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Newcastle Advertiser staff spend 67 minutes for Mandela Day with the homeless – (Watch)

"We have to continue looking out for each other, especially those less fortunate then us, and remember that Mandela Day is not just about 67 minutes of charity, but an important reminder to always hold out a helping hand to those who need it."

On Mandela Day (July 18) people from all over Newcastle felt the Madiba Magic as they spent 67 minutes giving back to the community, and putting into practice Nelson Mandela’s legacy of love, care and dedication to others.

For the celebrations the Newcastle Advertiser hosted a soup kitchen-drive, and spent 67 minutes with the homeless community of Newcastle.

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Over the past couple of weeks, the staff of Advertiser have been hard at work collecting blankets and winter clothing for the Newcastle Advertiser Winter Drive, and according to the Advertiser, Sales Manager Cherryl Mungal  she is extremely proud of the initiative’s success.

Newcastle Advertiser staff members prepare soup for their 67 for Mandela day-initiative.

“We are very thankful to the community of Newcastle who opened their hearts and helped us make the day a bit better for the homeless of Newcastle,” she said.

The Newcastle Advertiser staff members who attended the soup drive on Mandela Day.

For Mungal the success of the day was not measured in the quantity of items they were able to distribute, or the number of people who were involved, but rather seeing the difference one could make in just 67 minutes.

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“Our aim for Mandela Day was to feed the homeless people and help them keep warm this winter and we achieved that. They turned up in their numbers and just seeing the gratitude on their faces was extremely rewarding,” she continued.

Every year Mandela Day gives us as South Africans the opportunity to help ease the despair in the lives of others, but for Mungal it is also an important reminder that helping others does not have to be limited to one day a year.

“We have to continue looking out for each other, especially those less fortunate then us, and remember that Mandela Day is not just about 67 minutes of charity, but an important reminder to always hold out a helping hand to those who need it,” she concluded.

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