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IDC employees serve their 67 minutes for a worthy cause

mandela 67 1IDC employees bring smiles to the faces of children at five Alexandra crèches.IDC employees across all eight regional offices got involved in various Nelson Mandela Day activities in July. For staff based in Sandton, it was an opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of disadvantaged kids.

In line with IDC’s commitment to volunteerism, 140 IDC employees based at the Head Office in Johannesburg participated in various activities in honour of Nelson Mandela.

As part of activities to heed the Nelson Mandela day, in which volunteers give 67 minutes of their time for worthy causes, some employees took time to visit crèches in neighbouring Alexandra, while others joined in the Million Meals Challenge at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Full tummies, smiling faces at Alex crèches

Around 40 IDC employees visited five crèches that are part of Stop Hunger Now's nutrition programme in Alexandra on Friday, 17 July.

At Sikelela Day Care Centre, Mpumelelo Day Care, Unicorn Early Learning, Abazanyane EduCare and Ulwazi Learning Care Centre the volunteers pitched in to play games with the children, helping teachers to organise the children's equipment with others choosing to prepare meals.

While some volunteers spent time drawing pictures and playing games with the children, others took over teaching responsibilities as they helped teachers with some of their day-to-day work. Other volunteers opted to clean up the various learning premises.

Dinah Moshokwa, who for the past three years has been a teacher at Ulwazi Learning Centre, described the IDC's visit as a heart-warming, uplifting experience. "I do not have words to express how happy I am. I am very passionate about these children, so I was truly touched to see IDC volunteers making a difference and putting smiles on the children's faces," said Moshokwa.

'It made me more appreciative of how we live'

mandela 67 2As part of The Million Meal Challenge, IDC employees work together to pack meals.At the Sandton convention centre, about 100 IDC employees took part in the Million Meals Challenge organised by Stop Hunger Now, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the eradication of child hunger, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

A total of 1 202 040 meals were packed during the course of activities. The meals included rice, soya, dehydrated vegetable mix and a fortification pack of 23 essential minerals and vitamins specifically formulated to combat malnutrition.

David Digashu, an IDC volunteer who helped to pack meals for Million Meals Challenge, said, he was privileged to be part of the Mandela Day activities. "It was an honour to do something for the South African community and our national icon, Nelson Mandela. For me, the day was not only to fight poverty but also promote unity and Ubuntu," Digashu said.

mandela 67 5IDC employees were part of the Stop Hunger Now SA meal-packing event held at the Sandton Convention Centre. mandela 67 3Lots of love and hugs from IDC employees for the children of selected Alexandra crèches.



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