Cast members from Isidingo, the hit SABC3 daily drama were joined by some members of the South African National Defence Force to celebrate the biggest Mandela Day ever by making the lives of sexually abused, battered, abandoned and HIV positive children that much happier and brighter.
Keketso Semoko, Linda Sokhulu, Kgomotso Christopher, Vusi Kunene and Mary-Anne Barlow gave up more than 67 minutes of their time to donate a substantial amount of much needed groceries to the C.H.A.N.C.E centre and spend time with the children.
C.H.A.N.C.E Children’s Home and Nurturing Centre located in Dunnottar, Springs provides shelter, food and protection for 90 children. The centre also counsels and gives support to families affected by the HIV virus; as well as giving workshops to the community regarding HIV.
The cast donned their working overalls to give the centre a much needed make over by helping clean up the grounds and painting the 9 houses on the grounds that comprise the centre.
“This iconic day reminds us that we all have a duty and obligation to care for those around us that are less fortunate”, says Risuna Mayimele, SABC3 Marketing Manager.
“We hope that our activities here at C.H.A.N.C.E. will draw attention to this centre and the incredible work they do with very limited resources.
“Ultimately the aim is to improve the lives of those cared for by the centre,” adds Mayimele.
Mayimele further explained that the 67 minutes Mandela Day activity is not a once off but actually forms part of a greater whole.
“It is part of the Isidingo Sakho campaign – a social responsibility programme that fulfils the needs of less fortunate South Africans. We will be outlining more Isidingo Sakho activities in the not too distant future,” concludes Mayimele.
Isidingo is celebrating its 15th birthday and SABC3 will broadcast the very first episode of the popular soapie tomorrow, Friday 19 July at 8pm.
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