Mandela DayOn Sunday, 18 July 2010, the world celebrated the 92nd birthday of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The United Nations General Assembly has recently adopted a text declaring 18 July as an International Day to be observed annually starting in 2010. This year, Nelson Mandela Day will be recognised for the first time as an annual international day of humanitarian action in celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy.

Mandela with Kids

Photo supplied by Debbie Yazbek of Yazbek Photography

MySchool supports Mandela Day: Donation of school wear to 92 children

SAA flew 92 children (to celebrate 92 years of Madiba’s life) from the Qunu and Mvezo villages in the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Foundation on Saturday 17 July to sing happy birthday to Madiba. The 92 children also presented him with birthday cards signed by the plane’s passengers.

MySchool (through the Thuso School Fund) is honoured to be a part of this event. We have donated Woolworths school wear, shoes, socks, underwear, warm tops and edible goodies for each child to take home in a lovely canvas bag. The kids were thrilled with their gifts, the party at the foundation, the beautiful cakes, and most of all the opportunity to sing for Nelson Mandela.

 “In association with retail partner Woolworths, MySchool is honoured to be able to provide these children with essential winter and school clothing, as well as share with them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of meeting Madiba in person,” says Pieter Twine, general manager of MySchool.

Patiently waiting to get onto their first flight!

Teacher from Qunu with the 92 excited children

My first flight ever!

Children receive their clothing hampers from MySchool and Woolworths

MySchool and Woolworths team at the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Yummy - delicious cakes for Mandela

In the words of Former President Mandela, “It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.”