Peermont Childrens Trust observes Mandela Day

An iconic South African, Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday on 18 July and the country’s leading entertainment and hospitality brand, Peermont, supported the Mandela Day legacy with its various resorts participating in its employee-volunteer programme. Mandela Day inspired individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in doing so build a global movement for good.

Peermont staff members dedicated 67 minutes of their time in Johannesburg, Bethlehem, Empangeni, Mafikeng, Secunda, Klerksdorp and the South Coast as part of the continuous global movement for the greater-good. The Peermont Mandela Day ‘Changemakers’ showed that their actions speak louder than words by providing time to make a big difference in the lives of the less-fortunate within their communities.

Little Keabetswe Madoda from Nageng Primary School in Vosloorus is enjoying her hearty wholesome meal – provided by Emperors Palace

This is how some of the resorts spent their day:

  •    Frontier Inn and Casino arranged a blood drive for staff and employees at the resort. Female staff members presented children at the Dihlabeng District and Pekolong Hospitals with kiddies gift bags, while male staff members handed-over non-perishable food items to tornado victims.
  •    Mmabatho Palms Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort management and staff, in conjunction with the North West Gaming Board, assisted La Botihe Old Age Home, located at Top Village in Makifeng. The team made beds, cleaned rooms and cooked lunch for 75 residents aged from 60 to 108.
  •    Umfolozi Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort joined forces with the local newspaper, The Zululand Observer and hosted a Hang Out with Madiba initiative. Winter clothing donations were hung on a washing line and donated to the needy. The team also visited the Sinalo Cerebral Palsy Centre and assisted with painting of the facilities and handed-out toys to the children.
  •    Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino, Entertainment and Convention Resort prepared and served nutritious meals to 250 learners, part of our beneficiaries from the Peermont Childrens Trust (PCT) Aftercare Centers. Children (some orphaned) are direct beneficiaries of the Trust and also received special party packs comprising of snacks and fruit juice that they took home with them.
  •    Graceland Hotel, Casino and Country Club assisted with the launch of the Highveld Ridge Child and Family Centre that is located in the new settlement, extension 26. Staff catered for the orphans and vulnerable children, helped them with their homework and ended the fun-filled day with a sing and dance session in honour of the iconic Nelson Mandela.
  •    Rio Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort visited the Kanana Self-Help Centre and planted a range of vegetables for the community. A range of goodies was served that included hot vegetable soup to both the children and adults in the area.

The Peermont staff members and their employee volunteer programme did exactly that in spending their fare-share of 67 minutes in Vosloorus providing the more than 250 learners from the Peermont Children’s Trust Aftercare Centers with refreshments and entertaining them with music, dancing, jumping castles, a hearty wholesome meal and a special parcel comprising of snacks and a fruit juice.

Group Corporate Affairs and CSI Executive, Vusi Zwane commented, “Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals to take responsibility to change the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.”  The Peermont Childrens Trust (PCT), one of Peermont’s flagship BBBEE Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes, attempted to live by the Mandela Day ethos through provision of social, educational and emotional upliftment to children in disadvantaged areas.

The PCT has since inception sought to daily contribute to the betterment of the lives of children from poor communities.  These projects include donations of school uniforms, refurbished nursery schools, sponsorship of jungle gyms and even iPad donations. Zwane concluded, “Ultimately the PCT and Peermont staff seek to empower communities the same way Mandela Day does, by taking action; inspiring change; and making every day a Mandela Day.”

Author: Muzi Mohale

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