The 30th of November #GivingTuesday marks a global day of unity and giving to causes that are close to our hearts. SCOUTS South Africa’s ‘Friends of Scouting’ programme recognises all people and companies that donate and change the lives of the children and youth we serve, albeit once-off or on a monthly basis.
The donations of our friends have allowed us here at SCOUTS South Africa to continue to serve our communities, our volunteers and our youth. Throughout the lockdowns, fears and insecurities, children aged 5 – 17 were able to continue to build their confidence, leadership abilities and skills whilst learning to adapt and think out of the box to grow, complete their advancement programmes and actively contribute towards achieving the sustainable development goals.
Our youth became advocates for factual information around Covid, provided essential services, and rallied to collect food and clothing for disadvantaged households. Children were encouraged to explore their local neighbourhoods, parks and beaches whilst getting some physical activity. They cleaned up beaches, parks and neighbourhoods, thus contributing to the mitigation of climate change.
No matter the lockdown level, Scouting has continued to prepare young people to navigate any challenge that comes their way and to come out stronger, more confident and with new abilities.
As with many charitable organisations around the world, the volatility of the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a decline in financial support. Families and companies who joined the Friends of Scouting programme and were regular contributors have struggled to continue. As Scouts we learn how to manage and overcome adversity, how to be resilient and focus on the impact we have on our world.
Today on #GivingTuesday we ask you to think about the impact you can make on the lives of children, youth and your community by joining our Friends of Scouting programme for as little as R100 per month.
Give a child the chance to thrive and have an impact on their world.
Join SCOUTS South Africa’s Friends of Scouting programme this #GivingTuesday. Find out more here: https://www.scouts.org.za/about-us/friends-of-scouting/