Mandela Day at The Point with Ladles of Love
Nelson Mandela is celebrated every year on the 18th of July. The day serves as a reminder of the late freedom fighter is an opportunity for everyone to renew their commitment to the values that inspired Nelson Mandela.
On Mandela's 90th birthday, he said, "It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now."
The Nelson Mandela Prize is an award introduced by the UN General Assembly in 2014 which recognises individuals who dedicate their lives to serving their fellow humans and communities. On this day, people are encouraged to pay attention to issues around the world.
The theme of Nelson Mandela International Day 2021 is "One Hand Can Feed Another." The past year has seen many households and already vulnerable communities suffering from food insecurity. Mandela's birthday on the 18th of July is a yearly reminder to serve our communities and treat those in need with kindness and respect.
Mandela Day at the Point Mall Shopping Center
The Point Mall supported Ladles of Love this Mandela Day by setting up a 'drop-off' zone for all kinds of goods to be donated. The drop-off zone was located on the ground floor of The Point, where donors could drop off goods. They were then collected and distributed to The Ladles of love soup kitchens.
We had many donations of non-perishable food items such as maise, sugar, tinned goods, legumes, box milk, jam and peanut butter. Donors could also drop off hygiene products, pet food and clothing, both old and new.
QR scanning codes allowed visitors of The Point to scan and donate to the Ladles of Love foundation using their cell phones.
Ladles of Love: more than merely providing meals
Ladles of Love is an inspiring example of the magnificent impact one generous person can make. This charity organisation is only possible because of its founder, Danny and many volunteers. They did not know much about charity work but felt the need in their community and took action. As a result, what started as one single soup kitchen in Cape Town has grown to one of the most prolific food charity organisations in South Africa in six short years.
Today, Ladles of Love supports several other community kitchens, schools, social enterprises, and NPOs with essential groceries and goods. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the number of starving people increased exponentially in the city. So ladles of Love initiated a suburban sandwich drive which allowed donors across the Cape to make sandwiches and give back from the safety of their homes. "We are about more than merely providing meals. It's about dignity, respect, and creating the kind of world we all want to live in."
When people come together, incredible things happen.
It is crucial for us to remember and act on Mandela Day's values, not just on the 18th of July but every day of the year. There are many ways individuals or businesses can help feed those who are suffering from hunger and unemployment. If you would like to help make a difference, visit the Ladles of Love website to sign up as a volunteer, donor or to make sandwiches from home.
A reminder: "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." - Nelson Mandela.
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