Mandela Month Campaign: New books to 67 classes

Non-profit organisation READ to RISE, launched have their Mandela Month Campaign to raise funds for 67 Grade 2 classes in Mitchells Plain (Cape Town).

During the month of July, funds will be raised for the organisation to visit 67 Grade 2 class in Mitchells Plain to conduct their classroom programme and give a brand new story book and pencil to 2,680 learners.

Mitchells Plain is a gang ridden communtity with 45 primary schools who are in great need for books and inspiration. Many children have sadly never owned a book before. READ to RISE conducts a fun, interactive classroom session with lessons, a story, discussion about the book and singing. “We hope to inspire children to read. Book ownership is an important step in igniting a child’s love for reading.” says Co-Founder and Programme Director Taryn Lock. “Children who love reading, will excel at school and go on to become constructive members of society.”

To date, READ to RISE has visited over 550 classes and given out over 40,000 new story books. Currently, they focus on children the foundational phase and have operations in Mitchells Plain (Cape Town) as well as Soweto (Johannesburg).

The aim of the online Thundafund campaign is to raise funds for these children in Mitchells Plain. For R50, we will ensure that a learner in Mitchells Plain will receive a brand new story book and pencil to take home. To contribute to this campaign, please visit

For more information about READ to RISE, please visit our website