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Step in to help school underprivileged South Africans

Wednesday, 18th January 2012  I  For immediate release

The Salvation Army is asking South Africans to utilise its SMS service so as to help the children who cannot afford to attend school this year, due to poverty and the high costs of uniforms and books.

This plea is influenced by recent studies confirming that millions of South African children live in dire poverty.

“We are appealing to all South Africans to take up the responsibility to assist in making this country a better place, particularly for children and other vulnerable members of our society,” said Major Carin Holmes, The Salvation Army’s Public Relations Secretary.

In addition, the donations will assist the Salvation Army in providing the many children they look after in their homes throughout the country, with uniforms, stationery and school fees.

Having always been there for individuals, families and communities at their time of need and crisis, The Salvation Army came up with the SMS service.

By SMSing the keyword SCHOOL to 42290, members of the community can readily contribute R30 which will go towards the much needed assistance provided by the organisation to the schools, homes and impoverished communities it operates in around South Africa.

“One of our objectives has always been to keep encouraging South Africans to recognise the need to promote efforts to eradicate poverty and promote the social and spiritual well-being of community members and especially the children,” Major Holmes added.

In addition to the SMS service, financial donations can still be made by depositing contributions directly in the following account:

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal,

First National Bank, Braamfontein branch (251905),

Account number 50540087604.

Deposit slips should be faxed to 011-718-6796.

Those wishing to donate in kind can contact The Salvation Army on 011 718 6746.

For the people who cannot utilise The Salvation Army SMS service, Major Holmes suggested that they show kindness by donating school uniforms, school fees and essential stationery such as crayons, pens, pencils and books. These can be dropped-off at any of The Salvation Army institutions around South Africa.

The work of the Salvation Army includes homes for babies and children with HIV/Aids, pre-schools, shelters for the homeless, emergency services, feeding schemes, centres for abused women and children, prevention of human trafficking, the protection of the victims and the lawful prosecution of the perpetrators.


The Salvation Army is an international movement and evangelical part of the universal Christian Church and has a professional record in rehabilitating and accommodating trafficking trade victims and addressing social injustice in a systematic, measured, proactive and Christian manner through its International Social Justice Commission.


Media Contact: Ulwazi Mgwadleka
Tel: 011-487-0026
Cell: 083-998-8380
E-mail: click here to email Ulwazi Mgwadleka
Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
Public Relations Secretary
Tel: 011-718-6745
E-mail: click here to email Carin Holmes