Mandela Day 2019 – Fight against hunger – Impacting lives in the Alaris community

Mandela Day 2019 was celebrated at Alaris Antennas with the theme #Action Against Hunger.

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. This annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, is celebrated annually on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday.

At Alaris, we embrace the concept of “changing one life at a time” and this year, we decided to focus on a beneficiary in our local community.

A wise man once said that “a hungry child can’t learn”.  With this in mind, the staff at Alaris came together and made sandwiches to be delivered to a school in our community.  Staff contributed loaves of bread and Alaris Antennas matched the contribution with the necessary spreads.

On Thursday morning, 18 July, a cheerful crowd came together and eagerly got to work spreading the slices of bread.  The staff contribution was outstanding and the morning’s activities resulted into an awesome achievement of about 1100 sandwiches.


The school that was chosen as beneficiary, is Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School, based in the township of Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion, on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa. As we have been involved with the school before, we knew that the contribution will be welcomed.

Some of the staff members visited the school to deliver the boxes of bread and sandwiches. These  were gratefully received by the children, teachers and headmistress.

A brief background on the school and justification to get involved:

  • This is a “no fee” and public school, based in the Olievenhoutbosch township in Pretoria.
  • The concept of a “no fee” school is that the parents do not pay school fees, since the school is located in a very poor community. They are dependent on grants from the Department of Education and the involvement of the business community.
  • The school has about 1400 learners and the 107 matriculants achieved a 100% matric pass rate last year, including a couple of distinctions.
  • The great concern is that some of the learners go without food for a whole day.
  • The school is managed by a strong and positive principal whose aim is to bring change to the community.

During this initiative, we were once again reminded that one individual can indeed make a difference in another person’s life:  In the words of Madiba:  “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”