Well the month of July has come and gone and we are pleased to report that we completed our final three “Mandela Month” tasks. We are all blessed to have been able to take part in these initiatives. Well done to the SHA teams that made it all possible.
Othandweni Day Care Centre in Mayibuye
“The Liability Department visited the Othandweni Day Care Centre in Mayibuye last Friday. They spent a couple of hours with the children; painting their faces, playing games and making them animal balloons. They prepared a goody bag for each child containing a packet of chips, juice and sweets. The Centre was presented with heaters for their classrooms, mattresses, blankets, learning charts and various food items, etc. The time spent with the children was fun-filled and an overall enriching experience for all. The smiles on their little faces were priceless” Written by Mukondeleli Masiza(Project Co-ordinator for Liability Area Mandela Day Project.)
Ithuteng Old Age Home Soweto
“FI and A&H were grouped together on their project for Mandela Day. They decided that their “target” would be “the elderly” and played with the idea of creating a vegetable garden for an old age home. Thato Sebola, an intern in FI, identified an old age home in Soweto and along with Mwenda De Jenga (Head: FI Underwriting) and Dries de Witt (Underwriter in FI area) went through one weekend to see where they could “plant their garden”. Arriving there they found an old age home which houses 50 old people and also feeds 290 children after school. They found that Ithutheng Old Age Home was in serious need of various things, vegetables NOT being one of them.
With their Mandela Day team members, they “altered” their goal and decided on rather paving an “activities area” for the elderly at Ithuteng (as requested by Daphne, who is in charge at the Home). They also decided to buy some paint to freshen up the rather dark dining room. From thereon out ideas just snowballed. Mwenda decided to have her mother make curtains for the dining room. All the team members contributed generously from their pockets and beautiful curtains were made. The team went home to see what they could donate from their personal closets resulting in a generous contribution of radios, magazines, puzzles and dominoes to keep the home’s elderly entertained. Dani Honeyman (AH Underwriter) planted some plants into pots to brighten up their garden and the team also purchased some artwork to brighten up their reception. Many of the other donations were used to brighten up their boardroom. The Home relies heavily on volunteers and hence the team decided to make the volunteers’ working environment better too.
On the day the Team served cake and coldrink to the residents of the home which they greatly enjoyed ! With all the team members contributing and coming up with great ideas, this Mandela Day team was able to really brighten up the Friday of their new found family at Ithuteng Old Age Home!” Written by Dries De Witt (FI Underwriter.)
FWC Hospice Hursthill
No stranger to SHA’s Mandela Day Projects in the past, we were once again able to visit FWC Hospice in JHB South West. The Motor Area and Business Development area of SHA decided to spend their Mandela Day entertaining and pampering the patients at the hospice. After serving yummy tea time treats, the Team broke up into groups, some pampering the patients to ease aching joints, some helped the patients do arts and crafts and others played a game or two with the patients. Overall, it was the best 67 plus minutes spent, and a true eye opener to all who participated. What a great job the caregivers at FWC Hospice are doing. Many a time it is a thankless job, therefore we would like to acknowledge the love they put into making the last days of many of these patients, days filled with love and dignity. Remember, doing good is in all our hands.