Mandela Day – our 67 minutes for this great legend
MANDELA Day 2017
Mandela Day. The true spirit of Mandela day was alive and well among our staff this year!
The team at Yambu who we affectionately refer to as the Yambu family have a true spirit of giving back. They take part in the Santa Shoebox initiative every year, taking of their own income to provide boxes for those children in need, this Mandela day was no different!
We were able to send some members of our Yambu Family to give back for this year’s 67 minutes for Mandela Day. The family went to CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare). CLAW is a welfare organisation, renowned as the pioneer of community based primary animal health care in South Africa. IFAW’s Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) program brings new hope to impoverished communities where traditional veterinary services are often unavailable. CLAW provides desperately needed veterinary services to dogs and cats, as well as vital animal care education to pet owners in Johannesburg’s poorest township areas. CLAW works closely with community-based organisations, schools, the Department of Agriculture and Veterinary services around the city.
CLAW is not only there for the animals but also for the Community members. They distribute food parcels, facilitate a home-based care programme to teach people how to care for the sick and dying, run food gardens, supports child-headed households and helps communities access health and hospice care. They make sure that 300-400 children in their community and surrounds are well fed over the weekends.
Overall they are a wonderful cause doing wonderful work with very little funding and we were able to be a part of giving back with our Mandela Day initiative.
Yambu was able to donate paint to the organisation in order for them to give their Community Clinic area a much-needed facelift. The team arrived with paint rollers in hand ready to work. The space that needed to be painted was 24 meters long by 14 metres wide and 4 meters high. Needless to say, the team had their work cut out for them. After just 4 hours, they managed to transform the massive area into a clean and inviting space for Community members. They even had time to play with the kids that visited and give the very cute pups a cuddle at the end of the day.
The team thought that they were going to an animal shelter and just livening up the place with some paint and that was it. However, Yahya Jeebhai – Yambu Facilities Coordinator describes how what he expected and what they experienced on the day were two very different things.
“As we pulled up on the street we were taken a back as there were dark dilapidated buildings everywhere. We finally pulled up at the premises only to find almost a hundred people there, some of which were busy setting up soup kitchens and tents, there were kids everywhere. At first, I thought it was like the animal shelter was having a fun day and invited everyone. As we got set up and started painting we met up with Taren who gave me a tour of the place. As we went through she explained that the kids were not only there to play but were there to get medication and injections as they were running a free clinic as well as a hospital for stray animals and animals that come from poor homes. As we went on, the sadder the tour became as we saw beaten animals, animals with broken legs that were awaiting operations but couldn’t get as the animal shelter was waiting for donations. I observed how they had to save every watt of electricity as they worked off solar power and only get 2 hours of power per day. Water had to be delivered weekly as the thieves stole all the copper piping which provided water from the town. Windows were broken and covered up with cardboard. Fences were cut, walls were cracking. It came to a point where I actually had seen enough. I asked Taren if people knew about their place and their efforts and she stated that people do but there are many people who don’t have the means to help and that government doesn’t send anything there way. That is why they rely on companies like ours to help in any way possible.”
The entire team comprising of Keenan Petersen, David Buthane, Lerato Rauwane, Patricia Seale and Yahya Jeebhai were all impacted very heavily by the experience.
“A privilege to be in the presence of everyone at CLAW and to do good for those who do good every day for animals seeing it with your own eyes is a remarkable experience!!!”
“It was a great experience and I’m thankful for being part of the team that gave a helping hand in painting a shelter that will ensure that animals and children are kept safe.” David Buthame
“For me, it was a wonderful experience. And I was very glad to be part of the people who went to help. I would suggest maybe if it was done every four months not only for Mandela day. Reason being, they have so much to do in that shelter, they grow vegetables to help feed the community, They rescue all kinds of animals and so much.” Lerato Rauwane. Taryn from CLAW was so grateful and impressed with the work they did she contacted me at 6pm that night to say how amazing the team was and thanked them for their contribution.
At the heart of it all the Yambu Family have strong core values, our products promote CARE and Protection and being able to give back is just an extension of what we practice with our Employees and Clients alike.
The Yambu family can’t wait to be able to do another initiative soon!