GCF gives back to the community

The 2022 Mandela Day has come and gone and GCF decided to not only sit back and receive but to give back to the community too.

If you are reading this from somewhere else in the world and are not familiar with this special day, let’s explain! 18 July (1918) was the well-known anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday and this day was later chosen in remembrance of his selfless contribution to humanity. Many South Africans from all walks of life take this day to give 67 minutes of their time to do something for a good cause. 67 minutes is for each and every year Mandela worked hard for justice, equality and human rights for everyone.

So, back to GCF and the activities we were involved in. One group of employees pulled up their sleeves and went to a local Edu Centre with more than a hundred young learners up to the age of 6. 67 minutes became more when eagerly working in the garden and indoors. Being where children are, of course, our favourite personal safety programme Protective Behaviours came to use, and a few of its activities was done with them.

Two other GCF employees went with like-minded persons from Thuthuzela Care Centre and Childline for a visit to Sacred Heart Child and Youth Care Centre in the beautiful area of Umzumbe. About 65 children and additional staff gathered in the hall when the guest made them aware of all types of bullying, what to do and not do if being a victim of rape and what services we all are offering. Guess what GCF spoke about? Well, Protective Behaviours of course! All children should know that “We all have the right to feel safe at all times” and after this year’s Mandela Day more children do. We were not the only ones on stage, as some of the children had dance performances for us. So much talent!

Many of the children from GCF’s Child and Youth Care Centre visited SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) during the day to hand over their hard-earned money from the Market Day they had for the staff a few weeks ago. They decided to donate the profit to charity and SPCA was their choice. Well done!  Giving is great, but I assume that the playing and cuddling with the animals was definitely the highlight of the visit.

Mandela Day was an action-filled day for GCF children and staff, but others thought about us too and generously gave of their time. The fibre infrastructure provider Frogfoot Networks came with a jumping castle, gifts and lunch from Tiago’s Take Away for the children.

What a great day spent giving and receiving! Sharing joy, lending a hand and being a supportive pillar can be easy and should be a natural part of our lives!

If you are looking for ways to give back to the community, why not support GCF’s work by becoming a monthly giver?  

Written by Anna-Karin Öhrnstedt

Leave a Comment