A GOOD deed by mobile phone company Vodacom to donate no less than 30 000 nutritious food parcels, has brought joy to school children and their families.The mobile phone company started distributing food parcels upon the reopening of schools across South Africa. Lana Myburg, Vodacom senior marketing co-ordinator, said in the central region, food parcels had been distributed mainly to the learners from disadvantaged schools in rural areas X two in the Free State and three in the Northern Cape.The good deed saw the mobile phone company’s employees across seven centres in the nine provinces of South Africa jumping in to help pack the nutritious foods in ten-litre containers (30 000). The employees were supported by patrons as part of their 67 minutes for Mandela Day.The initiative is a continuation of the company’s food security project launched in 2013 in honour of Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July, his birthday. The good deed by the mobile phone company directly responds to Mandela’s statement: “Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.”During his lifetime, the late statesman had made it his tradition to invite children to his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on his birthday. Similar events celebrating Mandela Day were also being staged at selected venues in the country. “Ubuntu is one of the values that we espouse at Vodacom and as such the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day offers us the privilege of extending human kindness to others, especially those who are less fortunate in our country. This we do in a spirit of wanting to change the world for the better, just like Madiba did,” said Shameel Joosub, the Vodacom group’s chief executive officer. He said that, as a long-standing partner of the National Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the mobile phone company would continue to partner with both organisations in its quest to make South Africa a better place to live.Joosub stated that volunteers of the mobile phone company would also be committing their 67 minutes to assist communities across South Africa in other ways than packing food parcels.