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Ster-Kinekor and Baywest Mall celebrate Mandela Day with spectacles donation

By Liesl Silverman - Jul 18, 2018
Ster-Kinekor and Baywest Mall celebrate Mandela Day with spectacles donation

To mark the 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth, Ster-Kinekor partnered with Baywest Mall for a day of celebration and invited approximately a hundred school pupils to the Ster-Kinekor cinema to watch The Incredibles 2 movie.

The event formed part of the Ster-Kinekor Vision Mission project, which supplies spectacles and Corneal transplants to people with eye-sight problems.

Ster-Kinekor’s Head of Transformation, Geraldine Engelman, said “To commemorate Mandela, Ster-Kinekor has sponsored spectacles to learners that have degenerate eye-sight and that cannot afford spectacles”.

“One hundred pupils will watch the Incredibles movie today and Twenty-seven of them will be receiving spectacles” she added.

The event came together a result of the collaboration and partnership of Port Elizabeth Companies- Ster-Kinekor, Bay West Mall, Lauricedale Guest House, Slush Puppie, BIGGI Popcorn, Tsogo Sun, Panarotti’s Pizza, Eastern Cape department of Health and Eastern Cape department of Education.

Singer, songwriter and now Ster-Kinekor Vision Mission Ambassador, Julanie J, said “I’m here today to entertain the children and inspire them. I had visual impairment as a child and I want to encourage the children to wear their glasses, as there is still a stigma around it and a lot of children don’t want to wear their glasses at school”.

The theme of the event was Celebrating Madiba and the legacy that he left for the youth.

So it was befitting that two of the guest speakers were grade 12, High school students, Yeshina Pillay and Ziphozakhe Tshambo. Both of the pupils, from Westringer High School, gave inspiring speeches about what it means to be a true humanitarian like Nelson Mandela.

In her speech Engelman said, “Ster-Kinekor has given nine corneal transplants to children in need. We do one corneal transplant per month, as it is part of our Vision Mission to help those with eye sight problems”.

“Mandela said that we should make every day Mandela Day, so that is why we want to make people’s lives better” she added.

Eastern Cape Department of Health representative, Sindi Gede, said “The department of health supports Ster-Kinekor’s Vision Mission, we cannot keep up with the demand of patients that need spectacles and corneal transplants, that is why we have partnered with the project”.

The school children at the event all received slush puppies, Biggi popcorn and lunch from Panarotti’s pizza.

Twenty-seven of the pupils were given their new spectacles before the film and were able to watch the film with clear vision.

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