Community and Charity

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre pulls out all the stops for Mandela Day

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria has planned some great events for Mandela Day on 18 July to show its support for and appreciation of the surrounding communities, which include orphanages, cyclists travelling to and from Mamelodi township, and an animal shelter.

“We want to give more than 67 minutes on Mandela Day,” says Andrea de Wit, marketing manager of the centre, referring to the annual call for people to devote one minute of their time for every year of Madiba’s public service, “so we’ve organised three separate events to maximise our efforts.”

Seventy children from Love with Wings and the Kids Care Trust have been invited to a wonderful fun-filled day in partnership with Checkers Hyper and Menlyn. The children will decorate their own cupcakes at Checkers, with the help of the South African Air Force, which has teamed up with their favourite charities to supervise the kids for the day. The children will then enjoy lunch at the Arapaho Spur before visiting The Fun Company for some awesome gaming. The kids will be given backpacks filled with goodies to remember their great outing.

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre has also partnered with Wollies Animal Shelter and Wuma Dog Food to help find homes for abandoned dogs from the shelter. There will be 67 dogs up for adoption at Cavendish Court, and all necessary paperwork will be provided to start the adoption process. Wuma will give you a free bag of dog food for your new furry friend. “We encourage our customers to donate dog food, blankets and toys to Wollies, as every bit helps,” De Wit notes.

Many people from nearby Mamelodi township use bicycles to get to and from work, and need help with keeping them on the road. A branded gazebo sponsored by both Menlyn Park and Bruce Reyneke Cycles will be set up at the intersection of Lynnwood Road and Solomon Mahlangu Drive, a spot these bicycle commuters cross daily. “Bruce Reyneke staff will be on site to help with repairs and also hand out safety kits to the first 67 cyclists,” says De Wit. “And for those bicycles that just can’t be fixed, a few bicycles will be given away.”

Customers can make their minutes count at Menlyn for Mandela Day by interacting with the dogs, helping the kids make cupcakes (11:00 -12:00) or join us at the intersection of Lynnwood Road and Solomon Mahlangu Drive and handout safety kits. Share your minutes with us and use the hashtag #MenlynGivesBack67.