JAM SA celebrated Mandela Day with a number of makeovers and parties held across the country and included clowns, superheroes and local celebrities.
In Johannesburg, the day kicked off at the KFC Head Offices in Bryanston where JAM staff members were on hand from early in the morning to help set up food-packing stalls. This was in anticipation of KFC staff and other volunteers who would pack boxes as part of Add Hope’s 67-minute challenge.
By the end of the day, KFC staff, assisted by JAMbassadors Chris Jaftha and Luyanda Mzazi and their celebrity friends, former Miss SA Liesel Laurie, singer LeAnne Dlamini and funny man Sivuyile “Siv” Ngesi managed to pack 1 000 boxes in the allocated time!
The boxes were distributed to families in Eikenhof later in the week where they were gratefully received.
In Ivory Park, makeover supervisor Bernie van Rensburg was on hand at Isolezwe Day Care to assist staff volunteers from Marsh to beautify the centre. Our dedicated artist Michelle Hallett was also on the scene to give artistic direction and the transformation was celebrated with a typical handover party.
“The Marsh staff really enjoyed getting stuck in to create a wonderful space for the children,” said JAM SA donor relations officer Sindile Kubayi.
The Spur Foundation got on board this year and held a number of parties in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Volunteers arrived in full force, some dressed as clowns, superheroes or Spur mascots and flipped burgers, decorated cupcakes and spoilt the children with T-shirts, bags and more.
But, more importantly, their partnership does not stop there and they have launched the Full Tummy Fund as part of their commitment to the children of South Africa. “The Full Tummy Fund is a programme that focuses on both Early Childhood Development (ECD) and nutrition for children from disadvantaged communities up to the age of six,” said Tara van Schalkwyk , the foundation’s manager.
“We see our efforts in the sector as the beginning of a long and, we hope, fruitful journey. Working with a partner like JAM International broadens our reach into the communities that they serve and into aspects of development that we would never be able to achieve alone,” she said.
JAM SA wants every day to be a Mandela Day – which is what we achieve by giving children a highly nutritious meal each morning.
Thank you to all those who assist us to make a difference each and every day!