Each year through volunteering and community service, Mandela Day is celebrated worldwide to honour the legacy and values of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former President.
The idea is that because Mandela fought for social justice for 67 years, people volunteer 67-minutes of their time to fight poverty, promote peace, and cultural diversity.
This year I was involved in Mandela Day in two ways… Firstly I spent 67 minutes reading stories to Grade 1’s at an under resourced school located near my office.
Secondly, I chose to support iThemba School by attending their Mandela Day Silent Art Auction at The Studio Art Gallery near Simon’s Town.
The Studio Art Gallery at Harbour Bay Mall, Simon’s Town presented it’s annual Block Art Exhibition Auction and iThemba School was the beneficiary.
The exhibition, curated by gallery director Marc Alexander, includes artworks by 85 artists who have exhibited at The Studio Art Gallery over the past year and have been invited to each create six 30/30cm artworks.
Marc Alexander, Donna McKellar, Chris Bladen, Andrew Cooper, Yola Quinn, Arno Carstens, Ryno Swart, Robyn Schoon, Paula DuBois, Eddie Chimhau, Therese Mullins, Yvonne Anckerman, Damian Osbourne, Beth Lowe and many more…
The artwork were auctioned off at the opening event during a 67-minute silent auction on 18 July – Mandela’s birthday to raise the much needed funds for iThemba School.
I attended the auction and actually bid on my very first piece of original art!!! A blessing to both iThemba and myself. A win-win all round.
iThemba is a registered NPO situated on the edge of Fish Hoek, close to both Masiphumelele and Ocean View. iThemba School provides quality pre-primary education to 60 under-resourced children and is registered with the Department of Social Development, and with the Western Cape Education Department as an ECD independent school offering Grade R.
The quality education that these children receive makes sure that these children have received a solid early childhood foundation on which their lives can be built! The World Bank recently sighted early childhood development programs as the single best investment in a countries future and we know that Nelson Mandela himself was a huge advocate for education and children.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. “
If you would still like to support iThemba school, pop in to view the exhibition which is on until 31 July 2019. A percentage of proceeds from all sales from this exhibition will go towards iThemba.
If you are unable to attend the auction but would like to contribute in making a real difference in the lives of these children please consider donating an amount directly to iThemba School via their Give ‘n Gain link or add them as a beneficiary on your MySchool card.
For further information about the gallery or the exhibition please visit their website here.
For further information about iThemba School please visit their website here.