Besides necessary items like blankets, clothes and food, needy children will get the most important gift of all on Nelson Mandela Day – time invested in them.
SPENDING time with orphans from various homes in Orange Farm is one of the many activities that the City has drawn up for Mandela Day.
The City, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Lovelife, Campaign for Girls, and Cheesekids, will present gifts to orphans on Friday, 15 July at the Orange Farm Multipurpose Centre.
Mandela Day activities
City regions and departments will be all out visiting children's homes and doing good for humanity on 18 July, Mandela Day. Read more.
“Hundreds of children between the ages of six and 18 years will be spoilt like never before. They will each receive a goodie bag containing fleece blankets, story books, and winter hat and scarves,” said Gugu Mathibela, a City spokesperson.
Joburg will run its Nelson Mandela Day activities over several days. Between Saturday and Monday, 18 July, it will donate blankets and school uniforms to vulnerable children, and it will take time to feed, bath and care for bedridden patients.
In 2009, the United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day to recognise the 67 years that he spent in serving humanity and fighting for freedom and justice.
On this day, a global call is made to inspire communities, organisations and individuals to change the conditions around them, and spend 67 minutes doing something for the greater good. Mandela turns 93 on July 18.
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