Mandela Day (July 18th) is a day which honours Nelson Mandela’s birthday and his tremendous legacy of a lifetime of service and is a day on which everyone is encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes in service to others. This year’s Mandela Day was themed #ActionAgainstPoverty and HACT had a Mandela Day sticker campaign leading up to the actual day during which many individuals and companies took up the call to sell stickers to their family, friends and colleagues to raise much needed funds for our Respite Unit.
The day itself was busy at HACT with a generous outpouring of support, love and care from our local community and businesses. St Dominic’s Church and Resource Recruitment were our first visitors of the day and both groups dropped off toiletry hampers for our Respite patients. Woolworths (Hillcrest Corner) was a force to be reckoned with as they rolled up their sleeves to bead a Mandela Face art project, creatively decorated a piece of our fence with their logo, delivered 30 food hampers for our patients and also pounded the pavement to sell an additional 50 stickers in 67 minutes! A team from Marriott brought 24 beautifully wrapped toiletry hampers for those admitted in our Respite Unit as well as cupcakes for all HACT staff and patients. Digital Lab and Top Carpets and Floors brought in assorted goods for our White Elephant shop and clothing scheme. Our nursery staff also enjoyed a training session with Tanya Visser from the Gardeners Magazine which focused on improving germinating methods. The magazine also donated lily bulbs that are currently on sale from our plant nursery.
Constantia Afripak, together with our own Nhlanhla from Woza Moya, created our Mandela Day art work which became the hotspot to take pictures for the rest of the Mandela Month. You can still pop in if you missed out on the day to take pictures with this beautiful art pictured on the right. A number of other big-hearted folks and families also stopped by and brought various items! Thank you to everyone who supported us with Mandela Day in one way or another!