“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. Letcee personnel and volunteers spent their 67 minutes on Mandela Day packing nutritious food parcels thanks to the generous response of individuals and companies (a big thank you to Min Cash and NCT for their generous donations) a grand total of 117 parcels were made up. Any family in an emergency situation will be relieved to receive one of these parcels made up of tinned food, soya mince, rice, lentils and dehydrated vegetables in one meal portions for a whole family.The parcels will be distributed to Letcee communities and serve as a relief nutrition source in emergency situations.There was a special time too for children from one of the communities monitored by Letcee - they had fun playing, painting and a healthy meal of fruit and sandwiches. Poverty is a harsh reality in this area resulting from poor education access and outcomes, skills deficit and unemployment, disease, and even violence. It is vital that action be taken to alleviate this and communities have to work together to do that.If you missed the opportunity to volunteer or contribute on Mandela Day, do not worry, Letcee works in deep rural communities 365 days of the year. The need is always there, regardless of the date. So get involved, be an advocate, volunteer, donate, so communities can be developed where quality early childhood development is the norm. Let's make every day Mandela Day.For more information on Letcee, contact Annika Hayward: on 033 413 2736 or 076 703 6897.