Milpark Education on International #Mandela Day
Mandela Day has never been just another day at Milpark Education and it has become customary for our staff and students to devote their time in helping and developing others. Thus, as a tribute to Madiba and his legacy, staff in our three campuses rolled up their sleeves for 67 minutes and went out to their respective communities to lend a helping hand to those in need.
According to the United Nations (UN), by devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Tata Madiba’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.
The message behind Mandela Day, said the Nelson Mandela Foundation via their website, was simple: everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.
The Milpark Cape Town team adopted the We Care Centre as the annual beneficiary of the Santa Shoebox drive. The month of July 2017 was used to continue fundraising efforts for the centre. The Cape Town team arranged raffles, cake sales, a boerie day and even a piñata to raise funds. As a result of these initiatives, R3200 has been raised for the centre and our chief executive officer, Julian van der Westhuizen agreed that Milpark would match this amount, making our contribution to the centre R6400 in total.
Hundreds of people in Johannesburg are unable to get access to food, while countless meals are thrown away each day. Melville staff challenged the problem on Mandela Day. Employees at the Melville Campus brought an extra meal (a sandwich or cooked meal from the previous night) and delivered these meals to Mooipoort Revival Centre - a feeding scheme for children in dire need of food and clothing.
The Durban team contributed by making hotdogs for a ‘Mandela Day Party’ hosted by Purdy Brown for children from broken homes or with single parents. Purdy has taken it upon herself to feed these children on a daily basis. She cooks meals such as pap and chicken and soups and stews, and make sandwiches for them to take to school as they often have no food for lunch.
Jerome Davies, Milpark Education's chief operating officer says Mandela Day calls on South Africans, and the world, to do something for 67 minutes on July 18 to make the world a better place. “We are proud to be able to participate and in our small way make a difference to the lives of people. Mandela Day is a good reminder to take the time to give back, not just today, but every day, and that is something we are passionate about.”
31 Jul 2017