“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela spent the greater part of his lifetime (67 years) fighting for social justice, equality, and democracy within South Africa. In remembrance of the late Nelson Mandela and his dedication to this cause, locals participate in a yearly ritual called “67 Minutes for Madiba” on Mandela Day. Madiba refers to Mandela’s clan name and this act of remembrance allows locals to celebrate Mandela’s life as they spend 67 minutes giving back to their communities.
This year for Mandela Day, the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers team spent “67 Minutes for Madiba” supporting The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association, a non-profit organization that works with the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Their support helped provide amenities, assistance, and care to the patients and families staying at the hospital.
The entire team contributed by donating non-perishable food or clothing, resulting in 250 sandwiches made by associates and 9 bags of clothing. All of the donations were taken to the team at The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association for distribution.