. This means that all sponsorships and donations received, are utilised on our intervention at the schools and our participants pay nothing towards the Rally Weekend costs. 

In addition to our sponsors accompanying us on our unforgettable ‘trek’ out to deliver resources to schools in remote rural areas; Section 18A certificates are given to all sponsors, ensuring that paying it forward, does pay!

Cash donations also qualify for a tax deduction and will receive a Section 18A certificate. 

All sponsorships and donations made to the Rally to Read qualify as Social Economic Development assistance and will benefit 100% black beneficiaries, as defined by the BEE Codes of Good Practice. Supporting documentation will be issued to donors.

Individual sponsorships

Individual sponsorships R18 000. 100% of your contribution goes to supporting our work at the schools. Our generous Host Partners cover the costs of the Rally to Read Weekends. This means that all sponsorships and donations received, are utilised on our intervention at the schools and our participants pay nothing towards the Rally Weekend costs. 

In addition to our sponsors accompanying us on our unforgettable ‘trek’ out to deliver resources to schools in remote rural areas; Section 18A certificates are given to all sponsors, ensuring that paying it forward, does pay!

Cash donations also qualify for a tax deduction and will receive a Section 18A certificate. 

All sponsorships and donations made to the Rally to Read qualify as Social Economic Development assistance and will benefit 100% black beneficiaries, as defined by the BEE Codes of Good Practice. Supporting documentation will be issued to donors.

The “Rally Experience”

Rally Sponsorships not only provides support to our rural schools but can also be a very rewarding experience for our participants. 

Sponsorships provide a ‘Rally Experience’, the provision of resources, box libraries, teacher support, as well as a contribution towards feeding learners on the Rally Day. Funds are paid to the READ Educational Trust, and all contributors are issued with a relevant tax certificate.

Corporate Sponsors are invited to select up to four representatives to participate in the ‘Rally Experience’, whilst Individual Sponsors may bring up to two participants. 

After loading the educational material earmarked for the schools, sponsors depart from major cities, at dawn on the Saturday morning. They spend the Saturday travelling in convoys to visit schools, hand over the materials and meet the teachers, learners, and parents. This experience provides the opportunity for increased understanding of, and insight into the rural context. Depending on the distance to be covered, some Rally Experiences may start on the Friday afternoon.

The Saturday evening is spent in local accommodation, where the experiences of the day are shared by participants over a relaxing dinner. On Sunday, participants have the opportunity to explore the local area before heading home.

Rally to Read returns to the same set of schools for three consecutive years to observe progress and to develop relationships with each school.

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The Rally to Read beneficiary stories

Turning high hopes into reality with Rally to READ

Her voice quivered occasionally, and she kept glancing at her mother for reassurance, but Sonique van Wyk couldn’t disguise her pride as she told the audience about her accomplishments. And what wasn’t there to be proud about? Through her own hard work and the generosity of others, Sonique’s life has been transformed. Once a pupil at an under-resourced Western Cape farm school, with little hope of a comprehensive education, today she is a leading pupil at a respected high school, with dreams of university and a successful future.

Sonique with Tille and Brand Pretorius, Rally to READ founding members. Sonique’s audience was a room full of Rally to READ sponsors at the last event of 2018, in the Western Cape. They had gathered for dinner to share their experiences of the day when they had met children, parents and community members at 12 farm schools, delivered portable classroom libraries and provided teacher training resources.

Sonique was proof that what the Rally to READ team were doing, really worked. Rally To READ has been active in the Western Cape for 20 years. For three of those years, one of the schools supported was Jurie Hayes Primary, a rural school near the Langebaanweg Air Force Base. The school has subsequently blossomed thanks to mentoring and support from Rally to READ. Sonique was a star pupil, winning academic and cultural awards. She was also a learner representative on the school governing body. Her family couldn’t afford to send her to Hopefield High School, a leading school in the area, particularly after her mother was retrenched. Hopefield High School stands head and shoulders above the rest of the secondary schools in the area. It regularly boasts a 100% matric pass rate and last year 79% of learners achieved university exemption.

Rally to READ spotted this shining star’s potential and facilitated Sonique’s ambitions by awarding her a full bursary to attend Hopefield High School. The bursary was funded through the legacy left by Rally to READ’s founding members, Brand and Tillie Pretorius, nearly three decades ago. It covers Sonique’s school fees, stationery and book requirements, school uniform and transport.

Now in grade 10, Sonique is an all-rounder, singing in the choir, playing netball and winning top honours in English and Afrikaans at the regional Eisteddfod. Sonique’s family is bowled over by Rally to READ’s positive effect on her life, and they’re confident she will continue to thrive.

Academic excellence shoots up from rural roots with Rally to Read

The name Lucia Shungube is a name that stands out in Rally to Read history. As principal of Mbuzini Primary School in a remote area of Mpumalanga, Mrs Shungube jumped at the chance of being involved in the Rally to Read Project in 2014. She eagerly accepted every opportunity to attend the training on offer, and her staff members and the learners caught her vision.

Mbuzini Primary School reaped the rewards, with remarkable achievements in reading and speech competitions, and their principal’s efforts did not go unnoticed. It came as no surprise to us that this ‘beacon of literacy’ achieved first place at district level and provincial levels in the 2015 National Teachers’ Awards.

Mrs Shungube was subsequently featured in an SABC2 show entitled ‘The Mother of all Professions’ and her little school had its time to shine on national television. When asked what the secret of her school’s academic success was, she didn’t hesitate to mention one of our dedicated Rally to Read trainers, Mrs Ellen Dlamini, along with the Rally to Read donors and programme hosts.

Stories like these keep us doing what we do. Knowing that Rally to Read makes a real difference in the lives of those who need it most, is our heartbeat.

The sun always shines on the Sonique side of life!

Last year, Rally to READ featured the feel-good story of Sonique; a pupil from an under-resourced Western Cape farm school, who received a full bursary to attend a top high school, facilitated by Rally to READ. It all came about through Rally to READ’s 3-year association with Jurie Hayes Primary School, which subsequently blossomed thanks to mentoring and resources received. The Team couldn’t help but notice star performer Sonique, who consistently won cultural and academic awards. After the pupil’s mom was retrenched, all hopes of Sonique attending the well-known Hopefield High School were dashed. Through Rally to READ Sonique’s dream became reality when she was awarded a full bursary to attend Hopefield. This bursary covers school fees, stationery, book requirements, uniform and transport.

The story doesn’t end there! Sonique’s performance has caught the eye of the Inhlakanipho Education & Development Trust(IEDT). After her mom completed an IEDT bursary application form, the Rally to READ team forwarded all Sonique’s reports, a testimonial from Hopefield’s principal, and a letter of recommendation. Subsequently Sonique and her mom attended an hour-long interview, and a week later we heard the great news: Sonique was awarded a bursary which will cover various fees including her hostel accommodation and a mentor where needed. She will also be invited to attend an annual IEDT Leadership Camp in Johannesburg.

The IEDT connection is greatly treasured as there are future opportunities for university sponsorships. Another huge benefit for our young go-getter is an agreement between IEDT and Old Mutual’s Imfundo Trust: if Sonique continues to perform at such a high level, she could become eligible for an Imfundo Tertiary Education Scholarship to cover the cost of Tuition and Accommodation at a South African university of her choice!

Now in Grade 11, Sonique continues to shine at Hopefield High. She has taken to hostel life like a fish to water. Being on school grounds all week makes it far easier for Sonique to participate in sporting, academic and cultural activities. She travels home by bus to see her family on weekends.

As Sonique’s light shines, so Rally to Read’s legacy shines on.

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