For the fourth year in a row, myHermes is supporting the ‘Help a South African School’ campaign, which aims to improve literacy rates across the country. The consumer delivery specialist will collect boxes of books from more than 100 primary schools nationwide and transport them to a fulfilment house in London for onward distribution to the African nation.

Pupils, parents and teachers across the UK are being encouraged to donate unwanted textbooks and reading books to help the 93% of South African schools that do not have a library. The initiative, which is being led by the South African fruit industry together with its growers’ association Hortgro Services, is designed to provide underprivileged school children from farms and rural areas with valuable educational resources.

As a part of the campaign, UK pupils also took part in a competition to create a collage about South African food and culture. Liverpool-based primary school St Michael in the Hamlet was named the winner earlier this month, winning a £1000 prize and a special visit from BBC presenter and gastronaut Stefan Gates.

Linda Mortimer, National Sales Executive from myHermes said: “Year after year we are more than happy to support the ‘Help a South African School’ campaign. It is a fantastic initiative that provides deprived school children with highly cherished educational tools for learning and development. A massive thanks to everybody across our network who has contributed to the scheme, including the teams who managed the collections. We are extremely pleased to gather thousands of books and contribute to such a worthwhile cause.”

The ‘Help a South African School’ campaign is accepting books until August. For more information please visit: