After experiencing Saturday’s events it became clear that those wonderful children were teaching me life-skills too!
- Lester-Mark

Event details

18 July 2018

10:00 - 13:00

Greenpoint Park

Explorer Educare

Madiba Magic in the Park!

MANDELA DAY is about celebrating Madiba's life and legacy. What better way to do that, than to celebrate with young children - who are the future of our country.

Together with "The Body Shop" we created a magical day in Green Point Park for 20 children from Explorer Educare (in Blue Downs, Mfuleni).
A very imaginitive face painter, Jasmine, and a very gifted magician, Jacques le Seuer, joined us for a day of fun and enchantment.

When we asked the lovely Martha, the founder of "Explorer Educare", what her children have been wishing for, her reply was simply to go visit the Green Point Park. They are not able to visit the barren playground in their area as it is situated in a dangerous neighbourhood and is completely dilapidated. As we drove past the jungle gym area we also noticed that the actual swings had been removed from their frames.

Martha's kids were so excited at the prospect of a big "Golden Arrow" bus coming to fetch them. They could hardly contain their enthusiasim as the bus arrived. After receiving beautiful long sleeve tops sponsored by the Spur Foundation, they ventured onto the bus and the adventure began.

Upon entering the city the children's attention was drawn towards the big, grey sky-scrapers and Table Mountain's magnificent presence.
"The Body Shop" volunteers welcomed the little ones with big smiles and took them hand-in-hand to explore the wonders of the park.

The magic show took our breath away! Jacques was able to let things disappear and reappear out of thin air. Whilst Jasmine was adding fantasy to the park by creating little spidermen, princesses, batmen etc. with her face-paint.

The children worked up quite an appetite by having a ball on the swings, see-saws, slides and monkey bars...

"Spur", as always, made sure that the little bellies were refueled. Delicious, juicy burgers and fries for everyone! Thank You "Spur" for being a part of the day's Madiba Magic.

At the end of the event "The Body Shop" spoilt Martha and her edu-carers with amazing, fruity and nourishing body products. Thank you so so much! It is so important to acknowledge and pamper those who always put others first. The kiddies also received fun party packs and when the day grew to an end one could see that a familiarity between the kids and their volunteers had been established. Thank you Body Shop for giving us your time and wonderful energy.

Thank you Luke for capturing beautiful moments of the day and showing some curious, little future photographers some camera tricks.

A heartfelt thank you to the HCI Foundation, Golden Arrow, Truworths, Spur Foundation and the NLC. What a difference a day makes!

*The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.

Pictures from the day