Underpinned by a philosophy of care and giving back to those who need it most, the Dis-Chem Foundation was founded in 2006 based on concern around the growing levels of poverty in South Africa. With Covid there is an even greater need and the work done by the Dis-Chem Foundation has never been more important as communities and individuals alike have experienced loss; the loss of loved ones and economic security. Many organisations rely on the Foundation in order to keep their doors open and have peace of mind knowing that the Foundation continues to support them.
The Dis-Chem Foundation is a beneficiary of the Dis-Chem Groups' Benefit Programme. Every time a Benefit member swipes their Dis-Chem or Dis-Chem Baby City Benefit card at both Dis-Chem and Baby City stores, when redeemed, a percentage of the ellegable purchase value is then donated to the Dis-Chem Foundation to help supplement the funds.
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Community care in action
On July 30th , we were delighted to welcome Amanda Dambuza (Dis-Chem Foundation brand ambassador), as well as Armando Barros and Nicole Ferreira-Dill from Joburg Ballet. Armando and Nicole gave a beautiful performance of a piece from La Traviata to a packed audience at Dis-Chem Sandton City. They all spoke in support of the Million Comforts Campaign and the importance of menstrual health and hygiene, as well as keeping girls in school. A big thank you to Hamley’s and our brand match partners for their support.
On the 9th July 2022 we were overjoyed to have Professor Thuli Madonsela join us at Dis- Chem, Canal Walk. The Professor commended Dis- Chem, the Dis- Chem Foundation and Richard Mabaso (founder of The Imbumba Foundation/ Caring4Girls) for keeping girls in school through The Million Comforts Campaign. The campaign is now in its 7th year of raising funds for sanitary pads and growing stronger. One of our regional managers, Warren Manuel also joined us at Canal Walk along with his family.
On the 5th of July 2022, Dis-Chem Cresta store was excited to host Metro FM radio personality and Idols SA presenter, Proverb. He joined The Dis-Chem Foundation and The Imbumba Foundation / Caring4Girls and whole heartedly endorsed The Million Comforts Campaign while expressing his passion for empowering young women and spreading awareness of women's health.
What our beneficiaries have to say!
To say "thank you" to the hard work you put in is just two little words but with a HUGE impact .
However, I do want to thank the Trustees and yourself for sponsoring Aurora Special Care.
As you know my daughter is there and I just cant afford the fees so by Dischem Foundation assisting Aurora I have great comfort that she will be there for life.
We would like to extend our gratitude to you and Dischem for your generosity in supplying fleece jackets and toiletry packs for us to distribute. We managed to hand out the jackets last month to a number of homeless men and women. The toiletry packs were distributed this past weekend also to many homeless and needy people around our community. They were incredibly grateful and delighted with these gifts.
There is a constant need to support and love the destitute in our community and we truly thank you for your support and generosity in assisting in caring for those in need. It is wonderful to have had your support.
Thank You !
On behalf of every one at the New BeginningZ Baby Haven We would like to say a Very Big: Thank You ! For Your Remarkable Donation to New BeginningZ CYCC in the form of 18 boxes of Hand Sanitiser. Your valued contribution towards our Organisation makes a Meaningful Difference in the lives of the Orphaned, Abandoned and Abused Children in Our Care. May God Bless you, your Families & your business Abundantly in all that you do. Your Support is Truly Appreciated!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and paws!
We wish to express our sincere gratitude for your generous donation sanitizer. Words cannot express our appreciation or explain the magnitude of the difference that you have made in the many lives of the animals that cross our path daily Through donors and supporters such as yourself, we can continue to uplift the welfare and wellbeing of many more animals to come. Thank you very much for your support of the Midrand SPCA and the animals that we serve and protect!
Dear Dis-Chem Foundation,
Thank you for your kind donation of Nivea hygiene parcels gifted to our care mothers. These ladies are the heart and soul of The Almond Tree, their love and devotion to our children is unmatched.
Thank you for spoiling them.
On behalf of our management team, staff and beneficiaries we would like to take this opportunity to thank Dis-Chem Foundation for agreeing to continue to sponsor the Turfhall Cheshire home in 2022. We have had and excellent partnership with Dis-Chem Foundation and are grateful for the phenomenal support that you have provided over the past three years.
Without the your support, the home would not have food security and we would not be able to achieve our objectives.
This is amazing, thank you so much!
Having our cosmetics taken care off means that we can allocate our money somewhere else. Somewhere else will be our electricity bill, we are always running behind with this.
Dis-Chem Foundation's contribution has taken a huge load off our shoulders to ensure that our girls are taken care off in a respectful and dignified manner.
Thank you so much for helping to taking care of all our daughters.
The Foundation works closely with registered NGOs, NPOs and NPCs to support and improve the lives of struggling communities, providing support through various campaigns and initiatives:
The Dis-Chem Foundation has a long-standing partnership with Primedia. The on-air "Random Acts of Kindness", now called ‘Caring for the Community’ runs quarterly across each of Primedia’s radio stations - 947, 702, Cape Talk and KFM. This platform allows the chosen beneficiary to create awareness of the very difficult issues and challenges they experience at the time that the Dis-Chem Foundation makes the donations.
Since 2017, the Dis-Chem Foundation has been donating blankets to various charities and non-profit organisations across the country, providing a source of warmth during the cold winter months to those who need it most. The blankets are distributed to chosen organisations nominated by Dis-Chem’s Facebook followers and Dis-Chem and Baby City staff, with beneficiaries varying from old age homes to orphanages and animal shelters.
This initiative, which has been running since 2015, aims to provide sanitary products to teenage girls in need. This campaign is committed to the empowerment of schoolgirls, raising awareness about women's health, and giving these girls the opportunity to continue their education without the burden of hygiene risks, discomfort, embarrassment, or the loss of dignity.
Reach For A Dream seeks to alleviate the strain that life-threatening illnesses place on sick children and their families by providing these dreamers with the opportunity to believe in their greatest wish. The Foundation has been providing dreams to children all around the country for 33 years in counting.
In 2021 The Dis-Chem Foundation partnered with Hot Cares. A registered NPC. Through this relationship, we are able to extend assistance to individuals, Soup kitchens that include access to personal hygiene facilities, and various other organisations in need.
The community clinics are an initiative which brings health services to those in need instead of them going to the services. The clinics are constantly roaming around South Africa to help those in need on a regular basis.