Giving Generously - Mandela Day 2019
Nelson Mandela “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Yesterday morning the Girls’ Prep and Boys’ Prep combined for a Mandela Day Service. The boys and girls were encouraged to bring ‘gently used’ clothing for children as well as foodstuffs that could be distributed to number of identified charitable organisations.
The main speaker on the morning was Ms Swati Dlamini, who is the daughter of Zamaswini Mandela-Dlamini and granddaughter of Tata Nelson Mandela, as well as being a St Stithians mom. She encouraged our girls and boys to make every day a Mandela Day, and it can be done in small everyday activities. The proceeding then sang the song “Asimbonanga” in remembrance of both Johnny Clegg and Nelson Mandela.
Mrs Lorraine Tebbutt, (Boys’ Prep PTA) then introduced Sam Toweel from Growing Champions and Megan Botha from Beanies for Beings, who would be receiving the donations that had been gathered. These ladies briefly explained the work that their organisations do with people in need. Rev Dix Sibeko also introduced Rev Phezile Koekoe from the Diepsloot Methodist Church, who would also be receiving donated articles.
We thank our boys and girls for being so generous, our speakers for the encouragement, the class mothers for assisting with the packing and transporting of donations and to Rev Dix and Rev Leah for co-ordinating the morning.
Picture credit: Girls' Prep Photography Club, Sean Ward and Gavin Olivier