Make every day MANDELA DAY

2015-07-22 06:00
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Kingsburgh Child and Family Welfare Society’s senior social worker, Sandra Govender (right) and secretary Janette Krüger call on the community to donate non-perishable goods and clothes as part of a Mandela Day initiative.

PHOTO: tania sandberg Kingsburgh Child and Family Welfare Society’s senior social worker, Sandra Govender (right) and secretary Janette Krüger call on the community to donate non-perishable goods and clothes as part of a Mandela Day initiative.

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NELSON Mandela International Day was inspired by a call by the iconic leader in 2008 for the next generation to brave up to the burden of leadership to address the world’s social injustices.

The day was launched on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, 18 July the following year as a result of a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.

The global movement is aimed at honouring Mandela’s life’s work and act to change the world for the better. The world can however, not be changed in just one day and the hope is that the day will inspire corporates and individuals to reconsider whose responsibility it is to address social injustices and to do something to bring about change every day.

The day addresses four types of service - food security, education and literacy, shelter and infrastructure and service and volunteerism. There are many non-profit organisations in our community that address these social ills and they need your assistance.

Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit would like assistance in shelter and infrastructure.

“It would be deeply appreciated if the community could get involved in redecorating the safe house. We would like a company to get involved in redecorating and general maintenance. The company would need to provide products like curtain rails and paint as well as volunteer their services. It would be great if company can meet with us before the day to discuss alterations,” general manager Gail Shreiner said.

ATU is currently making handbags in skills development and is looking for old T-shirts and jeans, no matter the condition, to make scarves and handbags.

Kingsburgh Child and Family Welfare Society and Amanzimtoti Child Welfare need non-perishable goods to give to their screened clients. These goods can be dropped off any morning of the week. Good clothing and white elephant items and bric-n-brac is needed for sale in their thrift shop. They also would like donations of plastic packets for clients that buy from the shop.

Operation Bobbi Bear needs, on a monthly basis, anything a house with children needs. “We are in desperate need for the wall around Bobbi Bear to be painted and call on the community or corporates to sponsor 100 litres of white paint and 10 to 12 men to volunteer their services to paint the wall inside and outside.

“The house is also in need of maintenance. Since we are a place of protection for abused children, no photos are allowed,” Eureka Olivier said.

Amanzimtoti SPCA needs pet food.

“At the moment we have a shortage of puppy and kitten food and toys,” public relations officer Michele Hannan said.

Mother of Peace is asking for skills training for the older children.

“We all have gifts and talents that will help others. This year Mother of Peace calls on people to use their gifts to make a difference in someone else’s life. How you can help - renovate our second playground to bring joy to children, donate towards our Early Childhood Development centre, help us renovate children’s family homes, buy an elephant bearing the special symbol of hope where no child is left behind so that we provide for a child’s holistic needs that they may be the change that we want to see in the world,” said a Mother of Peace spokesperson

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