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Mandela-Madiba-67 minutes just for you. Happy Birthday!

Posted on July 18, 2011 by in charity

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Mandela-Madiba-67 minutes

Mandela-Madiba-67 minutes. Today Mandela or Madiba  is 93 years old. Wow, what an innings! I had planned a post about his birthday and how my family and I would do our 67 minutes of community service, but was seriously lacking an angle to start my story with. Even after our 67 minutes( that turned into almost 3 hours), I was not quite sure how to go about it, but
this morning, on my way to work, while listening to the radio and  to various listeners and officials phoning in to wish Madiba, the golden thread that ran through all those phone calls and birthday wishes where Madiba’s humility and unpretentious lifestyle. These days politicians accumulate expensive cars, houses and worldly possessions, sometimes at the expense of the people or the cause they are fighting, but Madiba will go down as a  world icon because of his humble demeanor. Something that I strive for each and every waking moment, that I will never think I am better than the next person. I am not! I am here to serve……my children, my husband… community and you my faithful readers…

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Back to our Mandela-Madiba-67 minutes of community service…..My children were invited by friends to join them on their Mandela-Madiba-67 minutes and I asked to come along. My golden ticket was that I promised to bake the birthday cake and thanks to Thuli, we could also sponsor the home with some sweet treats.We visited Linawo’s Home in Pinelands and and although I drive pass the home everyday to fetch my children from school, nothing could prepare me for what I would experience inside. Linawo’s home was started in 1986 in Khayelitha near Cape Town by Ivy Konisi who became more and more aware of the number of children in her community who were being neglected and abandoned due to poverty, illness or substance abuse. In 2002, Ivy responded to this need by taking in some of these children and since then Ivy and some of her helpers and caregivers have cared for more than 20 children on a full-time basis. They provide the children with a home, three meals a day, schooling, nurturing and an opportunity to learn and grow as human beings. Currently Linawo’s home takes care of 15 children between the ages 2-13 years.

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Linawo Children’s Home has a heart to care for the vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa within a strong family structure. They believe in the value and importance of the family for children and want to ensure that the children get that( believe me, they are succeeding big time!) They operate by strong family principles and like most families; they aim to provide each child with a tertiary education so that they might become independent adults who can take care of themselves and make a contribution to our country.  The management and care-givers of Linawo’s home have many goals and future plans, but their need and want and calling to serve shines through all of this. The result is a house filled with happy children, lots of laughter and love. The one thing that struck me most was that no-one wants the children in Linawo’s home to be treated as charity cases, the children are taught values like giving is far better than receiving, in actual fact, they did their Mandela-Madiba-67 minutes of community service the day before in a neighbor’s garden who is a senior citizen. They have their own vegetable garden and whatever they can spare, they share with nearby neighbors.When we asked what we could bring or do for them, their answer was a simple one….just come play with us.

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My family and I went to do something  for our fellow mankind, but what we received in return is so much more. We sang, played soccer and made friends. On our way back home, I asked my children what they have learned and my daughter said:
“Mom, these children have nothing, but they are so happy!” My son was touched by the concern these siblings have for one another. Thank goodness no one asked me what I have learned, because my cup was running over with gratitude for all the things I have.

If you would like to partner with Linawo Children’s Home in future, whether it be a donation or help in any form, please contact Heather at

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Nelson Mandela

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4 Responses to “Mandela-Madiba-67 minutes just for you. Happy Birthday!”

  1. PinkPolkaDot 18 July 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Wow,Nins, great post!

  2. That Girl 18 July 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    It's always so important to remember and be thankful for what we have instead of trying to accumulate more.

  3. Marisa 21 July 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Children's charities lie especially close to my heart. I wish I could support them all! The people of Linawo will be in my prayers.

  4. thoi trang giay 5 March 2012 at 11:51 am #

    "The idea is that children at all government schools (along with any other person who wishes to join in) sing this song at 08h05 on Monday morning in what is sure to be a record breaking moment – millions of SAffers singing to the Nation's favourite hero / Tata when he turns 93!


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