The word mathematics sends fear into the hearts of many a student and learner. But having basic numeracy skills such as the ability to add and subtract as well as multiply and divide is necessary for a person function optimally in society. Many South Africans do not have these skills and it is important that we all do what we can to ensure that every citizen is able to learn some maths skills. The cost involved in educating a person is minimal but some people do not even have this amount of money available to improve numerical literacy. Donating money to government funded education programmes will help give these people the greatest gift of all, education.