TEARS Nominated for Notable Work!
TEARS is proud to announce that they have been nominated for not one, but two awards in the National Science and Technology Forum in South Africa for ‘Help at Your Fingertips’ initiative.
The NSTF-South32 Awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET), and innovation in South Africa for researchers and other SET-related professionals.
TEARS has thus joined the ranks of some of the most prestigious organizations contending for this honoured program. Considered the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, the NSTF Awards are the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national awards of its kind.
TEARS is nominated in two categories:
These nominations are to honour TEARS for their phenomenal innovation in their ‘Help at Your Fingertips’ initiative. A mobile phone portal linked to a database of service providers, ‘Help at Your Fingertips’ dispenses information via any mobile device using simple prompt-based technology. It tracks the location of the caller/victim and “instantly” (in approx. 45 seconds), sends back details of the three nearest care facilities, thus providing immediate support to victims of rape and sexual assault. Victims simply dial *134*7355#, and are assisted from there.
TEARS, a Registered NPO (Non-Profit Organisation), provides 24-hour access to information about where to find medical, legal and psychological support for victims of rape and sexual abuse, free of charge. They seek to create awareness to facilitate the transformation of attitudes and values of our society, using innovative technology in the fight against domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
TEARS Foundation was honoured in a similar way last year. In November, the TEARS Foundation was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award for ‘Organization of the Year – Women in Business for Government or Non-Profit Organizations’. The ‘Stevie Awards for Women in Business’ is the world’s top honour for female entrepreneurs and organizations across the globe – a distinction the TEARS team deserves for their tireless efforts towards this noble cause.
TEARS urges companies to fund initiatives to change the situation of women and girls in South Africa. The costs are tax deductible. TEARS is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) in terms of the Income Tax Act (Act 58 of 1962). Funding to TEARS is tax deductible in the hands of the donor – individual or Company – up to 5% of taxable income (SARS ref: 18/11/13/379).
BEE points can be claimed as an incentive and the project can form part of the Tsebo Foundation initiative.
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