“All people smile in the same language.” (Author unknown)
18 July brought smiles to many faces this year as both the givers and receivers shared in the joy of Mandela Day.
JAM SA was privileged to join hands with a number of corporate partners who gave of their time and resources to make a number of children who attend JAM-supported child care centres across the country feel extra special on the day.
IT service management company, Pink Elephant, spent the morning at Kgotso Day Care Centre in Itsoseng, Johannesburg, playing with the children and handing out toys and winter woolies. They were also able to help to feed the children their breakfast – JAM SA’s highly nutritious CSS+ porridge.
Learners from Hillkruin Montessori in Midrand visited Bambi Day Care in Diepsloot and it was a touching scene as the children played together. They gave the children lunch and handed out bags of goodies too – some even bigger than the children themselves!
More children were in for a surprise when Liqui Moly, manufacturer of motor oils, additives and car care, arrived with beanies and sweetie packs! The company also put up shade netting at Bambi Day Care.
In KwaZulu-Natal, 150 children who attend JAM-supported child care centres were treated to a day of fun and treats thanks to Shoprite. Many saw the sea for the very first time!
Insurance specialists, Marsh South Africa embarked on two big projects in Johannesburg this Mandela Day: Revamping one and completely resurrecting another JAM-supported child care centre. Bokamoso Day Care in Diepsloot was given a fresh lick of paint, new jungle gym, brightly coloured flooring and beautiful wall mural.
Earlier this year, Badisa Day Care in Lion Park was ravaged by a fire in which the owner’s three-month-old grandchild died. Marsh offered to fund an Extreme Makeover after hearing this story and new pre-fabricated classrooms were erected. On Mandela Day, a whole team of Marsh staff descended upon the school to paint the centre from top to bottom and brighten up the learning environment for the children.
Finally, DRA Mineral Projects donated some goodies and blankets, which were distributed to children in Zandspruit. Beyers Chocolates gave JAM SA some chocolates that were shared out amongst the projects. Also distributed at some of the projects were beanies – perfect for the chilly day – that had been hand-knitted by Elize Cronje.
A huge thank you to everyone who made Mandela Day 2013 possible and we look forward to inviting more individuals and corporates to share in the joy next year, spreading smiles across South Africa.
“A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes buy a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever” (Anonymous).