Nelson Mandela's birthday was on 18 July, and the call was out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world. Our late president Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his life making the world a better place and in return 67 minutes is nothing in comparison.
We here at Metraclark want to make a change too so we gave 67 minutes and more in honour of the late president and made blessing blankets for the children of the Kliptown community. It was an enriching experience with lots of hard work to reach the target of 120 blankets.
We all knew we had a mission and wanted to meet our target and teamwork was the only way we were going to accomplish this. The day got off to a great start and everyone was excited to get the task done but at lunch time we were looking a bit weary and panic set in a bit. We were unsure whether we would reach our task or not but the Metraclark employees rallied together and started working in groups of 3 to 4. A system started forming and it was full steam ahead.
Despite this there was a constant cheerful atmosphere in the room. Hot Chocolate, Milo and delicious cupcakes kept us both warm and full of energy. This however did not distract us from the task at hand and by 16:35 the final blanket got the final knot of the day and target was reached, there was a sense of accomplishment, delight and pure happiness to know that we did it. Thank you to all the employees as well as their children and even parents who all joined in to lend a helping hand. It is both fulfilling and inspirational knowing that your small contribution will help keep some of the children in Kliptown, warm and toasty through our cold winter nights.