67 Minutes for Madiba
From 1942 to 2009 Madiba fought tirelessly for the human rights of all South Africans. To honour the great man The Nelson Mandela Foundation asked that people the world over sacrifice 67 minutes of their time, on his birthday, to help those less fortunate. That is one minute for every year he served his country. In time 18 July might be declared a public holiday – as it should be. Regardless, it is a day that we remember Tata Madiba and do good works in his honour.
On 18 July we were absolutely amazed by the public support Oliver’s House received in its celebration of Mandela Day. 164 people from 26 businesses and organisations attended our Mandela Day celebrations. Even the Boy Scouts and two Beauty Queens volunteered their time to help the less fortunate. The event was held at our Oliver’s Village on the outskirts of Daveyton. The majority of our beneficiaries come from this area so it was fitting that we take the celebrations to them.
164 people donating 67 minutes of their time equates to plenty of hours that our guests put into serving their community on Mandela Day. We refer to this as being our event when in truth we could never have hosted it without the tremendous support we received from all who was there. Our guests brought with them donations of blankets, food, a wendyhouse, trees to be planted in our food forest, financial aid and much more. We even had a company manage a Retweet Campaign on Twitter which raised more than R4600 for Oliver’s House.
After all is said and done the day belonged to our beneficiaries – to the 210 children in our Nomthandazo Children’s Care Centre and the many many families we support in the Zenzele informal settlement. On the day we distributed over 2000 blankets, hundreds of pots and kettles and more than three tons of clothing and food items. It is unrealistic to say that we wish every day was a Mandela Day but at least, for one day every year, we witness the kindness of so many of our supporters.
We thank our many supporters for their time, donations and their tremendous support. Many of our supporters could not attend our Mandela Day due to other commitments and we know we will see them next year. As much as we enjoy serving those less fortunate than us we receive as much joy witnessing and being part of the kindness of the many many individuals and businesses who support us. Thank you all and we hope to share another 67 minutes with you next Mandela Day