International Mandela Day

July 18 2012

There are few people who have not been inspired by the compassion and forgiveness shown by Mr Nelson Mandela.

He continues to influence people around the world with his annual call, urging everyone to adhere to the ethical framework of “service to one’s fellow human” on 18th July, International Mandela Day. The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.

In honour of Mandela Day, spearheaded by the HR Department of RSV ENCO, staff visited the INTOMBI SHELTER FOR GIRLS (The House) in Berea, Johannesburg.

INTOMBI SHELTER which was established in 1995 provides a temporary home for homeless girls under the age of 19, offering them safety and care for a few months, while allowing social welfare systems prepare them for future referral, or preferably, reintegration into their families.

INTOMBI SHELTER receives a minimum subsidy from the government and was identified as the cause which RSV ENCO wanted to support this year’s Mandela Day. Contributions included donations from RSV ENCO employees as well as items the Shelter needed such as bedding, food, heaters, board games, and clothing.

The RSV ENCO team received a warm welcome from staff and girls as they arrived with their gifts. After a tour of the facilities, all gathered in the living room to sing Happy Birthday to Madiba.

The Shelter’s celebratory show – comprising poem reading, dancing, and singing – was the highlight of the day. After the festivities RSV ENCO revealed an extra treat for the girls– McDonald’s burgers!

RSV ENCO realises that the Shelter requires continued support – and not just on Mandela Day! The company is considering sponsoring school transport for the girls who have to walk from Berea to Auckland Park to attend school, followed by the long return walk “home” to the Shelter.

RSV ENCO supports the Madiba challenge:

“Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”