Mandela Day, celebrated on 18 July every year, brings together South Africans from all over the world, as they invest 67 minutes of their day to give back to the community. Printing and packaging giants, Colourtone Aries, regularly gives a large number of reams of paper to selected schools in the community to provide much needed assistance to teachers. This year, on Mandela Day, Colourtone Aries invited W.D Hendricks, Bokmakierie, Eldene and Elswood Primary Schools to their factory for a unique surprise.
The staff at Colourtone Aries packed stationery packs that consisted of a notebook, pen, pencil, a sharpener, a ruler and an eraser for all 300 pupils in each of the four schools as well as five boxes of A4 paper per school.
Ryan Bywater of Colourtone Aries said, “We as a company, support many worthwhile organisations but it is the community of Elsies River that hold a special place in our hearts. We all live in different parts of the Cape but we all spend most of our lives in this area and are privileged to be able to give back to the people that uplift it on a daily basis. It was Mr. Mandela himself that inspired our vision of our corporate social development when he quoted “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and we hope that we will continue to live up to this in doing our part to make this world a better place. It is this quote that inspires us to give back to the community in which we operate, and especially the schools that are developing our future leaders.”
The father of our new nation, Nelson Mandela, or Madiba as all South Africans so affectionately know him, dwarfs our efforts in uplifting South Africa and he instills a true rainbow nation spirit in all of us. By giving back a little by little to the community Colourtone Aries hopes to keep this spirit alive and significantly improve the lifestyles of all learners in the surrounding community. Colourtone Aries continues to provide paper on a regular basis to schools in the area in their drive to make a difference.