On 18th July Mandela Day was celebrated across South Africa, in memory of the father of the nation, his life and work and what he achieved for both the country and the continent. Global Career Company was no exception, and the team embraced the theme of Education, one of the official themes for 2014. Mandela Day is not just about doing ‘good’ but rather about people applying the themes of the day in a service they chose.
Visiting the New Jersey Nursery School in Cosmo City to donate a mobile library was a fantastic initiative we were able to realise on this important day. The team assembled a “library in a box”- a collection of 120 books, which were shared with children ranging from the ages of 18 months to 6 years. This was a great opportunity to give back to the community, and also recognise the other work we do with Education Africa, who supported us in preparing for this day. The team worked tirelessly to create and pack a box of books in the lead up to the day which whilst hard work was definitely a rewarding experience.
The Global Career Company team treated the children to a refreshment party, which ended with story time from some of the many books donated. Monique Tenderini, who works for Global Career Company as the General Manager for International Operations at the office in Johannesburg, said this about the day, “We received such a warm welcome from the children with a rousing rendition of the South African National Anthem sang by them. Their smiles of delight when we opened the box and they realised they were getting their own library of books will stay with us for a long time to come”.
Mandela Day marks the life and achievements of someone who touched the lives of millions of people across the world. Friday 18th July (Mnadela’s birthday) is the opportunity to celebrate Tata Madiba’s legacy by inspiring ourselves and others to make changes for a better world.
Take a look at some of our pictures from the day, or visit our website and find out more about the work we do with Education Africa, a truly amazing charity that assists disadvantaged South Africans in their quest to obtain high quality and relevant education: