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In celebration of Mandela Day

Jul 21, 2016
In celebration of Mandela Day

Caption: From left to right: Bev McCarthy, Angie Marriner, Bridget Fourie, Liezel Coetzee and Bronwen May

The ladies from the Foundation Office (St Andrew’s College/DSG) donated food, blankets, bowls, leads, toys and cushions to the SPCA for our 67 minutes on Mandela Day.  New manager of the SPCA, Mark Thomas, showed us around and is actively trying to increase the awareness of animals available for adoption.  Grahamstown SPCA is doing a wonderful job and a lot of effort is put in to making these animals suitable for rehoming.  It was a very rewarding and moving experience.  For anyone interested in donating, they are particularly in need of cat and dog food at the moment. 

Their Facebook page can be found here:   https://www.facebook.com/SPCA-Grahamstown-139823572721958/?fref=ts 

Caption: Hannah Jones, Aphiwe Mvunelwa and Cody Laubscher 

Pupils from DSG Junior spent time at the SPCA with the animals for their 67 minutes in celebration of Madiba’s birthday and did a clean-up at Grey Dam.

There were many visitors to the SPCA who generously gave their 67 minutes on Mandela Day. Pupils for St Andrew’s College enjoyed spending time walking the dogs, cleaning and painting and generally assisting the SPCA.


In celebration of the great Nelson Mandela’s Birthday on 18 July, the girls of the Diocesan School for Girls invited members from the Home of Joy to come and enjoy a Mandela Day party celebration in honour of the great Madiba. Kathryn Basson, Emily Campbell and Somi Matyolweni presented a powerpoint and short summary about Mandela’s life and why we consider it important to honour him. The party then progressed to games which a variety of girls ran. Finally the afternoon was completed with some delicious scones and cupcakes as well as slide show of photographs taken of our relationship with the Home of Joy which has been evident over many years. We would like to thank Mrs Dorette van de Wall for her donation of cupcakes which were much appreciated by everyone.


Mandela Motivation 

Motivated by Nelson Mandela’s famous speech that ended with these words, “It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all”, the pupils of St. Andrew’s Prep have spread their contributions far and wide. The Pre-Primary pupils have invited the children from the Holy Cross School to spend a couple of hours with them, playing and being creative. The Grade 1 pupils arrived at the SPCA loaded with treats for their furry friends; they walked the dogs and played with the kittens and even read to the animals. The Grade 2s had vegetable seedlings which they planted at the newly cultivated Eluxolweni Shelter. Armed with black dustbin bags, the Grade 3s and 6s conducted a much-needed litter clean up around town and the Riding School. Grade 4 pupils craftily constructed pencil cases from plastic bottles, complete with a zip, and filled it with stationery for underprivileged scholars. The Grade 5s and 7s clubbed together to collect books and stationery which they will hand over to an underprivileged school later this week.