Take action on MANDELA DAY

2015-06-30 06:00
Hactand#039;s Jess Southey and Bongi Phongula with crocheted squares that will be used to yarn-bomb the tree.
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Hactand#039;s Jess Southey and Bongi Phongula with crocheted squares that will be used to yarn-bomb the tree. Photo: Supplied

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THIS Mandela Day, Saturday 18 July, Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) invites the Upper Highway community to give their 67 minutes of service in the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic.

Hact will host a Mandela Day Market on Saturday from 9am to 2pm at their site - 26 Old Main Road. The Woza Moya craft shop, Izingadi Zethemba Plant Nursery, Truly Grounded coffee shop, a pop-up tea garden and local craft providers will be in attendance.

The Jacaranda tree at the front of Hactand#039;s property will be yarn-bombed to create a colour talking point of Hillcrest. Funds raised will go towards its income generation projects and the ongoing care of the patients in the Respite Unit through our Adopt-a-Bed campaign.

Mandela Day is a global movement that encourages people to give 67 minutes of their time (or more) to help those less fortunate, a legacy that Mandela left for us to follow. 67 is the number of years Mandela served South Africa. Hact encourages people, families, churches and businesses to engage in the following ways on Mandela Day or any day in the week leading up to Mandela Day:

· Make a donation towards the work in the respite unit and income generation projects. Hact relys on the generosity of donors for it’s survival. Donations can be made via the website using a credit card at www.hillcrestaids.org.za in person or via banking transfer (details on the website). All donations are tax deductible and Hact is BBBEE registered and Section 18A registered.

· Attend the Mandela Day Market on 18 July and shop up a storm. One’s shopping will assist local crafters living with HIV to put food on their table and adhere to their treatment.

· Sort through your wardrobe and then drop off second-hand clothing. Offer to collect clothes from your friends and family too.

Hact particularly needs good quality clothing for children (toddler to teens) and young adults (small and medium sizes), and branded clothing. These clothes will be distributed through our clothing scheme which provides an income for 20 families and gives their communities access to affordable clothing.

· Spring-clean your house and collect unwanted items - furniture, toys, curtains, crockery, cutlery, kitchenware. Drop it off at the centre and they will be sold in our second-hand shop to bring in an income for our projects.

· Purchase canned foods or non-perishable items or toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, tissues, adult nappies, soap, moisturiser, deodorant) to donate to our feeding scheme and respite unit. Hact feeds 41 families with food parcels every two weeks and our respite unit cares for 24 patients. If one is keen to stick to the 67 theme - buy 67 items.

· Bring friends, families or colleagues to the centre to have a HIV test. It is free and takes roughly 20 minutes per person. Hact wants to create a South Africa in which everyone knows their status.

As Mandela said: and#034;It is in your hands to make a difference.and#034; By taking part in Mandela Day, you are part of a local and global transformative movement for good.

Contact Rebekka Stredwick or Lloyd Mackenzie in the Hact marketing and fundraising team if you would like to confirm your involvement or request­ further information. Email marketing@hillaids.org.za or phone 031 765 5866

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