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Mandela Day at Loerie

18 July 2020

The small town of Loerie honoured Nelson Mandela Day in style on Saturday. 

More than 500 children and adults received warm meals, "fat cakes", oranges and face masks in a joint programme to celebrate the legacy of South Africa's late former president. 

The programme saw the Office of Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks, Loerieheuwel Primary, Victory 4 All and local farmers join hands with the Masakhane Givers, a local community group who runs a soup kitchen in the town. 

"It was an honour to share the day with people who make it part of their everyday lives to support those less fortunate," said Kouga Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter. 

"We salute the Mazikane Givers and are grateful to all those who partnered with them to help make Saturday's outreach extra special," 

A group of youngsters, who celebrated the day by picking up litter in their neighbourhood, was also each awarded a special gift in recognition of their efforts to keep Kouga clean.

"Each one of us, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in our communities. That is what these youngsters demonstrated and we want to thank them for setting such a beautiful example," Baxter said. 

Camenita Draai, one of the driving forces behind Mazikane Givers, thanked all the roleplayers who contributed to the success of the Nelson Mandela Day programme. 

"It was one of the biggest outreaches we have ever had and the perfect way to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela."

The Mayor's team ended off their day at the Tharros Child & Youth Care Centre in Hankey  to drop off gift bags for the children and carers. 

The centre depends entirely on private donations to look after the children in their care.