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Mr South Africa 2014, Armand Du Plessis, donates 395 DeskBags to learners in Soweto

Mr South Africa 2014 and DeskBags ambassador, Armand du Plessis, donated 395 DeskBags to learners at Giyani Primary School in Diepkloof, Soweto, this morning. Having chosen DeskBags as his social responsibility project during his reign as Mr SA, DeskBags gave him these bags, valued at almost R60,000, as part of his prize package when he won the title in January.

A DeskBag is a hybrid satchel that acts as a fully functional school bag that folds open into a portable desk.

“Making DeskBags my charity of choice was a no brainer for me, and seeing the joy through the smiles and eyes of these young learners’ today was confirmation of this,” says Armand Du Plessis, Mr South Africa 2015.

According to minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, over 3.1 million school children in South Africa do not have the privilege of working from a desk. Often this means that children have to crouch over on their hands and knees to use the floor as a writing surface. It further hinders their ability to learn, leads to bad handwriting, poor eyesight, unconventional posture, as well as chronic back and neck ache.

“DeskBags is an innovative and viable alternative solution to this challenge. I am honoured to be able to shine a spotlight on a worthy cause which makes a significant difference in uplifting educational standards in South Africa.

“But the team at DeskBags cannot do this alone. I therefore urge corporate South Africa to come on board as sponsors to help us tackle this problem. It is only through your support that DeskBags can be deployed to poverty-stricken areas free of charge to help make a difference to the lives of needy learners,” says Du Plessis.

Aside from being made from 100% recyclable billboard materials, DeskBags are school bags that provide a portable desk solution for learners to use at school and at home. The front flap of the bag is reinforced with durable ABS plastic, that when folded open, allows for instant desk support. The light weight school bag also allows plenty of space for learners to carry all their books and stationery whether they are in pre-primary school or matric. Furthermore, DeskBags also come with reflective binding that allow children to be easily spotted when walking in the rain or dark.

“We are fortunate to have an ambassador as dedicated as Armand. His work in raising awareness for the 3 million plus deskless children goes a long way towards fulfilling our larger commitment to help ease the educational struggles of South African pupils who do not have access to school desks. Your company’s involvement will assist us in easing the educational burden felt by so many children every day, and will help us shape productive future leaders for our country,” concludes Shannon Roscher, co-founder, DeskBags.

Issued by: Shannon Roscher / PR Worx / shannon@deskbags.co.za /  011 896 1818


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DeskBags
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DeskBags provide a portable desk solution for learners, which means no more working on the floor. As DeskBags are made from the vinyl of recycled billboards, it is so robust that if looked after well, can last a whole school career. The front flap of the bag is reinforced with durable ABS plastic, that when folded open, allows for instant desk support for use at school or at home. The school bag also allows plenty of space for learners to carry all their books and stationery regardless of what grade they are in. The bags are waterproof, reflective, and light enough for pre-primary scholars to use.

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J9 Foundation
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The J9 Foundation aims to educate the general public about Motor Neuron Disease and its devastating effects on both the patient and their families. The J9 logo is a symbol of the very willingness to strive forward and never give in. No matter how far or how high life´s challenges are. To fight to the end, to show true courage and valour. This is Joosts Legacy to South Africa and the world, to everyone who watched him carry that number and those words on his back and in his heart.Let us all be a “J9″ and carry the legacy through the support of Joost’s J9 Foundation for Motor Neuron Disease sufferers. Let us carry the symbol of a true legend in our hearts and make a difference in the lives of those who need us most.

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Cradle Of Hope House Of Restoration
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It is only by grace that we are able to give a little. “We offer help and hope, regardless of race or religion, offering a HAND-UP and not a HAND-OUT – Because we care!!!” We run skills development programmes for the ladies staying in the HOUSE OF RESTORATION, and those who visit us during the day. This includes the teaching of crafts and cooking skills. We sell the items that are made by the ladies. This is a means of income for the ladies themselves, in line with our vision, as well as a way to generate funds for The Cradle of Hope. Products include: Rusks, crunchies, biscuits, mosaic items, jewellery, knitting and needlework items, etc. These products change over time.

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The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children
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TTBC is a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring abused children are protected and rehabilitated. They provide therapy, counselling, assistance, love, comfort, safety and ongoing support to children who have been abused. The Teddy Bear Clinic does not only work with children, but with parents and communities as well, empowering them with knowledge and skills so that we can all help put an end to child abuse. They also proactively approach schools to provide education to learners and training to teachers in order to prevent any abuse that may happen in their day-to-day lives. This is a cause very close to my heart, as I wrote my dissertation in Child Law and dealt with various causes, not only throughout the writing of my thesis but also throughout my studies.