On Mandela day this week, the Southern African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA) collaborated with Moore Stephens B&W Chartered Accountants and Auditors as well as Atlas Tower to share in the joy of the children of the Jakaranda Children’s Home in Pretoria.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats it children,” spoken by the person whose heart always carried the voices of every child he met, Tata Mandela. Every year we salute him on Mandela Day for his dedication to make the world a better place.

The Social Committee of Moore Stephens put together the event which was themed Mandela Day Fun Day. “Our aim was to do something that will put smiles on the faces of children from the children’s home. Madiba always put children first and through this the gratitude in the doer’s heart shines brighter.” said Wernand Swart, head of the Social Committee of Moore Stephens.

The day opened with a braai after which the children and the adults were grouped into teams. Each team painted each other’s faces and hands with a team colour. The teams joined in soccer, hand canvas-painting and making candy floss. Every person who joined in on the fun met their child-selves again. “Fun, games, smiles, laughter. The atmosphere was ecstatic at Jakaranda Children’s Home,” said Paul van Rensburg from Atlas Tower about the day.

“Interacting with the children of Jakaranda Children’s Home was a touching experience that left us with the feeling of gratitude and appreciation. We learned the valuable lesson of giving without expecting anything in return, yet we received so much back,” SAIBA commented.

The day ended with a snack pack for everyone. Leandra Raats, from Atlas Tower, expressed, “It was such a privilege to be able to spend some time with the children at Jakaranda Children’s Home on Mandela Day. Sometimes the best gift you can give is your time – 67minutes.”

The three companies also donated a range of grocery items and said they were grateful to be able to share their time to make a “Madiba difference”.