Mandela Day Report Back

July 27, 2016

Just a small update for all of our members who could not make it.

We’d like to extend our thanks to every person and organisation who donated their time, money and efforts to making Mandela Day at the centre so special. These are the activities that took place:

Our Lady of Fatima Parish get their hands dirty in the garden

We had Youth from South Hills Our Lady of Fatima Parish visit, who dedicated themselves to give helping hands for two days (14th and 15th of July 2016). The Youth were led by Auntie Bev to do the flower gardening. Auntie Bev looked after all of them and she left a great impression on the children who said they will never forget Auntie Bev for making them work so hard.

Purple Group put their elbows in with the cleaning and painting

On Saturday the 16th of July 2016, the representatives from Purple Group came to the centre and did all the cleaning at the centre. It was such a lovely day and it was great to see the donors with their children and partners helping out for such a good cause. Mr. Danie Ferreira was also present to assist and put the curtain rails back together with Gary and Carlos, well done team! Danie was also kind enough to sponsor the drinks for Monday’s big day.

On Mandela Day itself, 4 Purple Group people painted the library and cleaned up before going home.

Family celebrates 6 year old’s birthday

We had a lovely surprise from a family who came to celebrate their 6 year old boy’s birthday. They brought a jumping castle for the kids to enjoy. The Purple Group helped to assemble the Jumping Castle and make sure they were safe and protected. It was joyful to see how people have so much love and charity in their hearts.

Friends unite

On Sunday night, we had a committed team who could not come on Monday – Mrs Vanessa King, Mr Richard: a friend of the centre, Aunty Celeste and Brother Mathew: a previous board member of the centre; all worked hard to proof read presentations. Note that all this was done at night and we had so much fun – as we call it a “night shift team” who committed themselves for the centre. Well done!

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

In preparation for Mandela Day, we had 3 youths from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein come to clean and make sure the place was nice and tidy for Mandela day when we were expecting all the visitors.

Mr Carlos and Friends

The same Sunday, we had a surprised visit from Mr Carlos and friends, who managed to bring us the items that were on our wish list. The new friends showed us so much love that we were in tears. It was heart-warming to see that there are people out there who have charity in their heart. We have tinned food, pampers, milk – you name it! Everything that a child needs was brought. We have confidence that people have a good heart and trust in our work.

Caxton Group sponsors an advert and more

We would like to extend our thanks to all the readers of the Southern Courier, Alberton Record and the Camaro Newsletter; and to Caxton Group and their Journalist – Linda (who is young man, full of life), who made the time to put together an article for the Look Forward Creativity Centre. It helped to gain awareness in the area, and to help promote all the companies who helped us on Mandela Day and make the legacy of Tata Madiba known. The children greatly benefitted from everyone’s generosity.

We are so grateful for the advert they put in the newspaper for free – we could not have met these people today if it was not for their networking and the awareness they created for us. We now have many people and friends who have committed themselves to help us, not only once, but continuously until the maintenance is finished.

The Caxton group manager also brought, toys, clothes, blankets and other accessories. The Caxton group also managed to collect cash for us to the amount of R 8 550.84 that will be deposited in our account. We will be building lasting relationships with the Caxton group. Thank you!

The Glen Shopping Centre

The Glen shopping Centre was also part of the Caxton group, and the Manager who came agreed that Mandela day is not only a one day event for assistance and volunteers must commit themselves for a long period to come, after everyone as finished their Mandela day chores. They can now make sure what was not been done and they have committed to doing the maintenance of the centre from Saturday the 29th and Sunday until the maintenance is finished. We’re very excited about this!

McCormick South Africa

On the 23rd of July, McCormick South Africa came to the centre to paint the outside and inside wall. The colours are so vibrant that every person in the community is talking about it. We thank them for the sponsorship and they have also committed themselves to do fundraising for the school fees for the children for next year. We’re very excited!


Clover from City Deep brought the children yoghurt, milk, viennas, bread rolls, butter, water and custard.


Representatives from the following divisions helped out:

  • Netcare Union
  • Netcare Clinton
  • Netcare Mulbarton
  • Netcare 911
  • Netcare Milpark

Discovery Financial Consultants – JHB South

Mr and Mrs Kettle

Mr and Mrs Kettle were kind enough to donate a washing machine.

Danga Security Group

The owner of the Company, Mr Gavin and is wife Mrs Sharon De Agrela pledged to donate the services of a security guard for a two year period from the 1st of August. We are also very excited that the security camera will be upgraded at the centre.



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