Today marks the 5th anniversary of Nelson Mandela Day, a day in which the world comes together in unity and each individual takes 67 minutes of their time, in order to give back to the community and those less fortunate.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela
Employees at The Training Room Online decided to spend their 67 minutes by making and distributing 170 food parcels throughout the streets of Paarden Eiland and Maitland.
According to Keren Slabbert, IT Support Administrator from the organisation, the food parcels were assembled by staff members on the previous afternoon already, in order to be able to catch the job-seekers before they head out for the day.
“We loaded the food parcels into our cars at 7am and drove up the main road, where job-seekers were anxiously awaiting someone to pick them up and offer them work for the day,” said Mo Basha, an animator at The Training Room Online, “It was so gratifying to see how this small gesture could make such a huge difference to someone’s day.”
“The reaction that we got from the community was overwhelming and I found it very difficult to maintain my composure,” said another employee. “People were just so grateful to receive anything at all and I think it has been one of the most humbling experiences for me.”
We become so complacent in our daily lives that we sometimes forget about the people out there who could use a helping hand. Being able to celebrate Mandela Day each year reminds us how important it is to do as much as we can for our fellow human beings, and not just on Mandela Day, but every day.