“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela
Every year on 18 July, South Africans across the country heed the call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. There will be hundreds of fitting acts taking place across the country this Friday to honour and commemorate a global icon and the father of our nation.
In the spirit of Mandela, who had a special place in his heart for children, Ster-Kinekor Theatres has invited 67 children from the SOS Children’s Village to join them for a special morning at their Preview Theatre. The children will be treated to a movie and lunch, and each of them will receive a goodie bag including delicious treats and a blanket.
Says Geraldine Engelman, CSI and Project Manager of Ster-Kinekor Theatres:
“The magic of the movies is something special – especially for children. However, not all children are in a position to enjoy the ‘great moments’ that come from sitting in a darkened cinema, munching on a bag of popcorn and being transported into another world, as portrayed on the big screen.”
Madiba loved children and he believed that they hold the key to our future as a country. He is quoted as saying:
“Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.”
“For this reason, it is a real privilege for Ster-Kinekor to host children from the SOS Children’s Village, who will spend the morning with us and enjoy the thrill of watching a film. For some of them, this will be their very first cinema experience! Our staff will be on hand to welcome the children, and to make sure they all enjoy a special morning with us at the movies,”
The SOS Children’s Villages build families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities. They work for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them, and give the children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family. The family approach in the SOS Children’s Village is based on four principles: each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own house, within a supportive village environment.