67 Minutes of giving back on Nelson Mandela Day

Giving back a little has been something the team at Classic Villas and our management division Nox Rentals have always held close to their hearts. What better opportunity and time to start a project, than 18 July – Mandela Day which celebrates former late President Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

“WHAT COUNTS IN LIFE IS NOT THE MERE FACT THAT WE HAVE LIVED. IT IS WHAT DIFFERENCE WE HAVE MADE TO THE LIVES OF OTHERS THAT WILL DETERMINE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LIFE WE LEAD” – NELSON MANDELA

With this in mind, we gathered clothes, shoes, books, CD’s, DVD’s, board games and many other items and chose a couple of non-profit organisations to donate to. A few ladies in the office made sandwiches and dropped off them off at shelters around town. These are only small gestures, but we hope we contributed our part in making a few belly’s full and faces smile.

Included in our drop offs were the Haven Night Shelter in Green Point and Friends of Valkenberg in Observatory.

The Haven Shelters are dotted all around Cape Town and they feed and house homeless men and women from all walks of life. Throughout the year, they require as much help as possible to keep the shelters running. They are always willing to receive items such as non-perisable foodstuffs, shoes, clothing and toiletries and cash donations are always welcome as well.

Friends of Valkenburg Trust work in conjunction with the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital and assist patients with their recovery from serious mental illnesses back to normal life with their families, work and in their communities. Donations of all kinds are gratefully received. What the Friends cannot use for their projects, they sell in their 2nd hand shop to raise funds for the hospital.

A note of thanks from Marsha of Friends of Valkenberg Trust:

“ON BEHALF OF THE FRIENDS OF VALKENBERG TRUST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING CONTACT WITH FRIENDS HAVING SEEN OUR PROJECTS ADVERTISED IN CAPE TOWN’S ON LINE MAGAZINE. FURTHERMORE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MOTIVATING CLASSIC VILLAS AND NOX RENTALS TO HOST A CLOTHING/ITEMS COLLECTION AND DONATING THESE TO US IN CELEBRATION OF MANDELA DAY! THE CLOTHING WILL BE USED FOR PATIENTS ADMITTED TO THE WARDS IN NEED AND THE UNWANTED GOODS / ITEMS WILL BE SOLD IN THE VALKENBERG “FRIENDLY SHOP” OF WHICH ALL THE PROCEEDS WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT PROJECTS RUN WITH PATIENTS BY VOLUNTEERS.”

If you would like to get in touch with Marsha directly, you can mail her and the team at Friends of Valkenberg Trust on [email protected] or [email protected]

We hope that the little we did helps in some way 🙂 and would love to hear your stories about Mandela Day!