Hoteliers roll up sleeves for children on Mandela Day
"It always seems impossible until it's done," said Nelson Mandela. And in his honour, around 80 staff from 15 City Lodge Hotel Group properties in Johannesburg set about refurbishing the boys' dormitory and cleaning the girls' dormitory and main kitchen of the New Jerusalem Children's Home in President Park, Midrand in a single day. The home provides residential care facilities for some 95 boys and girls, ranging in age from infants to 18-year olds, and is run by 32 staff members. The centre is a place of safety for abandoned and abused, orphaned and vulnerable children and has sheltered more than 1,000 children since it was established in September 2000.
Hotels donated their time and expertise, housekeeping and maintenance teams, suppliers’ services and discontinued bedding, curtains and towels. As CLHG refurbishes its properties, used items in good condition are passed on to organisations in need, like this one. Rooms were painted, cupboards repaired, new shower curtains installed, holes in ceiling boards and leaking taps and toilets repaired, curtain rails replaced, and the entire space deep-cleaned.
“The New Jerusalem Children’s Home thanks City Lodge Hotel Group for going the extra mile and celebrating Mandela Day with us, offering your valuable time to give our boys’ residential unit a total facelift, fixing and maintaining broken items, including electrical components and plumbing, and making it homely for the children,” says Raymond Madibogo, communications and PR manager.
“Nelson Mandela loved children and always lamented the fact that, whilst he was imprisoned, the sound he missed the most was that of children’s voices. When he was released from prison, the most cherished sound for him was of children laughing and playing freely. Therefore, I feel that our staff dedicating their time to helping children is a most significant cause and one which receives my heartfelt support,” says chief operating officer, Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo.
CLHG is grateful for the support from suppliers that donated expertise, time and consumables, including Octavo Electrical, Hychem, Gazbusters and Heat King.
This was one of several charitable initiatives identified and undertaken by general managers and their teams from across the group’s 54 hotels in South Africa.