On 18 July every year, Mandela Day is celebrated all across the globe. On this day, people are encouraged to devote 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of former president Nelson Mandela’s public service – to “make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity”. At Sparrow, we were privileged to see this outpouring of the spirit of Ubuntu in action this year.
Mandela Day 2019 kicked off with the arrival of the non-profit organisation, Thembalethu Development, at 08:30 – with a large chess set in tow. Having a large outdoor chess set available to learners is something we’ve wanted for years, and we are delighted and so grateful to the great bunch of people at Thembalethu Development for making this dream come true!
The second event coincided with a special assembly at the Sparrow Foundation School. At the Assembly, Munich Re handed over a cheque of R30,440, to be used for assistive devices at Sparrow FET College. This generous donation will fund wheelchairs, large stand-up magnifying glasses and wheelchair ramps. The wonderful team at Munich Re, led by Mel Cloete, even arranged 300 cupcakes for Sparrow learners after the assembly, held for Madiba’s birthday.
The organisation responsible for Sparrow’s social media presence, The Social Company, arrived a little later, bearing goodie bag items for the recently held 702 Walk The Talk. The entire team then pitched in, raking different areas of the Combined School and the kale garden. They were energetic and cleared the areas where dust, dirt and leaves had gathered quickly and efficiently. We are grateful for the lovely partnership we have with The Social Media Company.
Our fourth project of the day saw Piza ē Vino staff from different outlets arrive to paint one of our classrooms. With music playing in the background and a lively atmosphere, these generous people did an awesome job.
Marking our last project for Mandela Day, MLC undertook the task of planting vegetables and painting around the computer centre at the Sparrow Combined Technical Skills High School ¬– the entire project was funded by MLC. Again, the team spirit of MLC blew us away, and it was lovely seeing the interaction at the food-and-drinks table after all the hard work. We are grateful for another fabulous partnership.
To all the companies who donated their time and money in order to better the lives of the learners at Sparrow: our heartfelt thanks. Your donations on Mandela Day 2019 will go a long way in ensuring the future of our learners.