On a crisp Saturday morning, Brownie Points, in partnership with Clean-C and Slinky the Dachshund, took to Blouberg Beach for a clean day of fun. We were joined by a large group of volunteers, rubbish bags in hand, to pick up every piece of man-made litter from the sand. On the first Saturday of each […]
On Sunday 1 October, close on 100 strangers joined hands across the promenade as part of the Durban City Clean Up, and in a matter of hours, collected over 400kg of litter. As the driving force behind the city clean ups, I partnered with city runs host, Stillwater Sports. The purpose behind the partnership? Before […]
This week we interviewed Marc Buhrer, just an ordinary South African with a big heart and a big desire to change humanity for the better. Read below his story on creating his Dare to Share charity and Game for Humanity, a card game inspiring positive acts of kindness throughout communities. 1. Why did you […]
We all have big dreams but many of us live our entire lives without attaining those dreams. Well, what if you knew there was a quick and sure-fire way to not only reach your biggest goals, but to help those in need to do the same too- would you do it? Well, this is your chance. […]
If you missed your chance to do good this 18 July, moenie bekommer nie (don’t worry) – you can make every day a Mandela Day! At Brownie Points we believe in being an active citizen whenever and wherever we can and breathing the spirit of Madiba into everything that we do. Every consistent action and […]
Multiple charity co-ordinator and Brownie Points volunteer, Blake Dyason, shares his experience organising relief for the recent Knysna Fires. On Wednesday night, 7 June, I received the news that Knysna had to be evacuated- a devastating fire was raging out of control. I had been involved in reliefs before and knew that Knysna would need […]
On a sunny Thursday, the 16th of February, we joined some of our volunteers at Zerilda Park Primary School in Lavender Hill for World Read Out Loud Day, hosted by one of our Nonprofit Partners: Learning In Reach. It was a truly unforgettable experience! Leanne, founder of Learning In Reach (NPO) and all-round superwoman, welcomed us […]
protected by the mountains surrounding Montagu, is a dynamic rural school where dreams are big and funds are low… A few weeks ago, I scrolled through a public nonprofit Facebook group called SA NPO Network (by the way, this group is an amazing source of information for all nonprofit people out there). I came across a […]
In late 2016, a group of Brownie Points volunteers spent their day walking the energetic dogs at TEARS and bonding with these wonderful canines over sunshine and treats!
TEARS was one of Brownie Points first Nonprofit partners to sign up. As soon as we saw their uploaded volunteering opportunity, we shared it via our social media channels and in no time we had a group of do-gooders with the energy and excitement to match the job!
It was a fantastic day filled with love, laughter, active antics and great memories.
Check out TEARS Animal Rescue’s profile for chances to help them out and earn brownie points!
In late 2016, a group of Brownie Points volunteers spent their day walking the energetic dogs at TEARS and bonding with these wonderful canines over sunshine and treats! TEARS was one of Brownie Points first Nonprofit partners to sign up. As soon as we saw their uploaded volunteering opportunity, we shared it via our social media […]
Theodora explains her role in The Lily Cup Project below:
As a South African advice and lifestyle YouTuber with over 200K subscribers, giving back is part of what I do. With a fairly affluent international audience, I think it’s important to leverage my views for positive change, beyond self and career gain.
I’m also a proud South African and a woman. Something I feel strongly about is menstrual health. I have an entire YouTube playlist dedicated to periods! When I speak about that ‘time of the month’ online, I speak as though we can all afford the luxury of sanitary products each month. When I learned how many girls in South Africa can’t afford sanitary products and are suffering each month, because of something so natural, I wanted to do something. I needed to raise awareness about what many of us haven’t stopped to think about before.
So I teamed up with a Swedish menstrual cup company called Intimina. They make reusable menstrual cups that can be used for up to 10 years! I told them about the situation and how I wanted to make a change and empower women who are using newspapers, re-using dirty pads and getting unsafe and untested injections to ‘make their shameful periods disappear.’ Thankfully, Intimina jumped on board and decided to donate 4000 Lily Cup Compacts to the cause in exchange for an awareness video.
I needed to get my audience involved in some way and I knew that distributing 4000 cups would take more than just simply handing them over. So I thought I’d start a fundraising campaign to help with additional costs. Money needed to be raised to help NGOs Bunang Baswa and The Dream Factory (NGOs I selected at the start of the project) to distribute the cups, along with highly important education on how to use them and period health in general.
My viewers were moved by the video and jumped at the opportunity to help. Within a few days we reached our target of $2500 and the number keeps climbing. The money can now also be used for supplying every girl with new panties and soap when they receive a Lily Cup after the workshop we’re currently putting together to educate and uplift the girls on menstrual and sexual health.
Moreover, we hope to empower these girls and inspire mentorship in their own communities surrounding the taboo topic of periods. We want people to speak out and in a way become proud and stand up for their periods.
Even though The Lily Cup Project is empowering 4000 girls, which is incredible, I want the word to spread. I want Lily Cup Project to create waves and inspire simple, yet impactful changes in SA, like free bathroom dispensaries to include sanitary products and not just condoms. That would be something…
Theodora Lee is a YouTuber, blogger, copywriter and business owner specializing in digital content creation. If you haven’t yet, visit her blog and YouTube channel. Theodora explains her role in The Lily Cup Project below: As a South African advice and lifestyle YouTuber with over 200K subscribers, giving back is part of what I do. With […]