BBC gave Overlanding Africa the thumbs-up with a mention in BBC.co.uk’s article about us donating 67 minutes to the less fortunate, on Mandela Day. Of course, we’re all beaming like Cheshire cats. BBC. British Broadcast Corporation. The big wigs in world news! Thumbs-up! *BEAM*
For Mandela Day, the Overlanding Africa team donated their 67 minutes to restoring the vegetation around Blomvlei Library/Multi-purpose centre. An act of charity saw small trees planted on the grounds of Blomvlei Primary School a couple of months ago, but without large amounts of water to keep the plants healthy, they would soon go belly-up. So, what we did was dig, scrape, fill and pat; making sure that every tree had a tyre securely placed around its base and was filled with compost and mulch to help retail all the water the tree gets. Voila! Our 67 minutes were spent:
1. Outside on one of the most beautiful days in Cape Town.
2. Listening to the laughter of children playing at break time.
3. Helping out an underprivileged community.
Here’s what the team had to say about Mandela Day and donating 67 minutes:
“Giving money to an organisation is one thing, but actually getting out there and doing something physical really makes you appreciate that you are making a difference. When you see the result of your efforts first hand you care more and it’s a hugely satisfying experience.”
“When you think about the hours that are put into helping out the less fortunate it’s amazing. 67 minutes per person, times a nation… that’s a lot of help.”
“Mandela is a great man. He has done so much for South Africa and it was great to be able to do something to show my appreciation for what he has done for our country. Wow – Mandela gave 67 years serving the country, the least I could do was give 67 minutes of my time.”
“Restoring something like trees in the field is great, because you can go back next year, and in many years to come, and say ‘I helped grow that tree’.”
The day was a great success and was a great way for our team to bond, get dirty and show our appreciation for what Nelson Mandela has done for South Africa.
You rock our socks Madiba… you rock our socks.