Mandela Day was launched in 2009 via a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly, in recognition of Madiba’s tireless efforts to address the world’s social injustices.
This year, Mandela Day was all the more significant, as it was the first time we recognised this special day without the inspirational man behind it all.
Several Stuttaford Van Lines branches took up the Mandela Day challenge on 18 July to donate at least 67 minutes of their time in service of others:
Mandela Day challenged many of us to step outside of our comfort zones. Some of the team at our PE branch did just that – they faced their worst fears (needles) and donated some much-needed blood to the South African National Blood Service. Did you know that up to three lives can be saved with every blood donation?
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In a joint effort, these two branches collected and delivered a number of blankets, which were then handed out by
Pastor Gaston Nicholas and his team from the South Coast Christian Centre – to a very appreciative community at KwaMakhuta in Amanzimtoti.
The real Mandela Day champion, however, was Verity Pelser, our National Sales Trainer based in Johannesburg. She personally spearheaded a collection of 144 teddy bears, which were donated to The Teddy Bear Clinic of South Africa.
The organisation plays a vital role in helping abused children recover from their ordeals. But why teddy bears? In addition to providing comfort to a child, teddy bears are anatomically similar to us, meaning that children can use them to identify areas of abuse to their counsellors; and younger children often have conversations with their teddies, revealing useful details that can help with the child’s recovery. We’re incredibly proud of Verity’s achievement – she’s an inspiration to all of us!
Congratulations to everyone that embraced the spirit of Mandela Day – we’re sure that it was a rewarding experience, and we look forward to reporting on even greater participation next year.