Oct 21, 2016


Hundreds of thousands of handmade toys, blankets and clothes have been collected and distributed to needy children across South Africa since the inception of the annual Pretty Things for Little Things competition fourteen years ago.

The competition encourages people, especially senior citizens, to put their creative talents to work to make practical, durable and safe items that children can either wear or play with.  There are four different categories, namely 1) soft toys, 2) blankets, 3) clothing, and 4) other articles made from materials such as wood, tin or wire.

Shoprite and Checkers are committed to community development and have therefore sponsored Pretty Things for Little Things, which is run in conjunction with Age-in-Action, since 2003. Through its extensive store network, the supermarket group takes hands with those communities in which it operates and joins forces with local partners such as Age-in-Action to respond to needs.

While Pretty Things for Little Things is open to all, senior citizens aged 60 years and older who enter their handiwork stand a chance of winning their share of R200 000 in shopping vouchers that can be used at Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper stores nationwide.

The prize giving ceremonies are taking place across South Africa during the second half of October 2016. First, second and third place is awarded in each category, on both a provincial and national level. There are also merit prizes for those who enter the most items per province as well as nationally.

View a complete list of this year's National and Provincial winners here.

Some of the items submitted during this year's Pretty Things for Little Things campaign.
Rosezane Kearnan (74) won 1st place nationally in the soft toys category; Vanessa Farr (61) won 1st place in the Western Cape province in the blankets category; and Elsa Esterhuyse (75) won 1st place in the Western Cape province in the clothing category.
Esmeralda Essex (Shoprite Checkers), Iris Marx (winner) and Bernice Laiwing (Age-in-Action) during the Eastern Cape provincial awards ceremony.
Gladys Derby (65, from Newlands East), Lydia van Rooyen (61, from Port Shepstone), Panjaveli Pillay (78, from Tongaat) and Jill Shanks (76, from Umhlanga Rocks) were placed top of their respective categories in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mary Aspeling (from Crawford) Elsa Esterhuyse (from Somerset West)  and Sophie Jenkins (from Grassy Park) were awarded second, first and third place respectively in the “clothing” category at the Pretty Things for Little Thing's Western Cape ceremony.
Moreleta Park resident Marietjie Cochrane was awarded third place in the Gauteng province in the  “clothing” category. Photographed from left to right: Sufura Sheriff (Checkers PR Manager: Gauteng); Marietjie Cochrane; Sabrina Naidoo (Shoprite PR Manager: Gauteng) and Jubilee Matlou (Age-in-Action).

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