18 July, which we all know is Mandela Day, marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela – a special time and a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times as well as to translate his legacy into action.
Throughout the year, uShaka Marine World is involved in many CSI initiatives and is constantly on the look out to do their bit to end poverty, social injustice, as well as bring joy to those less fortunate than themselves. Not only did uShaka partake in activities at the park on Mandela day but also beyond.
Kick starting the day, uShaka Marine World staff, tenants and volunteers set out to make 5 000 sandwiches in Arena 5 between 9am–2pm. On the Day, 100 children from the the St Vincent Children’s Home, Mariannhill, were also invited to spend the day at uShaka where they were treated to breakfast by Village Walk tenant Wimpy, as well as received school shoes donated by Ntenga Foundation.
Once staff and volunteers completed the sandwich making process, these sandwiches were then delivered to a number of local charities and schools within the greater Durban area that cater to those living in underprivileged households.
Also during the morning, the uShaka team headed off to three local crèches in the Point area, that of The Nest, Little Heroes and Carmenello day care centre, to feed the little ones with a hot meal.
If that wasn’t enough, just after lunch, uShaka Marine World staff directed up by Dr Stella Khumalo, uShaka Marine World’s CEO, then headed off to Jabulani South Help Centre in Mariannhill which forms part of a critical outreach programme and where many of the poorest of the poor reside as well as many child headed households.
A collection was started weeks prior where all uShaka Marine World staff donated clothing and food for those living there which was driven by the CEO, Khumalo, who has provided personal support over the past number of years. All items collected as well as school shoes, again donated by the Ntenga Foundation, were delivered to the outreach HQ. A big birthday cake with 100 candles added to the celebration of Mandela Day together with the uShaka Mascots providing the entertainment.