Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
This page highlights the charitable contributions and heartfelt stories we have and continue to take part in.
His family suffered severe trauma and were completely devastated leaving his mom, Phumeza Dubula, in complete disappear as she had no job and was unable to help her son financially.
LottoStar and KFM came to the rescue once again and Phumeza now has a job. LottoStar went the extra mile will be paying R5000 per month for 12 months into Phumeza’s bank account. In addition to this, LottoStar wanted Ona to receive the best treatment and offered to assist with medical and speech therapy bills. The LottoStar team salutes Ona and wishes him all the best with a speedy recovery.
Nonkululeko was in disappear as she needed urgent funding to complete her degree to become a doctor. Her brothers had attempted various ways to obtain money needed for their sister studies but failed. She owed the University close to R95 000 and tried her best to raise the funds by working part-time and registering on crowdfunding websites.
On the 15 September, her dream finally came true when LottoStar offered to assist her financially in completing her life-time dream. Nonkululeko was overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the generous help. LottoStar is proud to be a part of her dream and journey – Good Luck Nonkululeko!
Their wish was answered when the 947 team together with LottoStar, managed to raise a total of R1,039,800.00 of which LottoStar donated over R173,200.00.
This generous amount was raised to take 8000 young SA children, from underprivileged backgrounds, to watch the first black superhero film.
For John and Connie, their wish has been fulfilled!
LottoStar firmly believes in giving back to society and making a big difference in people’s lives, and this is exactly what happened in Kgosana’s case. We all believe in you Kgosana or as you would like to be called, Kay-Gee. You are an inspiration to many!
LottoStar recently received an update from Kgosana Matima. We would love for you to read it.
Erica is extremely clever and has an aggregate of 96% and for this reason she was accepted into The University of Cape Town (UCT). However, due to financial strain she was unable to pay for her studies. LottoStar came to the rescue and gave Erica a bursary to the value of R250 000. LottoStar wishes you the best of luck Erica, we are proud of you!
947 had received an email from Hannah’s father, a dedicated policeman, explaining exactly what had happened and providing detailed information on Baby Hannah’s condition. In this email he had mentioned that the family needed R5000 for their precious daughter’s eye operation. Upon hearing this touching story, LottoStar donated R5000 and an additional R95 000, totalling R100 000 to assist with Baby Hannah’s medical expenses. After hearing the heart-warming story and support from LottoStar, the people of Johannesburg united and donated additional funds to help Baby Hannah.
This was a great relief to the family. They were extremely grateful and ever so touched. The LottoStar team wishes Baby Hannah and her lovely family all the best and are blessed to be part of Baby Hannah’s journey.
Jordon is extremely clever and talented and would like to become either the first female South African President, a doctor or a businesswoman. LottoStar selected little Jordon due to her determination, strong ambition, extreme drive and many other positive factors and offered her a bursary to the value of R250 000. The family can now rest assured that her future is taken care of. Well done Jordon, you are a true inspiration to everyone!
She was extremely keen to take part in the International Bowhunting Organisation’s World Championship event at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia in the USA which takes place from the 9-11 August 2018. Due to the cost of attending such an event, it was a decision to think about. LottoStar heard about Marjone’s story and was happy and proud to sponsor the full amount of R25 000 to enable Marjone to compete in the USA in August.
LottoStar is proud to sponsor Marjone and our best wishes accompany her for this world event!
Things were tough for Jack yet he tried his utmost best to study and work at the same time. Upon hearing this touching story, LottoStar contributed R341 900 to cover the costs of the degree.
Thanks to LottoStar, Jack now has the opportunity to start his 3rd year at the University of the Free State, and finally complete his Bachelor of Accounting degree.
She enrolled for a Bachelor of Education at UNISA in 2015, but only got to study 4 modules as she was unable to afford to carry on. LottoStar answered her wishes by presented her with a R250 000 bursary to carry on with her studies. Precious vowed to make us proud. LottoStar wishes you the best of luck and believes you will excel and make us proud.
On this particular day, in the month of December, the team planned a special trip to these amazing organisations namely the Pebbles Project Trust in Stellenbosch, Leliebloem House in Cape Town and The Brooklyn Chest Hospital Ward B in Brooklyn, Western Cape.
Supplies and gifts were handed out to the children who welcomed the team with cheers and festive tunes.
LottoStar is proud and extremely happy to be part of such an amazing initiative. This will never be forgotten!
She completed her first year with three distinctions, but sadly her family could not afford to continue paying her tuition for her second year. So, we took it upon ourselves to provide Chante with the financial assistance she needs to continue her journey to become a medical professional one day, by paying R55 000 for her second year at Stellenbosch University.
So, with a helping hand from LottoStar, she is now able to achieve her National Certificate in Beauty/Nail Technology at the Hydro International College. Dreams do come true, with a little help from LottoStar.
Caylum has spent most of his young life in Intensive Care. He needs to be sent to the Boston Children’s Hospital and assessed by Dr Rusty Jennings to see whether he is a candidate for a revolutionary new procedure that could save his life.
Thanks to donations from LottoStar, Caylum is on his way to the Boston Children’s Hospital to receive the lifesaving healthcare he deserves. We hope and pray that there is a happy ending to his story.
Matika lives with her mother, father, 2 siblings, and her niece and nephew in a 2-bedroom house in Cosmo City. Her costly treatment had placed major financial strain on her parents who were barely coping before her diagnoses.
Matika was taken to Johannesburg Gen about a year ago with headaches, sore joints, a distended stomach and severe nausea. The pain soon spread to her legs and she couldn’t control her bowl movements any longer, the doctors then realised that something not quite right. After scans and blood tests, Matika was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, which is a cancer that attacks white blood cells. They also realized that she had Arachnoiditis: which is disorder that causes severe pain due to the swelling of the brain and sometimes the spinal cord.
Her touching story moved the hearts of 947 to find help for her and that’s where we stepped in… After hearing her moving story, we donated R36 000 towards school fees for Matika’s 3 siblings, R3000 a month for groceries for a whole year (R36 000), R10 000 for transport costs, and R10 000 for Matika’s daily needs which include: food, nappies and clothing.
It touches our hearts to know that Matika and her family can rest assured knowing that we have them covered.
So, they wrote to KFM describing his situation and they immediately contacted us. Thanks to help from Lottostar, Liam now receives regular treatment and care.
We also bought Liam a bath lift, bed rails, an electric hoist and a sling to the value of R45 000. Liam’s family can rest assured that Liam has all the equipment he needs to have a chance at a normal life.
LottoStar is not only changing the lives of our winners, but we’re also changing the lives of those who suffer with critical health conditions by giving them the much needed financial relief they deserve.
She is a straight-A student that had been lucky enough to receive funds from a financial aid scheme so that she could go on to High School, but due to corrupt maladministration of funds, the money for her schooling was stolen and she was forced to stay home for an entire year.
All she was asking for was a good quality laptop so that she could complete her schooling through an online college, but we stepped in and changed her life forever by paying R450 000 for her entire high school education at Potchefstroom Girls High School.
Zinzi is now well on her way to achieving her dream of working at the CSIR and becoming one of South Africa’s future innovators. Her courage and determination is an inspiration to everyone at LottoStar.
LottoStar’s involvement with the Chaeli Campaign and its founder, Chaeli Mycroft, has helped the organization rise to new heights. Chaeli’s mother and CEO of the organization, Zelda Mycroft, had this to say: “The Chaeli Campaign is delighted to partner with LottoStar in creating opportunities for children with disabilities, to claim their role as agents of change within their families and communities. Living in possibility, being ability-focused and creating more inclusive communities is at the heart of the work done through Chaeli Campaign programmes and we are delighted to have LottoStar supporting this life-changing work in such a tangible way.”
We take much pride in being able to help the Chaeli Campaign achieve their goal of gaining general acceptance for disadvantaged individuals with disabilities. We know that their hard work will continue to change the lives of many who have lost hope – Keep up the good work Chaeli Campaign.
Our staff also got involved in the initiative by spending 4 days assisting the Grace Factory pack and deliver maternity packs to hospitals across Gauteng. Everyone at the Grace Factory was so thankful for our contribution, that they wrote us a heartfelt letter to show their appreciation.
This is what they had to say: “Dear Tasoullah and team, A huge thank you from The Grace Factory for the amazing vehicle that you donated to us. We are not sure how to put in words how much this helps us. We fetched this vehicle today and Alison did about 4 collections and 2 deliveries today. We have a driver starting in January 2017 and couldn't be more excited.
Thanks to LottoStar and 947, we are able to help more moms and babies in need. We really want to thank you and say that we appreciate this gift from the bottom of our hearts.
Best Wishes, Amy – The Grace Factory”
Upon hearing this incredible story, LottoStar offered to assist Inga and her angelic bambinos financially. We will be contributing R10 000 per month for the next 12 months. We wish Inga and her picture-perfect toddlers the best of luck!
Final Contribution: R140,000
A brilliant concept founded by Thato Kgatlhanye’s, a 22-year-old entrepreneur who grew up in Rustenburg, and saw the need to develop solar-powered backpacks for children in rural areas who lack electricity at home. The solar-powered backpacks are made from recycled plastic bags which includes a charging device that provides 6-9 hours of light.
Thato initially found it very hard to get her idea in motion, due to the lack of funds. However, she never lost hope and kept trying her best! She quotes, “We had the words to describe our product, so we entered start-up competitions and applied for grants, putting all our energy into writing the best proposals you can imagine.”
Thato’s invention has become extremely favoured and has developed into a social enterprise called Rethaka. Over a short period of time, Rethaka has flourished and has become well-known and recognised all over the world!
Final Contribution: R172,500
This Non-Profit, Public and Faith-Based organisation located in Johannesburg, helps destitute children in underprivileged communities.
Door of Hope is dedicated in developing children in 5 key areas: Character, Competence, Calling, Confidence and Courage. Their mission is to: Save Abandoned Babies, Bringing Children Home, Building People of Character and Bridging a Better World.
Dee Blackie, a Child Protection Activist, said: “Without Door of Hope, many abandoned babies would be at risk of dying in Johannesburg. Instead, they are cared for, loved and supported on their journey towards finding a forever family.”
Door of Hope helps to build survival skills, self-respect, good morals and confidence for children to lead fruitful lives.
Final Contribution: R60,000
SAPESI which proudly stands for South African Primary Education Support Initiative, is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve literacy and numeracy amongst underprivileged children in primary schools all over South Africa.
SAPESI believe that reading is key and constantly encourage children to read. For this very reason the non-profit organisation imports second-hand libraries from Japan. These mobile libraries are in the form of buses and once received, they are donated to the provincial Departments of Education.
SAPESI are extremely grateful for all the support they have received and reiterated that the generous donations have helped and continue to help many children in South Africa.
Final Contribution: R117,500
The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind, also known as the GDA, was founded in 1953 by a South African, Gladys Evans. She came up with the GDA idea after she was trained in England with her beloved guide dog named Sheena.
The GDA is a Non-Profit and Public Benefit organisation with a sole purpose of enhancing the mobility and independence of people who have visual, physical and developmental needs.
The GDA breed and train their own dogs, mainly Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, cross Labrador/Golden Retrievers and German Shepherd Dogs.
These devoted Guide Dogs impact their owners lives in a positive way and remain companions for life!
Final Contribution: R212,500
The Red Cross Children's Hospital Trust was established in 1994. This independant, non-profit Trust raises funds to support the first stand-alone Hospital called, The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.
This incredible Trust relies on donations to ensure that the Children’s Hospital continues to provide life-changing and life-saving care for children. The donations received by generous sponsors has helped raise over R600 million over the past two decades.
Former president and international icon, the late Mr. Nelson Mandela once said, “It is known throughout the world as a centre of excellence for pioneering research and treatment of childhood diseases and as the premier centre of specialist paediatric training in Africa. Though located in Cape Town, it has become a national and international resource.”
A letter of appreciation was received from The Children's Hospital Trust on 22 October 2018:
Chantel Cooper, Head of Fundraising, had this to say, "Please express our sincere appreciation to all you have been involved in supporting the campaign. We are sincerely grateful that the KFM Breakfast team selected us as their charity of choice and grateful to Lottostar for the generous donation. One hundred percent of the donation has been allocated to the Upgrade and Expansion of the Emergency Centre that will start in March 2019."
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Final Contribution: R105,000
Philisa Abafazi Bethu is Xhosa for “Heal Our Women”. This non-profit organisation was founded in 2008 by Lucinda Evans and helps women in need of shelter and support.
Philisa Abafazi Bethu operates in Lavender Hill, a township in Cape Town which has a high rate of crime, substance abuse, gangsterism and violence between women and children. The organisation has been growing and is currently running different projects namely: The After School Program, Life Coaching, Women’s Support Group, Senior Program and Emergency Safe House.
Volunteers who have worked with this incredible organisation, have described their experience as life-changing and empowering.
Philisa Abafazi Bethu is an outstanding organisation that has done great work supporting women and children in need.
Final Contribution: R125,000
Paedspal Palliative Care (PPC) opened in 2016 and is located in the Rondebosch Medical Centre, the first of its kind in the Western Cape. The facility provides care and support for children living with life-threatening illnesses.
This non-profit organisation was developed to care for children with life-limiting conditions by managing physical, psychological, emotional and existential suffering.
A recent study published in Palliative medicine shows that the need for Paedspal Palliative Care will double by 2040. Therefore, more quality PPC services are needed to make it possible to provide the best care and continue producing the best results in Paedspal Palliative Care.
Final Contribution: R45,000
MOT is derived from the Norwegian word ‘mot’ which means, the ability to show courage and stand against violence and drug use. MOT works with youth between the ages of 12-25 years old and teaches them life choices as well as different ways to reach their full potential.
MOT which was founded in 2016, offers training programs which focuses on essential life and social skills such as: respect and care, self-confidence, sound values and much more.
Programs such as MOT are vital, and their incredible work and dedication is recognised in society as well as around the world!
This time around, LottoStar visits a school in Pienaar, a rural settlement in Nelspruit, called Yedwa Primary School and donates 14 LENOVO computers, which will be utilized by the pupils for research, obtaining information, share ideas and increase their computer skills.
Mr. Khoza, the principal, was extremely grateful for the contribution from LottoStar which is the first of it's kind and believes this will benefit everyone.
The computers will be connected to the school's Wi-Fi allowing easy access.
LottoStar is very happy to assist in an area which is so vital to the country - the education of youth!