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A Beautiful New HIV / Aids Bracelet Launched

A Beautiful New HIV / Aids Bracelet Launched

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The Bead Coalition has launched a bracelet for HIV/AIDS. The striking red beaded accessory is handmade by previously disadvantaged women in rural South Africa.   20% from the sale of each of the recommended retail priced bracelet is paid to Pledge a Portion – a registered Non-Profit Organisation, Public Benefit Organisation and a Section 21 Company. The charity fundraising business initiatives are based on a concept of ‘embedded giving’ and building a charitable gift into an unrelated, financial transaction.   468 HIV/Aids bracelets have been sold, to raise vital awareness of HIV/ AIDS and to date the amount of R3,744.00for beneficiaries via Pledge a Portion.

Bracelets have sold predominantly through CNA, one of South Africa’s oldest retail brands, with over 200 stores nationwide.   South Africa is believed to have more people with HIV/AIDS than any other country in the world, and this bracelet is a tangible expression of support and solidarity. Wear it to show you care.   Purchase your HIV/Aids bracelet at any CNA store, Spar Ferndale, Pick n Pay Fourways or online at www.beadcoalition.com for R40, or call 083 609 1111.

Issued by The Bead Coalition T: 083 609 1111 www.beadcoalition.com/ lisa@thebeadco.co.za About The Bead Co. (Pty) Ltd The Bead Coalition [Pty] Ltd is a private commercial business based in Johannesburg. Themed, bespoke, beaded bracelets are designed, and hand-made by previously disadvantaged communities in rural South Africa.

The sale of the FORCE beaded range raises funds to assist environmental, conversational and humanitarian issues. Other bracelets include RHINO FORCE, OCEAN FORCE and CYCLE FORCE QHUBEKA. www.beadcoalition.com

About Pledge a Portion Pledge-a-Portion assists charities, schools and other NPOs with fundraising for their organisations using innovative fundraising ideas. PAP is a charity and fundraising business initiative based on a concept of embedded giving and building a charitable gift into an unrelated, financial transaction. Non-Profit Organisation Number: 078-502 Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930030953 Section 21 Company Number: 2008/014074/08 Contact person: Bryan Smith Phone: 083 300 8888 Fax: 086 650 1028 Website: www.pledgeaportion.org

The Bead Coalition Launches the Official Cricket SA Bracelet

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The Bead Coalition (Pty) Ltd, the beaded bracelet company, headed by entrepreneur Joanne Lapin Thorpe, has secured the license to launch an official, licenced supporters bracelet for proud Cricket SA fans. The African accessory is hand-made by previously disadvantaged women in rural South Africa. Being ‘Proudly Protea’ has never been simpler, with a yellow and green beaded bracelet showing your true colours, all day, every day.South Africa is a proud cricket nation, The Proteas only sweat emotion, deliver commitment, practice humility and project pride. This is the substance of our men and women’s national teams. They are the heroes of our nation, dedicated to building the foundation of cricket for generations to come.

Visit www.cricket.co.za for news and updates. Purchase your Cricket SA bracelet at selected Pick n Pays, Meat World Northcliff, any Sneakers stores, or online at www.beadcoalition.com for R40, or call 083 609 1111.

Issued by The Bead Coalition T: 083 609 1111 www.beadcoalition.com/ lisa@thebeadco.co.za

About The Bead Co. (Pty) Ltd The Bead Coalition [Pty] Ltd is a private commercial business based in Johannesburg. We identity specific causes, we create awareness and design themed, bespoke, beaded bracelets. Hand-made by previously unemployed communities in rural South Africa, the sale of our beaded FORCE range raises funds to make significant environmental, conversational and humanitarian change. Other bracelets include RHINO FORCE, OCEAN FORCE and QHUBEKA CYCLE FORCE amongst others. www.beadcoalition.com

The Bead Co. Proudly Donates R104,060.15 to Qhubeka from Bracelets

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The Bead Co. Proudly Donates R104,060.15 to Qhubeka from Bracelets

 From the sale of hand-beaded, yellow and black CYCLE FORCE bracelets, The Bead Co. has proudly donated R104,060.15 to Qhubeka in a year. This helps fund more bicycles in communities, to mobilise people and change lives.

Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles are made in SA, and distributed through Wildlands communities via a barter model where people exchange 100 trees or 1,000kg of recycling for a bicycle. Each bicycle comes with a helmet, cable lock, and pump.

The Qhubeka initiative seeks to empower communities by donating bicycles, breaking the cycle of poverty while investing in the youth of South Africa. Children receive a new, durable Qhubeka bike. Designed by World Bicycle Relief for the harshest African conditions, each bicycle is constructed locally, creating additional jobs in vulnerable communities.

The Bead Co. bracelets are made in a rural beading community in NW Province, thereby supporting local employment.

Buy your CYCLE FORCE bracelets at CNA or online www.beadcoalition.com to keep making a difference. To order, call 083 609 1111 or email maureen@thebeadco.co.za

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About The Bead Co. (Pty) Ltd

The Bead Coalition [Pty] Ltd is a private commercial business based in Johannesburg. We identity specific causes, we create awareness and design themed, bespoke, beaded bracelets. Hand-made by previously unemployed communities in rural South Africa, the sale of our beaded range raises funds to make significant environmental, conversational and humanitarian change. Other bracelets include RHINO FORCE, OCEAN FORCE and QHUBEKA CYCLE FORCE amongst others. www.beadcoalition.com

About Qhubeka

Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka projects aim to help rural communities progress by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community. Team MTN-Qhubeka is Africa’s most winning pro cycle race team. The talented athletes race to build exposure for Qhubeka’s rural initiatives and ride to inspire potential new athletes within the community. More than 100,000 bikes have been distributed since 2004. www.qhubeka.org