SA Taxi Foundation’s Mandela Month outreach
Over the years, the commemoration of Mandela Day has gone from 67 minutes to a month-long period where individuals and organisations proactively seek ways to give their time, resources, and talents being of service to their community; and, thus taking up the call to action set by Tata Nelson Mandela.
This year the SA Taxi Foundation and members of #TeamSATaxi committed the month to serve Berea Home of Home for Girls, one of the Foundation’s long-standing beneficiaries who provide a nurturing environment to children and teenagers who are survivors of abuse. Considering the ‘return to normal’ that many of the girls have enjoyed, this year’s Mandela Month commitment was revamping the library collection, which the girls can access as part of the school or leisurely reading.
As part of the build-up to the day, which would be spent with Home of Hope for Girls, SA Taxi Foundation donated R work of brand-new books as well as a colouring material for the younger girls who were introduced to the joy of books. This was accompanied by a good old braai which the girls and staff enjoyed.
On Friday, 22 July, the SA Taxi staff bus dropped off ten energetic members of staff who rolled up their sleeves and spent the morning giving their time and talents to the Home of Home for Girls library shelves and upgrade with more book titles as well as a brand new black and white printer. Of this donation of time and resources, the Founder of Home of Hope for Girls, Mam Khanyisile Mota said,
“We’re grateful to SA Taxi and SA Taxi Foundation, who support us this Mandela Month will go a long way.”
In addition to Home of Hope for Girls, the SA Taxi Foundation firmly supports Early Childhood Development programmes, road safety awareness, and allocation of mobile libraries in lower-income communities, to give young children, who are also valued commuters of minibus taxis, access to the resources they need for quality education. While Mandela Month of 2022 may be done and dusted, the commitment to making South African better for all remains beyond the annual commemoration.