67 minutes in KEMPTON PARK
The 67 minute celebration of Mandela Day asks that by devoting 67 minutes on the 18th of July each year (one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service) people can make a small gesture of global solidarity with humanity by performing some act of public service.
This year the Kempton Park learners were involved in cleaning the local streets of and providing sandwiches and drinks to the needy.
After the activities, we asked the learners how they felt about the whole experience and these were some of the responses we received:
- “It felt good doing something that you don’t do on a daily basis, knowing that you have made a difference”.
- “It was a wonderful day; we experienced appreciation from the community”.
- “ I enjoyed cleaning for the community”
- “ I remember Tata on this day and what he taught us as a country, UBUNTU”
Many of our learners were motivated about the importance of having a clean environment, and providing a helping hand to those in need.
Nelson Mandela Day – Bellville
This year the Bellville Academy decided to use their 67 minutes to knit a blanket and donate it to someone in need. We were realistic and realized that it could not be done in one day so we have dedicated the entire month of July to this project as we believe everyday should be Mandela Day.
The learners are also encouraged to do their own random acts of kindness in their communities and share it with their fellow learners.
Catchphrases like “Be the change you want to see in the world” and “Everything starts with me” have become regular Academy slogans.
Mandela Day Event PDC
This year it was all fun and games in our Parc Du Cap academy on Mandela Day, when the Parc Du Cap staff in collaboration with MKS (one of the companies in the building), prepared lunch for the learners at I CAN! PDC. This joint initiative was to show the learners that we love and care for them.
As Tata Mandela said “it always seems impossible until it’s done”
We know that some of our learners feel that it is impossible to achieve their goals and dreams due to their disabilities, but on this day we wanted to encourage them and remind them that a winner is a dreamer who never gives up, no matter the circumstances and challenges one might face.
Operations Manager, WC
I Can – Durban North – Nelson Mandela’s 67 Minute drive – 18th July.
“Nelson Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes”
The I Can! team at Durban North rotated their time at the Domino Foundation on July the 18th helping out with the babies, and younger children.
The day opened our eyes (and our hearts) to how so many people are giving love and care to those in society who are most in need of special attention. The staff and management of Domino’s are committed to kindness and respect which we all agree is the ethos Madiba would appreciate us being influenced by.
If you would like to find out more about the Domino Foundation, please visit their website at: