NNR employees giving hope to the elderly – Nelson Mandela Day
Last week Friday NNR staff visited the Badirammogo Old Age Home in Olievenhoutbosch in support of the Nelson Mandela Day campaign. The NNR staff dedicated their time to gardening, cooking soup and pampering the elders.The Nelson Mandela Day is an international campaign that encourages everyone to be humble and to offer something valuable to someone less fortunate. Most of the elderly at the home spend their days sitting outside in the sun in wheelchairs with no company or much excitement to their day. The NNR added a vibrant atmosphere that excited the old people.
The day was made possible by all NNR employees who donated money, time and skills to uplift the home. On the day the elders were each presented with warm blankets. The rest of the day was spent spoiling the elders and bonding with them. During lunch they were treated to a mini soup buffet offering split peas with beef soup, sugar beans with bacon and bone marrow soup as well as cream butternut soup which was all soft and tender enough to be enjoyed by the elderly with no complaints. NNR employees worked in the garden,planting cabbage, beetroot, carrots and onions. One of the most humbling moments for most participants was when they got to wash the feet of the elders. Many of the elders were so pleased with this humble act that some even started falling asleep due to the state of relaxation they were in. Kagiso Mokwena, the Corporate Governance intern was moved by participating in the event, he said “At first being part of the event was just for doing my part for the Mandela Day 67 minutes campaign. However when I started taking off the socks of the old man only to realize that he’s feet had not been washed for weeks if not months, it really hurt me. I realised that as people we also need to do things that old people will truly appreciate, things they cannot do them for themselves anymore.”
Some of the elders were so excited to have company they would not stop speaking about the good old days of their youth. Matutu Moleme the Risk Management Officer said one of her favourite moments was “seeing the old people smile, connecting to them emotionally and having free life lessons from them made it worth my while. Not only did I give, I got back too in more ways than one.”The day was filled with fun, laughter and a lot of humility.The day encouraged and reminded employees of the quality and power of a kind and giving heart.
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