Mandela Day inspires UJ community

Date: Jul 19, 2012 | News

Like many institutions and companies countrywide, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) heeded the call to pledge time for community outreach initiatives, commemorating Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
Mandela Day was first introduced on 18 July 2009, to encourage people to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to do charity work to make the world a better place.
Some 500 UJ staff and students dedicated their time by washing windows, scrubbing cots and toilets, and mopping floors and doing general maintenance work in and around the Helen Joseph, the Chris Hani, the Rahima Moosa and the Charlotte Maxeke hospitals.
Furthermore UJ staffers and students donated children’s reading books, non-perishable foods as well as prepared food, which was distributed to children in the hospitals. They walked through the hospitals, reading and chatting to surprised young patients before getting her hands dirty.
“UJ salutes this living legend, this hero, whose strength of purpose ignited a world and broke the back of apartheid, and still today is a symbol of continuing strength against inequality and injustice. In reflecting on Mr Mandela’s life and contribution to humanity, we are all challenged to emulate the actions of this great man striving for growth, development, peace, security and unity in this land we love,” said Dr Kwazi Magwenzi, Senior Manager: Strategic Partnerships, UJ.
The event was organised by UJ’s Office for Community Engagement.



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