Old Mutual Insure partners with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund to donate 135 school desks to bolster literacy amongst young children.
Old Mutual Insure, donated 135 school desks to boost early childhood literacy skills amongst youngsters on World Literacy Day.
The donation is the first of six donations that aims to bring dignity to 400 children from schools in the North West and Eastern Cape identified by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund) as part of their Child Survival, Development and Thriving programme.
“As a responsible business, we seek opportunities to deliver cutting-edge Corporate Social Investments that contribute to inclusive, transformative, impactful, and sustainable socio-economic development in the communities where we operate,” said Antonia Oakes, Retail Executive of Customer Experience and Responsible Business at Old Mutual Insure.
“We have a deliberate partnership approach that promotes social legitimacy and shared value, and this year, we partnered with the Fund.”
The Fund’s Child Survival, Development and Thriving programme aims to improve the health and the development of children in their formative years.
“Every year we celebrate Mandela Day, and this year our donation was towards education and literacy - a cause that was close to Nelson Mandela’s heart”, said Oakes.
The donation of 135 MiDesks will go to Grade 1 and Grade 2 children from Nthebe Primary School in Saulspoort in the North West province.
MiDesk Global is a proudly South African Innovation, providing underprivileged children who don’t have desks and attend schools with portable desks. The portable desk and chair can be wheeled to and from school and has a solar light and USB charging portal attached to it to provide light after hours. The portable desk can last for the 12-year duration of schooling.
CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Konehali Gugushe, says that the organisation is grateful for the donation which will benefit children across the country. “This is an honour for our organisation as this advances and promotes education for young people. We would like to thank Old Mutual Insure in leading the way for corporates in answering the call to our current campaign to Serve Like Madiba and Give Like They’re Yours.”
World Suicide Prevention Day 2021
This year’s theme: “Creating Hope through Action”
Every year the 10th of September is commemorated as the World’s commitment to prevent suicide. By encouraging understanding, reaching in and sharing experiences, it is to give people the confidence to take action that can save life.
From working with children and youth facilitating and providing psychosocial support and mental wellness has been part of child safety and protection. In a baseline study conducted with total 453 responses from learners in eight schools from Orlando East, total sample of 232 (52%) were female and 217 (48%) were male. The age of respondents ranged between 12 and 18. 99.7% of respondents indicated that they were in school with the grades ranged between 5 and 11.
To be able to enhance resilience skills, our implementing partners (REPSSI, June 16 Youth Development Foundation) build self-esteem planned camps. Girls Camp hosted from the 28th to 30th May and Boys camp hosted from the 04th to 06th June 2021 saw a total of 92 girls and 78 boys.
The camp focused on facilitating activities on Self-Awareness; Self-Management; Social Awareness; Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making. This was through role plays, sketches, drawings, visual and full-participatory of learners. Through evaluation notes here are some of the writings of what was learned.
The team believe that through the little work we are able to expose our learners, it builds their abilities to less prone to depression; suicide and other mental illness but strive to be well and support others.
Child Line Toll Free: 080 005 5555
SAGDA Suicide Crisis Line: 0800 567 567
SAPS: 08600 10111
World Suicide Prevention Day Toolkit
It has come to our attention that a new call and SMS scam is currently circulating misleading recipients to make a donation towards the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF).
It starts with a call from a number identified as 073 0385 604 that has the background sounds of a call centre. The agent falsely claims that they are: “…Working for MTN and in collaboration with NMCF in celebrating the Nelson Mandela 100 years.” The false agent further claims that the person: “…has won R25000 from Standard Bank and a grocery voucher form Shoprite/Checkers but to claim the prizes they first need to register as a donor to NMCF, choosing and amount between R1400 - R3800. This has to be sent via your banking app send money function” using a pin that the agent supplies.
Another scam has been found from the following number: 073 947 2942 stating:
“Congrats!! MTN user [Name] MTN has rewarded you with a Sumsang GLX S10,Sumsang double door fridge 660L with water&ice despensor and R30,000 in cash for today's day.for more info visit www.mtnmyrewards.co.za TnC's apply”
“Yello MTN user [Name] your #remake2020 rewards is a combo.please settle your RAM COURIER SA delivery payment so that you can receive your complete pin and get all your rewards.for more infor visit www.mtnmyrewards.co.za TnCs apply. 23/08/2021”
The following details are where the account details are deposited:
Nedbank: Account holder: Patrick, Account Number: 5898461106769407, Account type: NEDCARD, Bank name: Nedbank, Branch code: 198765
Please do not answer this call or respond to any request along these lines. NMCF is not running any campaign of this nature at the moment. To verify what fundraising campaigns, both NMCF and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) are running, our supporters are urged to constantly check our websites – NMCF: https://www.nelsonmandelachildrensfund.com/ and NMCH: https://www.nelsonmandelachildrenshospital.org/ or our social media platforms.
Alternatively, you can email Communications@nmcf.co.za for any enquiries.
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