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Building the future of South Africa, one can at a time

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Helping to shape the future of SA is the Leap Science & Maths Schools (LEAP) that will be the beneficiaries of this year’s Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

Celebrating former President Nelson Mandela’s centenary and taking action against poverty, the annual globally celebrated Mandela Day will focus on what is needed to ‘be the legacy’ this year.  For Canal Walk Shopping Centre, building the right kind of legacy, means having the right foundation, a sound education. 

Helping to shape the future of South Africa is the Leap Science and Maths Schools (LEAP) that will again be the beneficiaries of this year’s Canal Walk Shopping Centre (CWSC) #MandelaMosaic event on Wednesday 18th July 2018.

As in years past, Rhodes Quality will come to the party with the supply of the thousands of food cans needed to build the massive mosaic that will be constructed in the centre court of the shopping centre.  Mandela Day is all about everyone getting involved in doing good, CWSC, Rhodes Quality and LEAP are calling on corporates to help give a hand-up to those who need it most by booking a space for their staff and challenging their competitors to a ‘stack a can’ at this year’s event.  The organisers are also looking to break the record on donations – food and funds – to support this worthy cause.

This annual Mandela Day collaboration represents Public/Private partnerships in action. Very few Public/Private Partnerships can galvanize such a large number of interest in support of education - perhaps the true legacy of Nelson Mandela – and is a key reason why each year, this particular event continues to grow and attract the sort of attention it gets.  “Yet more can be done and is needed if we are really going to create the sort of legacy we all dream about” says Vanessa Herbst, Marketing Manager at  Canal Walk Shopping Centre .  “We are all incredibly grateful for being in the position we are in, which is to be able to make a meaningful contribution to tomorrow’s bright young minds, but we are also cognisant of the fact that this is a long-term need and therefore we are encouraging as many corporates as possible to get involved this year, so we can lay the proper foundations for a true Mandela inspired legacy.”

LEAP, a non-profit organisation (NPO), is dependent on donor funding to realise its mission to provide quality high school education to children residing in some of the poorest townships in South Africa. The involvement of corporate companies through sponsorship directly contributes to improving the NPO’s financial sustainability and delivering on its mandate – for example, in the case of their two Cape Town based schools, 498 learners at schools based in Langa and Phillipi, directly benefit from the partnership.

For Merlin Norman, marketing Manager at Rhodes Food Group, it is all about making sure that the hungry minds are supported by well-fed systems: “In addition to the high-school children at the LEAP schools, there are also a host of early childhood centres in the areas that also receive the benefit of the food can donations – for many of these children, it is often the only proper meal they will have in the day.” (The LEAP students are required to support local charities as part of their own giving back philosophy). “For Rhodes Quality, our donation is not about a one-day event, but about a lifetime of learning opportunities that this event can generate.”

By participating, corporates (and individuals) can assist in building a replicable model to help increasing numbers of young people in townships to access quality high school education; support the pipeline of young black talent into careers in science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) and truly create the type of legacy Madiba envisaged.

Sessions on 18th July are: 09H00, 11H00, 13H00 and 15H00.

In addition to providing the resources at the shopping centre and organising the annual #MandelaMosaic event, CWSC will also be sweetening the pot with some of the proceeds from its annual school holiday theatre production - this year, Alice in Wonderland.  Theatre goers are also invited to bring a can of Rhodes Quality to the show, as all donated cans will be sent to the various LEAP Schools.

(All donations to LEAP are tax deductible and contribute towards Socio-Economic Development points on the BBEEE scorecard of participating companies.)

For more information or to get involved please contact: Raymond Schuller rschuller@leapschool.org.za or call him on: 021-012 5067




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