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Help Play your part

Every person has the ability to make a difference – regardless of the size or nature of the contribution. Every day we are surrounded by small opportunities to help others. Here are just a few of the ways in which you can make a difference to someone affected by mental health problems:

Make a monetary donation
Give R100 or more towards the cost of providing special education and care for a child with intellectual disability … counselling and support for someone coping with depression donate… materials for a skills training workshop or therapeutic project … life skills training to help young people cope in an increasingly stressful world. Even small gifts make a real difference to someone with mental health needs in a poorly resourced community. And if you can commit to a regular monthly gift – by taking out a debit order – it helps us to plan effectively.

Become a Member of Cape Mental Health
For an annual membership fee of just R50 per person, R100 per group/organisation and R250 per company, you enjoy numerous benefits – over and above the satisfaction of knowing you're playing your part in helping ensure a mentally healthy nation.

Join our Shoebox Christmas Campaign
Fill a shoebox with little treats (e.g. soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb, facecloth, socks, raisins or fruit rolls, a small packet of chips, a box of juice, sun hat, etc to the value of R150-R200) and we'll make sure it's handed to a child at one of our Special Education and Care Centres in Heideveld, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

The children have severe/profound intellectual and physical disabilities and come from poor communities where they are unlikely to receive a gift on Christmas Day. Apart from being a wonderful surprise for them, your gift will also provide them with items that many of us take for granted but that are special treats for them. Please contact Hazel on 021 447 9040 or email for more information.

Gifts in kind
With 22 projects to furnish, equip and maintain, we can use almost any item you can spare – from good second-hand blankets, clothing and crockery to non-perishable food, furniture, office stationery and equipment. If you are able to offer services-in-kind, it also helps us cut costs.

Most of our projects have their own Wish Lists. Please contact Hazel Cox at 021 447 9040 or email if you are able to donate items or services.

Buy our products
Several of our projects are income-generating initiatives for people with mental disabilities and their families; for instance mothers of children with severe disabilities who can’t seek work because their children require constant care. By buying our products you give them much-needed income, hope, and precious dignity.

Request/make a donation in lieu of a gift
In celebration of a milestone such as a birthday or anniversary, ask friends and family to make a donation to a worthy cause, instead of spending money on a gift. If Cape Mental Health receives a donation in lieu of a gift for someone, we’ll tell the person about the gesture made in their honour, and issue a tax exempt certificate to the donor.

Fundraise for us
If you are participating in a sporting or other event, you can make the experience more meaningful by using it as a platform to raise money for Cape Mental Health.

Get a MySchool card
Our three Special Education and Care Centres in Heideveld (Heideveld SECC), Khayelitsha (Imizamo Yethu SECC) and Mitchells Plain (Erika SECC) can all be nominated as beneficiaries on your MySchool Card.

The card costs you nothing, but every time you swipe it at Woolworths and other participating stores, a percentage of whatever you spend is donated to MySchool by the store. If you don't have a MySchool card yet, sign up now and start swiping! If you already have a card, you can add us as a second beneficiary and funds raised are shared equally.

If you need help applying for the card or changing details, please call Hazel Cox on 021 447 9040 or email For an updated list of partner stores visit

Volunteer your skills or time
Last year, volunteers donated 7 836 hours (980 days) to Cape Mental Health. You can imagine how much these willing helpers saved us! Volunteering opportunities are available in many different areas and cover a wide variety of different tasks.

Remember us in your Will
Leaving a bequest to Cape Mental Health is a way of making a substantial gift towards the care of persons with mental health needs without spending any money right now.

Become a CSI partner
Cape Mental Health is a passionate advocate for social change, and our offerings address empowerment, education, special needs, health, welfare, safety, skills training, learning and development, and sustainability.

Businesses will find a range of projects and services to tie in with their CSI strategy. Our programmes can all demonstrate clearly defined aims and objectives and show how we intend to meet these. We can provide your CSI department with comprehensive budgets, project implementation plans, monitoring and evaluation.

Our discerning CSI partners include the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund, FNB Fund Community Care Programme, Momentum Fund, 1st for women trust, and Petro SA.

Click here for a full list of funding partners.

Become a BBBEE partner
Cape Mental Health has an excellent BBBEE status so we can assist your company with its alignment towards broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE requirements) and a score on your scorecard which will make you more attractive to your customers.

Come on board as a sponsor at one of our special events
We run a number of annual special events that provide wonderful opportunities for sponsorship and the associated benefits of marketing and branding. Our annual Cape Town International Kite Festival attracts about 24 000 people over the two-day event. Other events and campaigns include a Golf Day, an Art Exhibition, and the selling of Casual Day stickers in support of persons with disabilities.

Contact the Donor Development Department at Cape Mental Health for more information. Sandra Ellis, Derick Houston and Shayne Ormond look forward to hearing from you. Call us at 021 447 9040 or email