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Radisson Blu PE devotes 100 minutes to Mandela Week

By Jesica Slabbert - Jul 17, 2018
Radisson Blu PE devotes 100 minutes to Mandela Week

In honour of Nelson Mandela’s centenary on Mandela Day, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Port Elizabeth has devoted this week to helping those in need across the city for 100 minutes.

Though it is traditional to only spend 67 minutes for a good cause on Mandela Day, the Radisson Blu has upped the ante to commemorate the centenary of Nelson Mandela.

From the 16th until the 20th of July, staff from the Radisson and volunteers will be going to different venues that are in desperate need of assistance and funding and providing them with as much as possible.

On Monday, the Radisson Blu started their Mandela Week by going to the Gelvan Park Frail Care Centre and repainting and redecorating the dining room and main hall. Afterwards the Radisson Blu chef created and served a delicious meal to the residents of the Centre.

Speaking to RNEWS, Lesley Geyer, the Marketing Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Port Elizabeth, stated that the Radisson wanted to assist as many organisations as they were able.

“Mandela’s heart is for everybody and we as the Radisson want to encapsulate this.”

The 98 elderly residents were also given gift parcels that included a Colgate package, adult diapers and soaps among other things.

The locations the Radisson will be visiting for the rest of the week are:

  • 17 July: Northwood Children’s Hospice at Northwood Street, Mount Croix from 2pm
  • 18 July: Happydale Hope Centre at the corner of Kobus and Beetlestone Road from 10am
  • 19 July: PE Mental Health on the corner of 6th Avenue and Union Street from 10am
  • 20 July: Save-A-Pet in Old Cape Road – Greenbushes from 10am.

The Radisson will be accepting public donations for these places, should you be interested in making a donation the needs of each organization are:

Gelvan Park Old Aged Home

  • Adult diapers
  • Baby powder
  • Aqueous cream
  • Bars of soap
  • Washing machine and Tumble dryer

Northwood Children’s Hospice

  • A freezer

Happydale Hope Centre

  • Curtains
  • Home economics items: pans, pots, two plate stoves, bowls, mixers, etc

PE Mental Health

  • Vegetable Seeds
  • Board Games
  • Arts and Crafts


  • Dog/cat food
  • Shampoo and old towel
  • Dog/cat treats

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