Mandela Day.....an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July (on Mandela's birthday...and mine!!). The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, since then it has been celebrated every year worldwide. MINI Drivers SA organised a Charity event for Mandela Day together with all the crazy MINIacs out there on the 20th of July 2013. MINIacs from all over South Africa gathered on Saturday morning at Auto Alpina MINI in Boksburg. Thank goodness for the warm fresh coffee and the muffins, because it was a bit cold that morning. At about 10:00 we all left in a big convoy on our way to the Amakhaya/Rethabile Children's and Community Project, situated in Lenasia Johannesburg. The Home is managed and founded by the retired couple Joyce Naicker and her husband. The home was founded in 1994 as a NPO that would take in children who are in need, due to various circumstances.
There are currently 16 children at the home aged, between 3 and 22. The organisation depends on donations from the local community and was overwhelmed with all the food, clothes, fruit, toys, blankets and all the other goodies that they received from all the MINIacs.
On arrival the event was opened with a prayer followed by the National Anthem. Everyone put their hands together and painted the bedrooms for the boys and girls, whilst other fired up the grill to feed all the participants and the children 🙂
Click here to watch a video on MINI Drivers SA's website of some of the MINI's travelling to Lenasia. Remmone from MINI Drivers SA said the aim was to break the record of the largest parade of MINI's in Africa. We were only 91 MINI's, that's just 9 away from the breaking the record....so close!!!
At the Amakhaya home they work with orphans, vulnerable children and women with drugs and alcohol abuse problems. The organisation also works with the community focusing on building stronger families so that they can build better communities. Joyce also said the mission of the home is based on Isaiah 58:12 which reads: Go out and rebuild the community, restore, repair and unite...and that is exactly what Joyce and her husband are doing.
Auto Alpina MINI also had a competition for Mandela Day on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The facebook winner was @Big_Kabz and the twitter winner was...*drum roll*.....ME....yay!!! Thank you Auto Alpina for having the competition!!
If you want to view some of the photos of the event, go check out Skye Photography's facebook page....lots of pics!!
It was a lot of fun driving around town with all the MINIacs whilst putting charity first!
Until next year 🙂