CapeNature honours Mandela Day with Carehaven donation
CapeNature joined in the celebration of Mandela Day as staff dedicated 67 minutes of their time and donated over R2000 to the Salvation Army Carehaven shelter for abused women and children in Athlone on 18 July 2013.
As the overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good, the Carehaven shelter was carefully selected by CapeNature as the beneficiary of its dedication to the 67 minutes.
Carehaven was established in 1990 by the Salvation Army. It was the first shelter in Cape Town specifically for abused women and works with those in need regardless of race, colour or creed. Carehaven provides residential shelter and refuge to abused women and their children, and the opportunity for them to find healing and to learn skills that will empower them to cope as self-reliant members of society.
Centre manager at Carehaven, Shantell Ambros, said the women and children at the shelter were extremely grateful for the donations. “Thank you so much CapeNature for thinking of us and you have touched us deeply and you have brought smile and hope back into our lives again. It’s initiatives like these that inspire and touch other people’s lives positively, and with the things that are donated, we are really changing their lives for the better,” said Ambros.
As the conservation authority in the Western Cape, CapeNature also marked Mandela Day by conducting a clean-up in areas surrounding their head office.
Staff also gathered to join hands for 67 seconds as they sang in celebration of the 95th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela.