A Nelson Mandela School Sleep-out is planned for Friday night, 3 August, at the Nelson Mandela Community Youth Centre in Chatsworth. The sleep-out for 100 senior primary school children with their parents or caregivers will spend the evening at the youth centre till 11pm to discuss important topics and have lots of fun around a bonfire.

The initiative was put together by the youth centre in partnership with the Lenny Naidu Development Institute and Moorton Heights Primary School. The kids together with their parents will spend the evening discussing Nelson Mandela, leadership, volunteering and the environment.

Kasthuri Gounden, an educator at Moorton Heights and one of the organisers, explained how young people can participate in the sleep-out and how the evening will unfold.

“Grade 7 learners, Keenan Pather and Maheshan Naicker, from our school were selected by the ‘Liliesleaf for the Tomorrow Trust’ to organise a sleepover in their community.

“They will use the evening to get everyone to discuss volunteering and helping others, and to donate to a worthy cause.
All participants will bring a realm of A4 paper that they will donate to Spes Nova School for special needs children and a book that can be donated to a library that they are setting up,” said Gounden.

Any primary school learner who wants to be a part of the important and fun sleep-out can contact Clive Pillay on 061 429 2574 or go to their school for a registration form.

Not more than two parents or caregivers are allowed to accompany every learner. The evening will end at 11pm. Food will be provided.