Mandela day @ Lourensford

Friday, 19 July, 2013
Lourensford Wine Estate
Yesterday (18 July 2013) was Mandela day in South Africa, celebrated on his birthday. He turned 95 this year!
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” South Africans are urged to each make a difference. No matter how small. For 67 minutes representing his 67 years of public service.

In the great man’s own words:

‘During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people, I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.’

At Lourensford we had a two-part plan:
  1. Making food parcels that was delivered to pensioners who previously worked at Lourensford and
  2. Starting an Arboretum in Madiba’s honour so his legacy can live on at Lourensford for always. An Arboretum is a collection of trees (both indigenous to South African and from the rest of the world). Lourensford’s own Rainbow Garden in essence! This year we planted 5 indigenous trees and one Protea cynaroides (King Protea as most people know it) with a cultivar officially known as Madiba!
People are invited to come and have a look at our work-in-progress Rainbow Garden when they visit Lourensford’s Tasting Room. And drink a glass to a great man!

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