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International Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July and the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet team,  together with our partner Woolworths, have joined hands with South African Airways and the Nelson Mandel Foundation to make this day a little bit brighter for 93 children from across the country.

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, encouraging people to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” 

SAA has been the official carrier for the Mandela family for many years. This year, building on the success of the Mandela Day campaign that MySchool and Woolworths we did with them in 2010, the companies worked together again to highlight the legacy of Tata Madiba. SAA have also this year branded many of their planes, including international carriers, with the Nelson Mandela Day logo.

This year, in celebration of Madiba's 93rd birthday, they flew 93 children from across all 9 provinces to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. This would be the first time that many of these children, aged between 9 and 15, would leave their home town. It would also be the first time that any of them would fly in a plane! The experience would prove to be one that broadens their horisons...

saa chairperson cheryl carolus with learnersbirthday cake

ABOVE LEFT: SAA Chairperson Ms Cheryl Carolus met with learners from accross the country at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Each of the learners received a hamper from MySchool and Woolworths containing essential items such as school shoes, uniforms and socks.

ABOVE RIGHT: Birthday cake for Nelson Mandela. Yummy.

Ms Cheryl Carolus, SAA Chairperson, chatted to the learners, asking them what they know about Madiba. These were some of the responses:

"He stopped Apartheid in South Africa"helene brand student from durban girls high gcina hlophe

"He was our first democratic president"

"His name means trouble maker"

At the foundation the learners were treated to a special reading of the new shortened and kid-friendly version of the Long Walk To Freedom. It was clear that the story of Nelson Mandela's life was as inspiring as always, as learners listened intently to the story teller, Ms Gcina Hlope (RIGHT).

MySchool and Woolworths made sure that the 93 children did not go home empty handed. Each child received a special hamper containing essential clothing items, like school shoes, socks, underwear, pants and a shirt as well as a cooler bag lunch box filled with yummy items.

We encourage all people to "make every day Mandela day" by getting a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card and supporting a worthy school or charity.

(RIGHT: Helene Brand, Marketing Manager for MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, with a learner from Durban High School, and the storyteller Gcina Hlophe, who read the picture illustrated version of Long Walk to Freedom to all children who attended the event. )




hampers for kids from woolies and myschoolblowing the candles

ABOVE LEFT: Hampers of Woolworths clothing, school shoes and lunch bags for each child, sponsored by MySchool and Woolworths.

ABOVE RIGHT: Learners blow out the 93 candles after signing happy birthday.

(Photos by Mikail Hansa, Hansa Photography, )

kids waiting for the party to beginposing with madiba statue

ABOVE LEFT: Learners wait patiently for the party to begin.

ABOVE RIGHT: Learners wave as they pose with a life-size statue of Nelson Mandela at the Mandela Foundation.

(Photos by Mikail Hansa, Hansa Photography, )