Mandela Day Celebrations

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Every year in South Africa, we celebrate the birth of the man who ushered our country into the modern age way back in 1994. Nelson Mandela (born July 18th, 1918) may have left us in 2013 but his legacy lives on and we still look to his example to negotiate the inevitable obstacles that have come with our modern times.

One of the many initiatives that has evolved over the ages is the tradition of donating 67 minutes on Mandela Day to making the world a better place for those less fortunate. This magic number refers to the amount of years he spent in active political service, a minute for every year served.

Donating 67 minutes of your time to a charity, project or initiative which uplifts others has been taken up by individual and corporates around the country – with many large corporations offering this time off (and sometimes more) for their employees to go out and do what they have pledged themselves to.

What Are We Doing About Mandela Day at the Thornybush Collection?

As members of the conservation community, charity begins at home for the Collection. It is our duty to protect our environment and all that it contains, which includes surrounding communities.

This year on Mandela Day, the Thornybush Community Projects will be hosting a sports-day on the newly refurbished multi-use sports courts. Students, teachers and parents from the community will be introduced to volleyball, netball and tennis by professional coaches. This is to offer a 'fun day' out for the students and the people in their lives.

One of Nelson Mandela's lesser known quotes says, "Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice" – something we take quite seriously here at the Thornybush Collection.

Our community projects have long been the focus of our efforts to help and support the people in our community. Here is a short break-down of the projects and initiatives we're currently involved in:

Thousand Herbs & Vegetable Gardens

This is our longest standing project and besides offering mentorship, financially is now self-sustaining by offering vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to the safari lodges and stores in the surrounding areas. This garden is a resounding success and is a perfect example of how a small, locally owned business – with the right help can become self-sufficient.

Hananani Primary School

We've had two projects going on at this school this year, both of which have been extremely exciting. The first was the donation, conversion and installation of two shipping containers into classrooms, offering students a dynamic, creative space in which to learn. The second has been the growth and support of Keysman, a key individual who has taken the school garden from strength to strength, and which is now operating as a small business.You can read all about these projects on our blog, here and here.

Wild Shots Outreach

This project is all about environmental education. Its aim is to engage young people in wildlife and nature through photography, offering workshops and then a game drive in the Thornybush Nature Reserve where students can practice their new skills. You can read more about this incredible initiative right here. We often showcase the student photographs on our Facebook Page, so keep an eye on that if you'd like to see the budding talents coming out of this area.

Get in touch if you'd like to get involved in supporting our community gardens or if you'd like to find out more about what we are involved in.


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Monday, 20 January 2020