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July 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Mandela Day

International Nelson Mandela Day (18th July) came about when, on his 90th birthday, the late President uttered the words: “It’s in your hands now,” as he urged world leaders to make the world a better place.  While it is not a public holiday, it is a day for the public and Corporate South Africa to unite, if only for 67 minutes, to do good – for each other, animals, and the environment. Providing the ideal opportunity to do justice to Madiba’s legacy, Canal Walk Shopping Centre is once again staging its world renowned #MandelaMosaic building, charitable event.

In aid of the no fee LEAP Science and Maths schools, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, LEAP and their partners – Rhodes Food Group – are calling for donations of food cans and volunteers to help them create the super-sized likeness of the Father of our Nation.

Each tin of food that will be placed in the mapped out image, in the food court at the Centre, will be colour coded to make it easier for the teams of volunteers, in sessions of 67 minutes each, to create the masterpiece.  Entertaining everyone – visiting dignitaries, celebrities and sporting personalities, corporate citizens, and members of the public alike – will be a host of fun activities and performances throughout the fun day.

Having won an international award* for the 2016 rendition of the #MandelaMosaic, the team is now aiming to go further by collecting 20 400 cans of food to build this year’s 16m X 8m image, thus donating even more to LEAP and its designated community projects.   Monies raised from generous corporates and from ticket sales to Canal Walk’s annual theatre production in 2016, also contributed to the establishment of LEAP’s own on-site teacher-training institute in association with UNISA.  Practical training is carried out in the LEAP schools with the aim of growing a strong contingent of educators who can lead SA into the future.

Merlin Norman, Marketing Manager at Rhodes Food Group, the primary sponsor of the canned food for the Mandela Day Mosaic, commented: “We are committed to giving back and making a difference in our communities through the food that we produce, and through our partnership with Canal Walk Shopping Centre and LEAP schools, we are able to assist in providing a meal to children at school. We are therefore proud to participate again in the upcoming Mandela Day at Canal Walk by contributing over 20 000 cans of Rhodes Quality products to the Mandela Mosaic Project.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the staging of Peter Pan these school holidays, along with the bighearted financial gesture of R250 000 from the Hyprop Foundation and other keen corporate donors, will also be contributed to LEAP to continue the organisation’s endeavours.

Says Vanessa Herbst Marketing Manager at Canal Walk Shopping Centre: “Creating a space where we can collectively and publically engage in making a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves, is needed more today than ever before. We all need to remember and uphold the values of Nelson Mandela and Canal Walk would like to encourage as many people as possible to support this worthwhile and fun initiative.


July 18, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm