Working on Fire celebrates Mandela Day with nearly 200 projects
“Making a Difference” is one Working on Fire’s core values and forms an integral part of who Working on Fire is and what we do daily. Hence, we eagerly join the global community annually on Madiba’s birthday, 18 July, to honour his legacy, by donating 67 minutes to where it is most needed.
As part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations last year, Working on Fire partook in 100 Acts of Goodwill. This year, Working on Fire doubled up on our giving and took part in nearly 200 Mandela Day projects across the country under the theme taking “Action Against Poverty”.
Some teams made food gardens; some visited and cared for the elderly, the disabled and the sick; others built, painted, cleaned and cooked at Early Childhood Development and other community centres; while others donated food products and clothes to the less fortunate.
A number of teams also conducted fuel load reduction around the premises to ensure it was safe from unwanted wildfire. Even the WOF team in Canada took time to make a difference by assisting with the cleaning of horse stables on a nearby retiree’s farm in the province of Alberta.
“I really enjoyed the day – to see how such a small act of giving really brightens up another’s life. It really is better to give than to receive,” Amanda Lekhuwane, National OHS Coordinator.
Mandela Day inspires a lot of good, but 67 minutes of one day in a whole year is too little for the immense amount of need in the world. Working on Fire wants to encourage others to join us in making every day a Mandela Day.