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Mandela Day

The Golden Key International Honour Society South Africa (GK SA) DUT Chapter decided to show some love to the children living with disabilities at the Sparks Estate Cheshire Home in Sydenham, Durban in commemoration of Mandela Day on Saturday, 18 July 2020.

GK SA DUT Chapter Advisor, Ayanda Mthethwa said due to the COVID-19 restrictions they dropped off a scrumptious lunch and goodie bags at the Home to offer their love and support to these children with severe mental and physical disabilities.

She said they would have loved to spend their 67 minutes in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the Home, interacting with the children but had to adhere to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and not put anyone’s life at risk.

The Secretary of the Chapter, Nombulelo Ndlovu reflected on the heritage left by Madiba, explaining why it will continue to motivate them annually to celebrate this day by offering a helping hand to the vulnerable.

“Inspired by Madiba’s legacy of charity and social work to the most marginalised and vulnerable communities, the Chapter focused on children and youth in a disability home. Madiba always advocated for the welfare of children and youth,” said Ndlovu

She said that GK SA DUT Chapter is grateful for all the support it received from both the DUT community and civil society who contributed towards ensuring that the programme becomes a huge success.

Avita Dass, Treasurer of the DUT Chapter said they once again teamed up with Food for Life SA who provided a delicious lunch for the day.

“The Chapter places on record its thanks to DUT’s Student Counselling and Health Department for the support and sponsorship secured. Collectively with donations, we managed to secure fruit baskets, party packs, cupcakes, sweet treat packs and delicious lunch,” stated Dass.

She also said that the staff of the Sparks Estate Cheshire Home were pivotal in ensuring the Programme was a success.

Thobile Ndlanzi, President of the DUT Chapter, expressed her gratitude to the GK SA DUT Chapter, donors, sponsors and well-wishes for their continuous support to the work of the Chapter.

Ndlanzi said: “Well done to the Chapter on a very touching Mandela Programme and on keeping his passion for the advocacy of the welfare of children alive.”

In her closing remarks, the Vice-President of the Chapter, Vedhan Singh urged people to remember Madiba’s teachings as a source of inspiration to ensure a better a life for all.

He said as an academic body they remembered Madiba’s words, where he said that, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’

Singh encouraged people to always be eager to offer a helping hand as Madiba stated that, ‘It is in your hands to make a better world for all who live in it.’

Pic 2: The Golden Key International Honour Society South Africa (GK SA) DUT Chapter team: Thobile Ndlanzi (President), Nombulelo Ndlovu (Secretary) and Vedhan Singh (Deputy President) outside the Sparks Estate Cheshire Home on Mandela Day.

Simangele Zuma

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