Ripple Reading | South Africa

R5 Coin Challenge: Improving literacy in SA the Ripple Reading way

Help us to set a Guinness World Book Record by collecting 55 000 R5 coins

Your assistance will be invaluable as we start the ball rolling with the R5 coin challenge. This Guinness World Book of Records’ Coin Challenge is not merely a challenge for the sake of setting a world record. The funds raised will enable us to translate our successful curriculum into the vernacular and assist more Foundation Phase pupils nationally.

Meet or beat challenge

The aim is for you to organise an R5 coin collection at your school or place of work and then to challenge your rivals to meet or better your coin collection. Our target? At least 55 000 R5 coins to be collected from now until September 2019. The collection will culminate with a Summer Festival on Sun 8 September – World Literacy Day, at a venue still to be confirmed.

A representative layout (equivalent to the amount of actual coins collected) will be created for photographic evidence. [For reasons of safety, we cannot actually layout the coins…  However, we do have an idea in mind which will be revealed towards the end of the collection period].

Meeting the criteria

The Guinness World Book of Record’s criteria are stringent and we have to be transparent at each stage of the project. This is where your participation is so essential. As we have a strict policy of not directly accepting cash donations, documentation (deposit slips) and photographic evidence is vital at each and every stage.

A suggestion, for instance, is that a school organises a coin layout at its own premises. A photograph should be taken and the coins deposited by the school – with the receipt being sent to us. The participant then challenges a rival to meet or better its collection.

Prizes up for grabs for most R5 coins collected

Not only will every child and adult be contributing towards the improvement of literacy with their R5 coins but, as an additional incentive there will be prizes up for grabs. Should we meet all the criteria and be verified by the Guinness World Book of Records Adjudicators, the participant who collects the most coins, will be included in the official verification and the 2020 print version.


For further information please contact Ali Gordon on 0870945085 (o/h).

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