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18th Jul 2013 at 2:15 pm #34554
Greetings of Peace
The day has finally arrived; the world waited with trepidation and anxiety but by Almighty’s Grace, Honourable Madiba will celebrate his 95th anniversary with South Africans, Africans and the world. We pray for his health and healing as there is no weapon more powerful than sincere prayer.
The spirit of volunteerism is palpable as corporates, professionals, government, civil servants and ordinary citizens hasten forward to share their spirit of Ubuntu, to give of their person and possessions, their time and their money, their heart and their soul purely for the purpose of upliftment of fellow human. Whether we wipe a tear, caress the head of an orphan, heal a scar, say a kind word, mend a broken heart, teach, educate, give hope, feed, clothe, provide warmth or shelter, we have done something meaningful. It’s not how rich or poor we may be economically, it’s how rich or poor our soul may be that dictates how we will serve fellow human.
Gift of the Givers is rolling out several programmes in South Africa on Mandela Day but the flagship project is the establishment of houses for 69 families living on the banks of the Jukskei River in Alexandra. People here have repeatedly suffered the tragedy of floods, had their homes destroyed, lost possessions and even lives. Mandela Day and indeed disaster intervention, which is the hallmark of Gift of the Givers, requires a measured, efficient response.
Mandela Day is about co-operation, about working together in harmony, about finding solutions together as a community and a nation. “Project Higher Ground” as the Alex project is called has brought out the best in people. Gauteng Provincial Government, Johannesburg City Council, Disaster Management, community leaders, donors, media and Alex residents have demonstrated what we as South Africans can do as a nation for one another. In 15 days, 15 aesthetic, fire resistant, water resistant houses were built. These are based on our Khayelitsha prototype that was designed in response to the New Year’s Day shack fires.
The Johannesburg City Council donated land generously to the Alex project, worked with our teams in grading the land, removed tons of rubble, installed water services and had personnel available 24/7 to see to our every need. Additional land has been given for a creche and food gardens. Tomorrow is a celebration of that co-operation on site with a symbolic one hour “formal” programme. The Minister of Water Affairs, Ms BEE Molewa, as keynote speaker, together with Ms. B.M. Ntuli, Deputy Minister of Social Development and Mr. Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will be the chief guests. There will be input from Mr. Vuyani Jarana of Vodacom (sponsored 15 houses) and the CEO of the Post Office (sponsored 5 houses). Houses have also been sponsored by Spectron and Liquid Air.
Guests start arriving at 8am. The programme runs between 8.30 and 9.30am and thereafter it’s volunteerism in action. Building continues as our target is 69 houses; trees will be planted; 5000 people will be fed on site; 2000 children will be given sweet packs and entertained by jumping castles; 1000 hygiene packs, 300 blankets and winter items and 300 food parcels will be distributed. All these activities will be volunteer driven. It is anticipated that the completed housing village will officially be opened by President Zuma at a date to be announced.
Those wanting to participate through financial contributions can deposit into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account No. 052137228, Branch Code 057525 or sms “GIFT” to 30100 from your Vodacom number or to 42600 from other networks and choose a figure between R10 and R200 for your contribution, eg. GIFT R15. For details call toll-free 0800 786 777.
We wish South Africa and the world a great Mandela Day tomorrow.
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18th Jul 2013 at 2:19 pm #34555
Additional Mandela Day Projects
In addition to our flagship Mandela Day Housing Project in Alexandra we are doing the following additional projects:
1.R1 million Expansion at the Adelaide Tambo School for the Physically Challenged. R700 000 of this has been sponsored by the Memon Association of South Africa for the addition of 4 classrooms, toilets and teachers staff room. Substantial construction has taken place already. Over the last few years Gift of the Givers has invested in excess of R2 million in this school.
2.Distribution of 67 Food Parcels each in partnership with Liquid Air in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Durban and Johannesburg.
3.Distribution of food hampers, hygiene packs and blankets with KPMG at the Verulam Frail Care Centre.
4.Distribution of similar items at Ixopo, Richmond Clinic, Phoenix, Umsinga and Sobantu.
5.Distribution of 69 food parcels to the 69 potential home owners at Alex in partnership with Vodacom who have also sponsored R600 000 towards the construction of the new houses.
6.Setting up of 4 television screens in Ward H1 in Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg for the benefit of in-patients.
All hygiene packs in ALL distributions throughout South Africa sponsored by Unilever.
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