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STATEMENT: MANDELA DAY 2019

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This year the staff of the FW de Klerk Foundation and its Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) again join the rest of the world in celebrating the life and legacy of former President Nelson Mandela.  

The Foundation shares Madiba’s vision to spread social justice and freedom for all, and welcomes the opportunity be part of a Mandela Day - now in its 10th year. 

Echoing the new Mandela Day strategy’s primary focus on collaborative partnerships, the FW de Klerk Foundation partners with several worthy organisations through its long-running Support for Charities Programme. These organisations include Autism Western Cape, Friends of Vista Nova, Innovation for the Blind, Iris House Children’s Hospice, the National Institute for the Deaf (NID), Salesian Life Choices and the Woodside Special Care Centre. All are committed to making a daily difference in the lives of persons with disabilities, and underprivileged youth. Thanks to the generosity of its funding partners, the Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day and the Maurice Hatter Foundation, the FW de Klerk Foundation is able to contribute to positive change in the lives of hundreds of South Africans.

This year, members of the Foundation and CFCR staff will be making a hands-on contribution and investing their 67 minutes of service at Innovation for the Blind, in Worcester. The team will spend the day at the Brevis Home for visually-impaired and other frail elderly persons, giving the ablution facilities a much-needed facelift! 

In partnering with these organisations year-round - and not only on Mandela Day - the Foundation contributes towards meaningful change. In the words of former President Mandela, “It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all, especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalised.”

For more information on Innovation for the Blind: http://innovationfortheblind.org

Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation 
18 July 2019

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