Thursday, 4 June 2015

2015 Mandela Day

2015 Mandela Day Awareness

Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:49 Written by Swagefast Fastening systems

Restoring hope for the hopeless

Swagefast embraces a chance to do good and make a difference in the lives of those who have lost hope. In the build up to Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July, we have got big plans, and we would love to share them with you and encourage you to participate in your own way wherever you are.

There are a lot of homeless children all over the world, these children are without parents and there is no one willing to look after them after their parents have passed on. This problem  has not been often ignored in South Africa as there are homes and shelters where these kids are taken in and looked after. However not all Orphans are willing to live in  shelter, home or orphanage centres. This has resulted in them being homeless and they fill the streets from corners to bridges trying to get warm in winter. While it’s easy to think that being homeless and living on the streets is an easy choice made out of laziness, it clearly isn't the case with these children. With an unemployment rate over 25% no one can afford to take care of them and a poverty rate exceeding 55% makes it all the worst. And as we approach a day that offers South Africans the chance to honour the ethos of Nelson Mandela, we urge everyone to remember that, as members of our communities, Orphans, whether homeless or sheltered deserve the same level of empathy and generosity as everyone else. As the saying goes by Frederick Doughlas  "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe", let us show love to those enforced with poverty.

What can you do to help?

You can participate in helping the needy by doing any of the following:

Donate time
- find a home, shelter or orphanage centre and help feed the children for that day, renovate their home, clean for them.

Donate money
-Find a home with a certain need, you can donate money towards the schooling of the kids who live in that home or towards winter clothing and blankets.

Donate food
-Find a home or community willing to deliver/drop off foodstuffs to the homeless or shelters on the day and give it to them.

Donate toiletries

-Find a home, shelter, orphanage where you can donate toiletries for the children, toothbrushes, soap bars, shampoos, sanitaries, tooth paste etc.

Donate Blankets

- Find a blankets sponsor and deliver them to the homeless kinds or the sheltered children's homes.

Or you can join forces with other companies who already have a plan to do something for the needy.

Items to donate:

  • Energy/Snack Bars
  • Canned Foods (preferably with an opener)
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Kit/Drawstring Bags
  • Soap Bars
  • Shampoos
  • Sanitaries
  • School uniform
  • Winter clothing
  • Blankets
  • Medical assistance

Remember: the most violent element in society is ignorance so be alert and contribute towards bettering a Child's future!

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