Working on Fire celebrates Madiba

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From the left are Akhona Magcakini (WOF Health & Safety Officer), Siya Qomoyi (Sisanga Qomoyi Foundation founder), Ntshuxeko Masangu (WOF Social Development Practitioner) and Gladson Motloung (WOF Fire Awareness Training Officer).

Working on Fire Free State’s management has been as charitable as always in honour of Mandela Day by spending more than 67 minutes at Sisanga Qomoyi Foundation.

The Working on Fire Provincial Office celebrated the day by making a donation of clothing and perishable food items to the Sisanga Qomoyi Foundation, which provides warm meals to hundreds of children throughout the greater Bloemfontein area in marginalized communities in need of food.

“With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic it has become even more crucial to celebrate important charitable days like Mandela Day. Mandela Day is celebrated annually and serves as a day to give back and to connect with your fellow man.

Various issues such as health, education and social welfare were among the issues that were highlighted as part of Mandela Day celebrations across the country,” said Wayne Mokethi, spokesperson for Working on Fire in Bloemfontein. The Working on Fire Team as well as the Foundation followed the Covid-19 regulations by wearing their masks and sanitising regularly.

Many people have been adversely affected by the virus – not only physically; they have been financially affected, which leaves them vulnerable and in need of any form of assistance, Mokethi added. “The Sisanga Qomoyi Foundation additionally provides a safe haven for children in the Heidedal area where these children can go and complete their homework and have a meal after school or any time of the day.”

Ntshuxeko Masangu, Social Development Practitioner, said, “We decided to partner with the Sisanga Qomoyi Foundation because of the good work they are doing for the young children in the communities. We saw the brilliant initiatives that they had and knew that we had to take hands with them for Mandela Day and make a difference in the lives of these young children.”

The management of Working on Fire was exceptionally pleased and grateful that they too had left a positive footprint in the lives of these children.

Heidre Malgas

heidre@mahareng.co.za