MANDELA DAY INITIATIVE HELPS SECURE BUILDING
By: Nompakamo Dzanibe
The We Are Durban Foundation saw an opportunity to raise funds to buy their offices, by organizing a market on Mandela Day.
In the market organisers sold pre-loved clothing, books, music and toys that were donated by different people who were also part of the market.
There were food vendors selling breakfast and lunch. Illovo enabled people to enjoy baked treats with their coffee through selling pancakes.
Additional delicacies included a lemonade stand, ice cream stand and a coffee stand.
The We Are Durban Foundation is Section 21’s non-profit organisation, registered to bring about change by finding organizations that need assistant to reach their full potential.
This is achieved by providing a legal and transparent vehicle by which funding and volunteers can be managed to deliver sustainable change. All donations made to the We are Durban Foundation are tax deductible.
“We started six years ago when we realized that Durban had a lot of non-profit organizations which were gradually decreasing each year,” explained Linda Morrison, managing director of the We are Durban Foundation.
The Durban University of Technology’s Fashion and Textile Department also played a huge part in making the market a success. First and second year students coordinated by Fezile Mdletshe, donated clothes, baked goodies, and toys.
One student had his uncle who works for Imana to donate six new back-packs to the foundation.
“As the Fashion and Textile Department we wanted to do something tomorrow but since everyone was on holiday we managed to collect this much from the students and lecturers and hopefully it makes a difference to the market tomorrow,” explained Mdletshe.
“Today we are running a market and the proceeds of the market are going towards buying this building we are currently in, to make the work we doing in Durban more sustainable.
Hopefully this year we will afford the building and next year we will be raising funds for a different charity,” said Morrison.
People from different organizations contributed their time to making the market a success, Lesley Williamson from Olive Tree also volunteered her services into the success of the market.
Entertainment included a live performance by James Jeary.