Humanitarian Activities

Back to listJul 17, 2011

SGI-South Africa's Community Outreach in Support of Mandela Day

SGI-SA members SGI-SA members delivering goods to the Ithlokomeleng Senior Citizens Home and the Sediba Sathuto Childcare Centre
Hand massage An SGI-SA member offering a hand massage to one of the residents of the Ithlokomeleng Senior Citizens Home

On July 17, members of the Gauteng Chapter of SGI-South Africa delivered donations of food, toys, clothes and other items to the Ithlokomeleng Home (Senior Citizens Home) and Sediba Sathuto (Well of Learning) Childcare Centre in Alexandra Township, a low-income residential area of Johannesburg.

The activity, led by the SGI-SA youth members, was carried out in response to the Nelson Mandela Foundation's international campaign to encourage people to contribute 67 minutes of their time on Nelson Mandela's birthday (18 July) toward a humanitarian cause. The campaign honors Mr. Mandela's 67 years of activism and seeks to create a global movement for good. This year Mr. Mandela celebrated his 93rd birthday.

getting manicures The senior citizens getting manicures

After delivering the donated goods, the SGI-SA members spent the afternoon interacting with the residents of the Ithlokomeleng Home, offering them manicures and shoulder massages, which were much enjoyed by the senior citizens.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-South Africa; photos courtesy of SGI-South Africa]