In the lead up to Nelson Mandela Day 2019, we partnered up with The Little Ashford Preschools (LAP Schools) and Yfm’s DJ Sabby, who supported us in running a donation drive, calling on parents within the LAP Schools, as well as the general public, to contribute nappies, clothing, blankets and toiletries to our Trust in honour of Mandela Day 2019. These supplies where generously sorted and combined by the LAP Schools into dozens of “love packs”.
On Mandela Day we took representatives from the LAP Schools and Yfm to Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Parktown to distribute the many “love packs” to the babies who were then housed at the hospital. Dr Chelsea Zindoga, Dr Mary-Joe Stevens and Anastasia Posokhov walked the representatives through the children’s ward where the babies are located, talking the guests through a day in the life of an abandoned baby. Some babies received extra special TLC, being washed, groomed and changed into their newly gifted clothes. Others were immediately wrapped in their new soft blankets, replacing the rough hospital sheets to which they are accustomed.
The day was both enriching and emotional for everyone. Our guests for the first time were able to truly witness and appreciate the overwhelming needs of these tiny babies. Andy Swanepoel, principal of the LAP Bryanston, so eloquently noted that “to witness the impact of something as small as wrapping a little baby in the comfort of a soft blanket will forever stay with me”.
Additional Love Packs were later dispatched to the precious babies at Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital in Coronationville, Kopanong Provincial Hospital in Vereeniging, and Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital in Diepkloof.