Mandela Day 2019

It was Nelson Mandela’s 101st birthday yesterday, and we certainly hope he is looking down and seeing how his life inspired so many of us in so many ways.

For WDB, Mandela Day is not only an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on his life and to do something good for others, it’s also about the camaraderie and team work as we prepare to help our chosen charity or organisation.

This year, the team from WDB and WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH) partnered with Fountain for the Thirsty, an NGO that operates in our part of Johannesburg in feeding the hungry and housing the homeless.

The World Economic Forum has stated that South Africa is the most unequal country in the world, and we see the effects of poverty first hand in the work we do as an organisation. In an interview earlier this year, Johannesburg’s executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, pointed out that some 3000 people enter the city every month seeking employment and a place to live. Who can imagine how difficult it is to be homeless and hungry on the streets of Johannesburg, particularly in these winter months when temperatures plummet and there is no shelter from the elements?

Our team of helpers worked side by side to put together hygiene parcels for the homeless and destitute. These parcels are made up of one of each of the following items:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toilet paper (one-ply)
  • Laundry soap bars (i.e. green Sunlight soap bar)
  • Roll-on
  • Sanitary pads
  • Vaseline/cream
  • Facecloth
  • Comb

The staff contributed in two ways – they either brought one or more of the items from home to add to the list of items that we purchased as an organisation and/or they gave their valuable time by assisting with making up the parcels.

It was a day of working together and we know that the hygiene packs will bring some comfort to the many homeless people on our streets.

Mandela Day is about taking action to inspire change, and it felt really good for everyone who contributed and helped out on the day to make a small difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

As our beloved Madiba once said, “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.”

Let us all remember that every day should be Mandela Day, as we count our many blessings and practice gratitude for what we have on a daily basis.