Mandela Day is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations commemorated on July 18. The day is more than just a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to take his life’s work into a new century and change our world for the better.
Mandela Day asks us all to embrace Madiba’s values and honour his legacy through an act of kindness.
In honor of this day, LANXESS South Africa took part in the Mandela Day celebrations through a large team of volunteers, who embody Mandela’s spirit of selfless giving.
Employees from the chrome mine in Rustenburg took time off from their busy schedules to invest their time at the Grace Help Centre, a non-profit organisation that aims to provide a place of safety for children in crisis.
Over and above the much needed baby products, clothes and educational toys, the LANXESS mine dispatched employees with skills in plumbing and electricity to do general maintenance at the centre. A washing machine was also donated to make laundry an easy task going forward.
Founded 17 years ago the Grace Help Centre provides refuge to abused and abandoned children, from all walks of life and races. The centre also offers counselling to those confronted with challenges of abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, unwanted pregnancies as well as post abortion syndrome and trauma. The Grace Help Centre currently accommodates approximately 30 children between the ages of 0 and 13 years, who are orphaned, neglected and abandoned in the Rustenburg area.
Jessica Engelbrecht, Centre Manager at Grace Help Centre, said, “I am very grateful and humbled by LANXESS’s gesture. As a centre staff, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude, joy and appreciation for the awesome difference LANXESS made in our lives, donating so kindly on Nelson Mandela Day”.
LANXESS employees in Merebank spent their time at the UMlazi Place of Safety, a non-profit organisation that also aims to provide a place of safety for children in crisis.
Over and above the much needed donation of blankets, lunch packs were provided to the 68 children at the place of safety and employees volunteered to assist with the feeding of babies as well as taking care of other chores that care givers get to run with on a day-to-day basis.
The UMlazi place of safety provides a residential facility caring for children and youth. It also provides support for orphans as well as other vulnerable children, ensuring that they have shelter, clothing and food to eat and that their basic needs are met, including assisting them with their homework. The centre takes care for boys from birth to 5 years of age and girls from birth to 17 years of age, who can stay for a maximum period of 6 months before a place of safety is found for them.
LANXESS employees from the Greenstone office’s invested their time at Ratang Bana, a non-profit organisation that aims to support and empower orphaned and HIV infected children. The centre also gives the community of Alexandra a chance to upward mobility by providing food parcels to families and children.
LANXESS employees spent their time with the children and brought lunch while others took care of some of the usual chores.
Ratang Bana is situated in Alexandra township, one of the areas in Gauteng affected by issues such as high population density, poor infrastructure and a high unemployment rate.