Taking Action and Inspiring Change

The 18th of July, Mandela Day, the annual international celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, was marked by The Domino Foundation’s challenge to corporates and individuals to join them for an action-packed 67 minutes on the fields of Northwood School. Each participant payed R167 for the privilege of being able to “Take Action! Inspire Change!”, recognising Mandela’s 67 year fight for social justice. Every hour of the five hour event, five teams of ten moved through Action Stations where they completed set challenges supporting The Domino Foundation’s programmes: sandwich-making for the Foundation’s Feeding programme, preparation of playdough for crèches on the Early Childhood Development programme, jewellery-making to support the Red Light Anti-human-trafficking programme, and the making of resources for pupils in ECD centres and pre-primary schools. The 250 participants also threw their dignity to the wind and tackled a numbers of inflatable obstacle courses, much to the delight of all the bystanders. Many of those who had been part of the morning’s activity were inspired by The Domino Foundation’s vision to Change an individual, Change a Community and so Change a Nation, and signed up to be involved on an ongoing basis.

The Domino Foundation’s South Coast Feeding programme was outstanding. Cheryl Dann, leader of the Toti programme, said companies had shown great generosity: Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants had donated quantities of peanut butter and mayonnaise, staples of the programme’s sandwich-making efforts, and Initiative Media rallied their staff to make 250 sandwiches for distribution to the programme’s beneficiaries. Cheryl’s team set up two donations stations at Seadoone Mall, Doonside where shoppers were able to leave items for the programme’s relief packs. Three young people, Emily Landman, Jasmin De Lange and Mitchell Landman, did a sterling job helping with the collection and spreading the story about the vital work of The Domino Foundation’s Toti Sandwich Kitchen.

Keep an eye out for The Domino Foundation’s celebration of Mandela Day 2018. It will be another excellent opportunity to make a contribution to our various programmes and for team-building for the staffs of participating companies. Contact us by phone or email: (031 563 9605/ Lisa Doyle (

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