Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
9 minute read
20 Mar 2020
8:40 am

How reading books give rural children a fighting chance

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Seeing over a thousand underprivileged children turn out in their school uniforms on a Saturday to celebrate the arrival of a shipment of reading books is enough to give anybody newfound faith in humanity.

A proud little learner reads from one of the charity drive’s books.

Donating to a good cause is easy, whether it’s the extra R2 you pay when ordering your chicken burger to contribute to a meal for a hungry child or send a R10 SMS to help buy a homeless person a blanket for the winter. As honourable as these deeds may seem, they are sterile. The donor parts with a few crumbs he or she won’t miss on the promise of a worthy cause which in turn enables them to sleep better that night. It requires no physical effort, doesn’t need any emotional investment and sure as hell excludes any contact...