Scores of children from the uMgungundlovu District and surrounding communities are set to benefit in the form of a state of the art children’s care facility at the Edendale Hospital. This is part of the legacy project brought by the Mandela Day MARATHON which commenced today and finishes tomorrow, Sunday, with the 42 KM Half Marathon, 21 KM and 10 KM in Pietermaritzburg.
In his address on behalf of the Mandela Family, at the Edendale Hospital, Inkosi Mandla Mandela, said that as a family they are very happy with the progress and growth that is evident in the Mandela Day Marathon, as Nelson Mandela was an avid sports follower and had always prioritised keeping fit, even in his old age. “The development which we are seeing today is incredible and will go a long way to ensuring that my grandfather’s legacy makes an impact in the lives of children in this District”.
Speaking on behalf of the provincial government the MEC for Health in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, believes that the partnership that has been announced today, is in-line with values that Madiba, stood for. “Former State President MANDELA is renowned for his love for children. The years of his life he spent fighting against apartheid was so that each and every child would have a change to get access to quality services irrespective of geographical location. The investment being made by ABSA is immense and will ensure that our children have adequate facilities which they can utilise when they are in our Hospital” said Dhlomo.
“As the official sponsor of the Mandela Day Marathon, we felt that we needed to take our involvement with this Marathon a step further, with this project we are looking forward to putting a long of smiles on children’s faces who are admitted to this ward. Madiba is well renowned for his passion for children, and how he took up causes that are beneficial to children” said ABSA Provincial Managing Director Faszial Mkhize.
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