On Monday 18 July, SABC joined with local TV and radio networks for their most challenging Mandela Day Project yet.
A children’s’ home in Daveyton near Benoni was in a serious state of disrepair and desperately needed restoration. Walls had to be scraped and painted, fences built, a garden planted AND a jungle-gym for the kids had to be shipped in and painted. 67 minutes later and 100 hands on deck, the team had hardly scratched the surface of all that needed to be done. A hard day’s work was underway.
Many cuts, bruises and parched throats later, the sun was going down and the work was almost complete. Our reward was instantaneous. The kids (and surrounding residents) looked on with wide-eyed wonder at the transformation, excited and delighted. It was well worth the sacrifice.
Our motivation to carry out this project came from the rich legacy of selfless service passed onto us by Madiba. However, restoring and upgrading this home and refuge for so many gave us an extra bout of inspiration.
Make everyday a Mandela Day, but make Mandela Day an exceptional day.