Madiba Day 2018

In celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, and what is a truly special Madiba Day, we, as Samsonite Southern Africa, wanted to give back to our community in a way that was special for us. As part of our efforts to give back we had the privilege of visiting Arden Primary school based in the Mid-Illovo area to give a very special gift.

our team with the wonderful kids at arden primary school!

Being a small farm school of 38 students with only 3 teachers, these children did not have a recreational area to play in during break times. We thought it would be perfect to gift these special young children with a jungle gym, not only to make play time memorable but also assist in their motor skill development. What a joy it was to see the delight on their faces when they were told they were allowed to play on it outside. .

Our E-Commerce Team with the teachers of arden primary and their principle mrs. gwambe with the new jungle gym!

We were also thrilled to plant 5 trees for them which will enrich their school grounds and eventually turn into shaded areas for the kids to enjoy play and lunch time. This is a big drive for Samsonite globally in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and give back to our environment.

Along with that we gifted each teacher with an American Tourister backpack, filled with writing equipment, books and snacks.

Special thanks must be made to Darrin Barfoot from National Stationers, who sponsored us with stationary to give to the kids in their goodie bags as well as writing books for all the children, we also thank Supa Mama for sponsoring these bags.

the team planting trees
enjoying some time with the kids
snack time!

Shanon, the owner of Gwahumbe Lodge in the Mid-Illovo area who helped coordinate our effort, left us with some positive words: “What a wonderful way to give back on this Mandela Day! A massive shout out to Samsonite for initiating the building of a jungle gym at our local Arden School. Samsonite arrived laden with school books, backpacks filled with teaching aids for the teachers and a goodie bag for each child. The sheer delight on the little faces will remain etched in my mind for ever. Samsonite arranged for 5 trees to be planted in the school gardens. It was such a privilege to be involved this event.”