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STATEMENT: MANDELA DAY 2016

Mandela DayMandela Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the life and service of former President Nelson Mandela. In keeping with the call to ‘take action’ and help change lives for the better, staff of the FW de Klerk Foundation and its Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) will donate their time to two very worthy organisations. Staff will participate in hands-on projects at Autism Western Cape, and Iris House Children’s Hospice - organisations that make a meaningful, daily difference in the lives of children with disabilities.

The Foundation has long supported the work of Autism Western Cape, which seeks to provide information, as well as advisory, advocacy and support services to those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Iris House Children’s Hospice provides professional community and Hospice-based respite, overnight and end-of-life care for special needs children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Both organisations are based in the Western Cape, and provide their services free of charge to special needs children and young people, and their families.

In addition to ‘67 minutes’ of service on Mandela Day, the Foundation and the CFCR are committed to the empowerment and restoration of dignity of all South Africans, including persons with disabilities. This includes the promotion and protection of their rights, as enshrined in our Constitution - the legacy of leaders such as Mr Mandela and Mr De Klerk.

For more information about Autism Western Cape, visit: www.autismwesterncape.org.za
For more information about Iris House Children’s Hospice, visit: http://iris-house.org

Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation

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