Clicks Helping Hand Trust… feel good touching lives
We aim to make a real difference to the health and wellness of disadvantaged South African children and families, boosting basic and preventative primary services to secure meaningful change in their everyday lives. The Clicks Helping Hand Trust is about so much more than only ticking Corporate Social Investment boxes, and we urge you to get involved too. With your help, we can do so much more.
We commit to help build a healthy, proactive nation by providing the following high-quality health and wellness interventions:
- Expanded access to comprehensive healthcare, alleviating the burden on state facilities.
- Partnerships with the state and other private sector entities to conduct preventative testing and immunisation.
- Projects to address poverty-related health barriers to learning, keeping girls in school.
- Public education efforts that impact positively on health and well-being, boosting the healthy lifestyle choices.
In September 2017 we celebrate our 6th birthday, with a very different Clicks Helping Hand Trust than we first envisaged we established the fund in 2011. Top of mind then was our effort to help address World Millennium Goal No 4 – infant mortality rates in South Africa. The programme began as a pilot in 16 Clicks stores, providing state sector mothers with alternative healthcare for their new babies. That initiative grew quickly to 75 clinics throughout South Africa, and in 2014 our HIV programme was launched. Today, more than 180 clinics nationally offer free services every week to disadvantaged South Africa, via the Mom & Baby Programme, and our new Healthy Lifestyles Programme which is helping raise the profile of non-communicable diseases, and how to avoid them. Our flagship community effort is our Girls on the Go programme, launched to help addres the issue of girls missing school during their menstrual cycles. Our statistics point to the growing success of our efforts, and we are proud to report that we have, to date, touched the lives of MORE THAN 125 000 South Africans.
Free Baby Wellness and Family Planning Services: When: Every Thursday from 1 to 5pm. Where: Clicks clinics nationwide. This service, aimed at mothers whose babies were born at state clinics, and do not have medical aid, offers baby weighing and growth monitoring, feeding and nutritional advice, as well as family planning advice and medication (at selected clinics, where state stock is available).
Girls on the Go Sanitary School Programme
While most of the funds we raise are spent in Clicks clinics, we could not ignore the dire need in communities for sanitary products for girls who would otherwise stay out of school during their menstrual cycles. We have encouraged a large number of companies to come on board, collecting sanitary products for distribution in the most needy schools in the country. But we formalised the programme in a special partnership with Subz pads and panties, and their community programme Project Dignity. Subz produces washable, re-usable SABS-approved sanitary pads that last up to five years, which means our contributions are ensuring no girls need miss a day of school for their entire high-school lives. We committed to reach 5 000 girls in 2016, and the project is ongoing.
When: Every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm. Where: Clicks clinics nationwide. These services, for South Africans without medical aid cover, including free blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and HIV testing. In 2015 we supported the national government’s Heart Health and Diabetes campaigns, and the huge uptake of services led us to rethink our offerings in the wellness arena.
Youth Day 2017
We made a meaningful difference in the Western Cape on Youth Day, partnering with the Heart 104.9FM 16 Days for Youth Campaign. We enlisted visual artist John Adams to paint murals at Hannah’s Place of Safety in Mitchell’s Plain and Miracle Kidz Safe House in Sweet Valley, and we donated products to each home. In addition, we joined forces with Tata Consultancy Servies to donate a 40-inch TV set and DVD player to Butterfly Kids in Langebaan #FeelGoodTouchingLives
In partnership with the Clicks Dental Care cater, we donated more than R192 000 to the Smile Foundation. The funds were used to sponsor Smile Week at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in March, 2016. During smile week in July this year, we joined forces with the Avela Foundation to again support the Smile Foundation, providing treatment to about 40 children who had suffered burns in household fires.
Capegate Clicks Charity Run
Capegate Shopping Centre, with the help of the generous runners, made a R25 000 donation to the Clicks Helping Hand Trust following the event in October 2016.?The funds went a long way towards helping fund free primary healthcare at more than 350 Clicks pharmaices and 160 clinics countrywide.
Way back in 2013 we began working with the Relate Trust, selling beaded bracelets in Clicks stores nationally. Funds raised from sales don’t only boost the fund’s coffers, but also create earning and skills development opportunities for the beaders. We have bought more than 66 000 bracelets, collectively raising more than R1million, split between our trust and the social upliftment efforts. We are proud to say that this project also earned us a Changemaker Award from the Relate Trust.
Barometer of success: Lives Touched (2011- 2016)
- Mom & Baby = 55193
- HIV testing = 16395
- Diabetes awareness = 14780
- Heart Health = 14935
- Flu vaccines= 14575
*all these lives have been touched though free consultations at Clicks clinics nationally.
The Clicks Helping Hand Trust is a registered NPO (IT3137/2010). Our beneficiary are primarily disadvantaged individuals (at least 75% of the beneficiaries being black, as defined by the DTI BBBEE Charter guidelines).
- Mom and Baby services are available to families whose babies are born in state clinics and do not have medical aid.
- Immunisation and family planning medication are only available where state sponsored stock is available
- Healthy lifestyle services and other ad hoc campaign services are available to deserving, disadvantaged customers who do not have medical aid
Address: Cnr Searle and Pontac Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
Email: [email protected]
Call: +27 21 460 1911
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The Clicks Helping Hand Trust is a public benefit organisation (PBO) (930036001) registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) (# IT3137/2010) under the Trust Property Control Act and the Income Tax act.
Rachel Wrigglesworth (Chairwoman) – Head of Healthcare, Clicks
Vikesh Ramsunder: Chief Operating Officer, Clicks
Jamie Lane: Head of Merchandise and Marketing, Clicks
Gordon Traill – Head of Finance, Clicks
Reg Bossenger: General Manager, Musica