PNA Stationers And Breadline Africa kick Off Funky Socks Day 2023

South Africa’s leading stationery and art materials retailer PNA is excited to announce the launch of the 2023 FUNKY SOCKS DAY campaign, in collaboration with non-profit organisation (NPO) Breadline Africa in a combined bid to make a positive impact on early child development and improve schools in vulnerable communities across the country.

Funky Socks Day 2023

The FUNKY SOCKS DAY campaign is hoping you will help make a difference – and encourage your friends and family to join in! Buy a FUNKY SOCKS DAY sticker for just R10 at any PNA store nationwide and you’ll support fund raising for education. Then, ROCK your FUNKY SOCKS on Friday 8 September 2023 and show your commitment to building a brighter future for children in need.

Says Chantelle Fritz, PNA marketing manager: “Our primary purpose is to build safe  Early Childhood Development Centres throughout South Africa, giving every child the opportunity to start life purposefully and positively. It is our goal to upgrade existing schools and construct new ones to provide quality education for children aged one to six years old. FUNKY SOCKS DAY holds a special significance as the campaign is launched around Mandela Day, which falls on 18th July – a day symbolising real and practical change.”

Here’s What Your Stickers Will Do…

PNA and Breadline Africa are intensifying efforts this year by undertaking the construction of additional infrastructure to complete Lusemanzi Educare Centre established in 1997 in Orange Farm, Gauteng. Currently operating out  of insufficient classroom space and only two toilets  for its’ 200 learners, Lusemanzi urgently requires functional buildings and extra amenities.

The estimated cost of constructing the additional infrastructure, including ablutions, amounts to R1.5-million. “This means we must sell just 150,000 stickers to ensure the little ones have a safe, warm facility to learn and grow in,” says Fritz. “Imagine all those FUNKY SOCKS on show at school, university and work on 8 September?”

Breadline Africa has partnered with PNA for the FUNKY SOCKS DAY initiative for the past two years, says Marion Wagner, Director Breadline Africa. “By purchasing FUNKY SOCKS DAY stickers, South Africans have made valuable contributions to the campaign, funding the building and refurbishment of ECD centres in vulnerable communities.

Under privileged children

“So far, the PNA-Breadline Africa collaboration on the FUNKY SOCKS DAY campaign has successfully raised funds to rebuild five schools throughout South Africa. Lusemanzi Educare, a school registered in 1997 has, over the years, suffered both an arson attack and severe storm damage. But despite these challenges, its’ principal Lorato Duma continues to run a successful centre and is continuously improving the environment for her learners.

FUNKY SOCKS DAY symbolises hope and progress for recipient schools. The campaign culminates in the handover of improved classrooms and amenities, providing a better learning environment for children, Wagner notes “To date, we have provided more than 1,000 converted shipping container and prefabricated facilities to resource-poor communities across the country and our impact extends to more than 250,000 children.

“We believe every child has the capacity to do something amazing with their life. When a child’s imagination is unlocked, possibilities are opened up to enable them to choose a path for their own future,” she says. “None of this would be possible without the support of our donors, one of whom is South African company, PNA, which has generously committed funding and time to work with us to improve the lives of South Africa’s children.”

PMA Funky Socks Day

Participate In The FUNKY SOCKS DAY School Competition

Participate in our exciting competition for a chance to win R5000 for your school! Three lucky schools have the opportunity to each win R5000.00. To enter, all you need to do is buy the FUNKY SOCKS DAY stickers from your nearest PNA store and showcase your school’s fantastic spirit by rocking those funky socks. Capture a photo or video of your school demonstrating their enthusiasm for FUNKY SOCKS DAY and share it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #RockYourFunkySocks and tag PNA-Colour Your World. Don’t miss this chance to support your school and show off your creativity!

Sock Doctor Supports FUNKY SOCKS DAY …

In addition, Sock Doctor has pledged a significant contribution to FUNKY SOCKS DAY, partnering with PNA and supporting Breadline Africa. For every active PNA store with a Sock Doctor stand on FUNKY SOCKS DAY, the company will donate 250 pairs of school socks to a school of choice.

Fritz adds: “In the spirit of giving ’til our socks drop off, participants get to embrace our FUNKY SOCKS DAY side by wearing a pair of vibrant socks to work and school on 8 September 2023. Buy your stickers, challenge your schoolmates to do the same – and join PNA and Breadline Africa in rocking your FUNKY SOCKS while making a lasting impact on the lives of South African children. Together, we can build a brighter future through education.”

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About PNA

PNA is the leading stationery, arts & crafts materials and educational books retailer in South Africa, committed to providing a variety of high-quality products and making a positive impact on early childhood development. With a focus on education and community support, PNA strives to create a better future for South African children.

About Breadline Africa

Breadline Africa, one of the biggest providers of educational infrastructure for poverty relief in Southern Africa, has provided more than 1,000 infrastructure facilities to poverty-stricken communities since its establishment in 1993.

The renovated containers and prefabricated units are used as classrooms, kitchens and toilets at early childhood development centres and as feeding kitchens and libraries at primary schools.

About PNA Penny Fund

The PNA Penny Fund is a charitable initiative established by PNA, the leading stationery retailer in South Africa. The fund aims to make a positive impact on local communities by supporting various causes and projects.

The PNA Penny Fund collects small donations from customers and supporters, typically in the form of spare change or small monetary contributions. These donations are then pooled together to aid and support those in need. The fund focuses on initiatives related to education, early childhood development, and community development.

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  1. This is a lovely Idea, every little bit helps

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