How to help the children

Did you know that 78% of Grade 4 pupils in South Africa cannot read for meaning? In the Western Cape it’s a bit better but not much: 58% of Grade 4 pupils cannot read for meaning.

Stellenbosch-based the Reach Trust is doing something about it, by designing and rolling out a programme for early childhood development (ECD) centres which equips parents and teachers with the wherewithal to stimulate children between three and five years of age, the critical period when a child’s brain is most sensitive to language stimulation.

With 300 000 children in that age group in the Western Cape, the need is enormous and a group of wine producers has teamed up with the Reach Trust to give you an opportunity to contribute to the programme.

In return for R250, you stand a chance to win a case of wine from 12 wine estates – Bartinney, Beaumont, Beyerskloof, De Morgenzon, Hogan, Joostenberg, Kanonkop, Miles Mossop, Mulderbosch, Newton-Johnson, Raats, and Thelema – and a book selected by each winemaker, with a personalised message.

The total value of the prize is R30 000, and only 2 000 tickets will be sold. Buying four tickets will give an entry into a bonus draw for an additional case of wine and six extra books selected by the Reach trustees.

Visit Quicket at goo.gl/RoUSos to enter, or contact Nicci Cloete Annette on 078 563 8152 or nicci@thereachtrust.org or Andrew Rudge on 071 2411 325 or andrew@thereachtrust.org for bank account details to make an EFT payment.