COVID-19 is hurting literacy where it’s needed most

The economic chaos resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has left non-profit organisations like the Rally to Read, reeling. Rally to Read has worked tirelessly for the last 23 years to promote literacy at grassroots level in remote rural schools across South Africa. Over 1 000 schools have been reached through the programme, which involves visiting selected Rally schools to deliver books, teaching aids, educational equipment and more. In conjunction with this, the Rally also provides teacher training, classroom support, and mentoring over a three-year period.

Rally to Read doesn’t have enough funds to complete the 2020 programme

The year started off on an excellent note, with one of six rallies successfully held in Mpumalanga in March. Then the year fell apart, lockdown was implemented and imminent Rallies were cancelled. With corporate and private donors feeling the pinch, Rally to Read was in a dilemma – they might not be able to raise enough funds to complete the 2020 Rally programme.

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Angels to the rescue: The Jonsson Foundation steps in

The Jonsson Foundation, Rally to Read’s lead partner, has promised to match all new 2020 sponsorships, RAND FOR RAND, up to a total of R500 000!  Jonsson’s pay-it-forward gesture can potentially make a huge dent in Rally to Read’s 2020 target.

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How you can help

Help promote literacy in South Africa and make a donation, no matter how small. Know that every cent you give, will be matched by The Jonsson Foundation.

For more information, please visit and pledge your support by clicking on the donate button! Alternatively, please email  to connect with the Rally to Read team.  

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